Frum Judaism, holidays, Judaism, rants, Uncategorized, YouTube

Maccabeats new Purim Song video: The Lame Remains the Same

Back in December, I talked about the Maccabeats, the Yeshiva University  cappella group and their video “Candlelight,” which brought in over 4.7 million hits on You Tube. Although extremely catchy, I honestly can’t stand that song. Even worse, I couldn’t even go on Facebook anymore without being bombarded with the overkill of linking to the video. In the end however, I decided to take the high road and compliment the group for capitalizing on the weak taste of today’s society for the sake of their own popularity as well as in finding a way to publicize a better understanding of the holiday via song.

I concluded by saying that “I look forward to their next big hit about how “they tried to kill us, failed, so we feast” celebration.”

But after watching the group’s newest song and video entitled “Purim Song,” I would  like to take that back that previous statement… Because I never wanna look forward to something that lame ever again. Continue reading “Maccabeats new Purim Song video: The Lame Remains the Same”

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Judaism, life, media, Opinion, YouTube

On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You”

Another ditty of a Jewish parody of a popular song is making its rounds of viral fame, and this time it’s Cee-Lo’s Green‘s “Forget You” (or should I say F**k You) becoming “Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew):

So at first I was just gonna make fun of video, I kinda liked it. But just kinda… Continue reading “On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You””

media, Toronto, Uncategorized, YouTube

Toronto & Ontario Commercial Jingles

In honour of the Super Bowl, and specifically the unnecessary madness that ensues over the commercials, I’ve decided to publish a little something I’ve had in mind of posting for a while…

Every city has its own companies and businesses, which usually results in several jingles and commercials that are somewhat exclusive to that surrounding area. And as you’ll eventually see (and hear) below, Toronto is a perfect example of this. And if you were brought up watching television or listening to the radio in Toronto, you’d be surprised to realize just how many of these jingles have become so ingrained in your memory…. Continue reading “Toronto & Ontario Commercial Jingles”

Awesome, Israel, media, YouTube

Jerusalem 2111: Whoa…

I came across a video the other day that really captivated me. It wasn’t because of what message it was trying to deliver, but rather I was taken back by the thrilling drama in a very unlikely and unfamiliar setting. And than… before I could say whoa, the climax/twist had me thinking “What?!”

Turns out the video was one of many entries for Jerusalem 2111, an international animation competition, which took place from July 2010 until the end of the calendar year. This above video took home third place. How I never came across any of these videos is a complete shock to me.

Continue reading “Jerusalem 2111: Whoa…”

media, Sports, Toronto

Cabbie On The Street leaving The Score – a big loss for sports fans

Playing with Mike Green's hair: Typical Cabbie interaction with the athletes

I was saddened this week to hear that Cabral “Cabbie” Richards will be leaving The Score (a 24-hour sports channel in Canada) after nearly a decade of service. He was one of my favourite interviewers and he will be sorely missed.

Richards was known for his popular “Cabbie On The Street” segments where he got real up and close with athletes and fans, posing unusual questions, which usually resulted in unusually entertaining responses. Continue reading “Cabbie On The Street leaving The Score – a big loss for sports fans”

Awesome, Judaism, YouTube

The Definition of Awesome: Frummies Dancing on a Highway

This video reminds of the good ol’ days in Israel… except we danced inside our vehicles (the bus) and didn’t cause a scene managing to get on TV. And the weather was nice… When the snow hit Toronto yesterday morning, I took one look and groaned. Then I closed my eyes and remembered I was reading the Torah at shul that morning and eventually had to face the snow. I almost got into an accident within the normally 5 minute drive, then extended to 10+ minutes due to the whitewash outside. Definitely not an occasion to bust out the Rebbe Nachman mix…

Nonetheless, this video makes me laugh 🙂

Hanukkah, holidays, Judaism, media, YouTube

Hanukkah: It’s all about the music

Music is appropriate for a ton of things, like having a good time (or getting through a bad time…) and holidays are no different in this matter. And while everyone knows the famous X-mas songs (whether they like them or not), for Hanukkah, one might think the chosen people certainly don’t have much to choose from when it comes to serenading one another amongst the holiday season. Sure everyone knows Maos Tzur and whatever tune they have for Haneiriot Hallalu, but after those two, the traditional options of song become much limited in genre (and in overall quality).

Continue reading “Hanukkah: It’s all about the music”

Awesome, Judaism, YouTube

The Definition of Awesome: AJWS Public Service Announcement

I’ve gotta say, this is a nice video. I have no particular reason why, but it just is.

AJWS is short for the American Jewish World Service.

Here’s the text contained in the video description:

This AJWS public service announcement, created by uber-producer/director/writer Judd Apatow, shows a funnier, edgier side of global justice and features some big-name stars: Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mayer, Susan Sarandon, Sir Patrick Stewart, Andy Samberg, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Helen Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gilbert Gottfried, Brian Williams and Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog. The PSA premiered at AJWS’s 25th anniversary celebration on October 28, 2010.

The best line has to be Ben Stiller’s “JAWS Week” or pretty much anything muttered by Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog. (In fact, Robert Smigel – the man behind the puppet, is indeed Jewish).

Awesome.

‘Nuff said.

antisemitism, Loser List

Loser List #13: Hasan Bolkhari & Hazem Abu Ismail

Hasan Bolkhari

So one of the more popular things for Israel-bashers to do of late is to take random thing in the world, for example an animal or a product, and relay its actions or characteristics as antisemitic or something of the sort. What I mean is that they find some random piece of pop-culture and go on to say that’s its part of a crazy “Jewish/Zionist conspiracy theory” of how we’re taking over the world or some other nonsense. It’s a tool for racism that’s been practiced beyond count throughout the annals of history, and although that means this is nothing really new, it just comes to show how little progression, growth, evolution or advancement anti-Semites have to show for themselves over time.

Hazem Abu Ismail

And as documenters of the present, we are therefore also documenters of history, which means it is with great benefit that we do what we can to not only record our era’s examples of anti-Semitism, but to expose it for the rest of world for now, and in the future. If someone were to view this blog post much later in the future, it would be no different then you and I visiting a museum and viewing the countless pieces of anti-Semitism produced by the Nazis or any other group of people that have tried to take on the Jews. Continue reading “Loser List #13: Hasan Bolkhari & Hazem Abu Ismail”