Fill Up My Cup... Mazel Tov!: Bar Mitzvahs on Television

Posted on November 11th, 2018
From the Blog Pataphysical Science


During a recent Shabbat dinner conversation with my friend Emily (@Stagemaven on Twitter), the topic of the best bar mitzvah episodes of television shows came up. She mentioned that someone should write a blog post about that and I kept it in the back of my mind. But then I heard about the January 18 episode of Saturday Night Live in which Drake's monologue had him talking about his bar mitzvah (he's Jewish!). And then I watched the February 11 episode of New Girl, in which Schmidt tries to pick up a Hebrew school teacher at a bar mitzvah, and the February 27 episode of The Crazy Ones about the ad agency having to throw a bar mitzvah for a client's son. So these all seemed like signs that I should go ahead and write that blog post. Thanks for the idea, Emily.

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7 extraordinary Israeli-designed music videos

Posted on November 4th, 2018
By Rebecca Stadlen Amir for Israel21c


From Beyoncé and Jay-Z, to Coldplay and U2 and more, many of the world’s top musicians turn to Israel for show-stopping visual effects and design.


Over the past several years, Israeli directors, producers and animation artists have taken part in the making of some of the most talked-about music videos in history.


From Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s iconic “Apes**t” video at the Louvre, to Coldplay’s Grammy-nominated video for “Up&Up,” many of the music industry’s top performers turn to Israel for show-stopping visual effects, animation and visual design.


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The Call of the (Ladino) Brunette

Posted on October 28th, 2018
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Sefaradi Sounds 


Noam Vazana’s Moroccan-born grandmother used to sing to her in Ladino. Listen as Vazana (aka Nani, the nickname her grandmother lovingly gave her) performs a whispering and velvety version of the Ladino classic, Morenica (“The call of the brunette”).

 

Vazana has plans to record the world’s first Ladino pop album under Vazana’s stage name, Nani — her grandmother’s nickname for her.


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Story of the Song | Women Wage Peace

Posted on October 21st, 2018
From Yael Deckelbaum.com


The song "Prayer of the Mothers", was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”.

The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.

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The Secret Jewish History Of ‘A Star Is Born’

Posted on October 14th, 2018
By Seth Rogovoy for The Forward
 


Like the cicadas that spend most of their lives underground, emerging only every 13 or 17 years (and how they decide is for you to know and me to find out), the movie musical “A Star Is Born” gets remade every few decades or so. The latest incarnation, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is scheduled to open on October 5, having premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and at festivals in Toronto and San Sebastian in September.


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