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  • Top ten Jewish moments from last night’s Oscars

    by Uri Fintzy
     
    Hollywood came together last night to pat itself on the back for the 85th time, and although the Jewish king of film, Steven Spielberg, failed to bring yet another trophy after “Lincoln” lost to “Argo,” and Israel was once again on the losing spot (though not to Iran like last year, if you want to look on the bright side), we were able to find ten Jewish moments even without Billy Crystal hosting.
    Here are the top ten Jewisn moments from last night’s Oscars:
    10. William Shatner appeared as a grumpy Captain Kirk for the opening bit.
    For fans of Seth MacFarlane, the show’s host, the cameo of Shatner as his memorable “Star Trek” character did not come as a surprise, as MacFarlane is known as an avid “Trekkie.” The best thing about his appearance was his constant criticism of the host, which led to the the wonderful sock puppet rendition of the film “Flight.”
    Oscars 2013 – Opening Number With Seth… by IdolxMuzic
     
    9. Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt danced together
    The two young Jewish heartthrobs danced together with MacFarlane in a tribute to the film “High Hopes,” and later took this adorable backstage photo.

    Apparently the two can dance, and apparently Radcliffe, who was known to be a short guy, is like really really short. And speaking of short people: More ▸

  • Top 10 reasons why we love Purim, as seen through photos

    Purim, the festival of drinking, giggles, dress up, and those triangle cookies, is a time to feature some hidden creativity for costumes.
    Some see this as a time to unleash their inner skank, others, their more controversially political side.
    Here are our top 10 reasons why we love Purim, according to some holiday photos…
     10. Because on this day, rabbis have green hair!
    (and it suits him rather well.)

    (Courtesy of BBC)
     
    9. Because animals can be counted for a minyan
    .(But not women, of course… just kidding! But seriously…)

    (Courtesy of AVAX) More ▸

  • A Bar Mitzvah video is going viral

    There are Save the Dates you receive in the mail for family events, and then there’s this. Daniel Blumen, a little Jewish boy from Atlanta, made a music video to remind those about his upcoming Bar Mitzvah event, and the video has since gone viral, surfacing on CNN, ABC, NBC, Yahoo!, and the Daily Mail,… More ▸

  • Hamantaschen– Jaquann & Luis style (NSFW)

    They’re back. Jaquann & Luis, the folks behind Napkin Note’s “Bubala Please” Jewish web series that makes music videos about the Jewish holidays, has another video which surfaced this week, this time explaining Purim’s traditional cookies, hamantaschen. The video addresses everything one should have in mind during the Purim season: shiksahs. Manischewitz, and of course,… More ▸

  • 10 TV Jewish couples we love

    There aren’t that many Jewish couples out there. On television, that is.
    Sure, there are plenty of mixed marriages, as there are in real life, but the small screen doesn’t usually feature a couple where both members are Jews.
    But we were able to come up with 10 of our favorites in honor of Valentine’s Day after racking our pop culture-loving brains (and searching the internet).
    Here they are:
    1. The “retired and moved to Boca” couple – Helen and Mordy Seinfeld (“Seinfeld”)

    They love each other but fight all time. They wonder why you never call them (or Uncle Leo) and invite themselves over. Mordy (Barney Martin) always complains and yells about everything he doesn’t like, and Helen (Liz Sharidan) yells back at him but always has his back. The Seinfelds are the thick-skinned, proud and caring couple who somehow get along in a faraway land called Florida. More ▸

  • Harlem Shake hits Yeshiva University

    You basically can’t do anything to get away from the Harlem Shake. You’ll see it on the news, under water, in Norwegian army drills, and even kids are doing it, so it was only a matter of time before Yeshiva University got the memo and gathered in their lounge to give the dance a (feeble?) attempt. Here’s… More ▸

  • ‘Jew’ is the new ‘cool’ in Dutch, linguist says

    THE HAGUE (JTA) — Dutch teenagers are using “Jew” akin to “cool” or “awesome” in English, according to a linguist from Leiden University. Professor Marc van Oostendorp wrote Monday on his blog that he heard the new usage of the word “jood” (pronounced yode) at a high school in Leiden shortly after learning about the phenomenon from an… More ▸

  • The Israeli Election Committee is targeting the hipster vote in a new video

    Israel is having its general election on January 22, in case you wonder and don’t happen to have Israeli friends who repetitively post obnoxious political statuses on Facebook. The Israeli Election Committee wants everyone to vote, so they have been producing massive voting encouragement campaign, and has made it as far as reaching even the most… More ▸

  • What’s the deal with the “Modern Seinfeld” Twitter account?

    What if the most popular sitcom of all time, “Seinfeld,” took place in 2012? It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 14 years since the “show about nothing” went off the air, and while we still enjoy the nightly syndication episodes, two people figured out how a modern-day “Seinfeld” would look like with a new, popular… More ▸

  • Watch a bunch of Hasidic Jews rock ‘Gangnam Style’ in Yiddish

    (Post by JTA’s Adam Soclof) At Tiferes Rivka wedding hall in Brooklyn, N.Y., Eli Leno and Sori Schlafrig celebrated their wedding on the second night of Chanukah with a special musical tribute: a parody of the chart-topping single “Gangnam Style.”  The videowas posted to YouTube under the title “Hasidic Jews going Gangnam style,” although a quick visual… More ▸