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  • 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 ▸

  • Shvigger me timbers? JTA editor’s Yiddish-speaking pirates

    Seasick from the rough waters ahead at the U.N this week? You’re in good company: Today is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day."  In 1927, longtime JTA Editor Aleph Katz gave swashbucklers a Yiddish makeover: [[READMORE]] Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate and seaman of Treasure Island, now speaks Yiddish in a translation of Robert Louis… More ▸

  • The haimish line and the charity stripe

    Do Jewish professional basketball players live above or below the haimish line? [[READMORE]] David Brooks’s old-timey espousal of the haimish line is powerful. "Often, as we spend more on something,"  opines Brooks, "what we gain in privacy and elegance we lose in spontaneous sociability." Just as self-restraint can be fulfilling, shtetl wisdom can be refreshing…. More ▸

  • Bialik made Hebrew revival more than pulling teeth

    Today more than ever, I empathize with Hebrew school students. The hopeless saggy-eyed droop on my face mirrors theirs as the nation’s heatwave kicks me in the chest with unconscionable force, instructing me to stay seated and type until the bell rings. It’s not that Hebrew instruction is painful, like having your teeth pulled. It’s… More ▸

  • Michele Bachmann Mangles Yiddish

    Michele Bachmann thinks the president has a lot “choots spa” for his stimulus package. To which all of our bubbes responded: Yiddish — you’re doing it wrong. Funny that Bachmann can’t seem to make the throat clearing sound the proper pronunciation of the “chutzpah” requires especially since that is the sound the rest of us… More ▸