I admit it, I am NO Bieber fan. Nor am I am Gaga fan. I know people just love them. I fancy a more retro taste, however. In my case, retro is in. Oldies are classics but they are only repeats of classics.
Retro-Music seems to always be in style. Perhaps it is because it’s always fun to reminisce about old times. We never got over The Doors and The Ramones. It could be 1980 or 2013 and “Let’s Go” is still playing while young people dance around. It may be 2013 and people are still going to do the hair/head shake while listening to the guitar riff in Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It just will never change. Some songs are just too classic.
But, how many bands make modern day music today, that sounds like it could belong in the radio station of the past? And I am not talking about remaking old songs into new songs. I am talking about original music made today, that sounds like it was written yesterday. And I am not talking about the current 80s revival music either . Make music that sound like The Beatles wrote it. Or the Stones.
Case in point, a new sound I heard and just had to share. I sat down next to my pc, hit “play” and relaxed while listening to the song. Suddenly I realized “this is Brilliant” Old music that is modern! What if…. modern day artists try something new for a change? Take the challenge and make modern day songs that sound like they belong in the past.
This composer did. Not only do I enjoy the songs but I find the tunes so catchy that they get stuck on my mind for a couple of hours, like a sweet aftertaste. I think is is quality music. Why can’t modern day music produce clean cut tunes like this:
The latest song just came out today. His second song was am homage to the classic sound of The Beach Boys. Believe me that song played in my head with an automatic replay button. And I was not complaining. I had to stick around for the next song and I heard a song that is classic, yet new. Old yet modern. Not only that, the lyrics are just real.
Fortunately, other artists also have the ability to make modern music with a “yesterday sound”. However, with the above artist I posted about, this is the first time I was transported to a time before I was even born. Picture this:
I am in a black and white movie and am walking alone in the early 1960s. In the distance I see and hear something down the Santa Monica Pier. All color of sounds appear and all sounds of joy. I then find myself in the middle of the crowd when a stampede of girls run to the stage to hear the latest bands play.
Well, this is only a dream, but it is what I feel when I hear that music. And how many times does this happen today? This is why I am both amazed and enamored by this sound!
While this composer is able to take us back to the 50s and early 60s. Other artists, such as Broadcast is able to transport us back to the 60s as well with the classic song “Come On Let’s Go”. MGMT takes us back to the time of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd with songs like “Weekend Wars” and “Siberian Breaks“. Or just plain Psychedelic 60s with “Flash Delirium”. The White Stripes take us back to the time of the Delta Blues with a modern twist. The Strokes took us to the time of The Ramones.
This is it, retro is not just about emulating and copying old things. It is about creating modern concepts that could easily fit today as in the past.
Rolling Stones in the 70s? No, it’s MGMT
Please suggest more artists…
As I sit here on a Wednesday night, drinking a dark beer- I suddenly had an urge to blog. Like the good old days. Suddenly, a warm feeling inside (memories of the past blogs) was replaced with an urge. The urge of what to write and when.
It has been months since I have written, the last blog was a bleak short metaphorical story. My most popular post is the “Kitchen Nightmares/Burger Kitchen” post. Which was a review of a TV reality show. Every time that show airs and re airs my stats rise up like fire. 800 vews, 1,000 views. Then, it all fades away like the dimming cinders of a bonfire. While the Kitchen Nightmares/Burger Kitchen post is the flagship “raison de etre” of my blog, I know nothing can ever compare to that post. The rest of my posts have been of trying to find my voice. Beer reviews, movie reviews, product reviews, name change. Whatever my place, I have not come up with a single theme.
Sure, some blogs do have a theme. From movie review blogs to religion blogs to political blogs. But what is my blog? I had a dream at some point, that my blog would be a fun place where I would share things that I would think about. That has been my problem, it is easy to loose track of a “theme” this way. What I want to do, is go back to my roots. This is investigations and hate lists. It’s what works for me. We all want to find out themes and I believe this is it for me.
Consequently, I have been reviewing my old blog topics and seriously, some past blogs have been so poorly written. I can really see how since I started writing in 2009- I have greatly improved. This could only mean that I can only keep improving. I want to thank each and every one of you for staying for the ride.
So, something I learned… no one really cares if I like the coffee I had in the morning, even I don’t care. Rather than write for me, I want to write for the art and passion that is putting words together to send out ideas.
So, I plan to redo my blog. Stay tuned, my friends.
Our Total Non-Affiliation with “Dor De`ah”
b’Shem HASHEM El `olam
To Whomever It May Concern:
The following statement is made with no intention to neither insult nor defame anyone, but purely in the defense of Torah truth. Moreover, we in no way infer any bad intentions on anyone’s part. Our protest is not against people, but against actions and statements made public.
Please be aware that, while we count Mr. Yosef Eliyah ben Avraham as a sincere, learned and well-intending friend and budding scholar, The Ohel Moshe Society (Beth Midrash Ohel Moshe) is in no way affiliated with the new organization “Dor De’ah”, which he has formed together with Mr. Asher Meza.
A SELF-DEFEATING NAME THAT INSTIGATES IRE
Calling an organization of so-called students of RaMBaM “Dor De`ah” reveals great ignorance. The term “Dor De`ah” was traditionally a negative term for the troublesome generation of Israelites who left Egypt, witnessed HaShem’s awesome miracles, and yet rejected the Land, only to die in the desert. “Dor De`ah” became a moniker used by kabbalistic zealots for those Yemenites who remained loyal to the original, ancient traditions of Yemenite Jewry before the works of the Ar”i came to Yemen.
It is a term that that has inspired bitter strife and division within the Yemenite community, even excommunication. In a generation when all Torah communities have so much to learn from one another, for many, this self-defeating name brings us back to a time that all Yemenite Jews have done their best to forget. For this reason, calling a RaMBaM-based Torah center “Dor De`ah” flies in the face of the path of our RaMBaM-Yemenite greats, namely HaRav HaGaon Mori Yosef Qapahh of blessed memory. It threatens to undo much of what his life work was about: “redifath shalom” – seeking peace, and through that, influencing the greater Torah world.
A MOCKERY OF AUTHENTIC HALAKHAH
While we thank and appreciate Mr. Yosef Eliyah for the zeal for Mishneh Torah and the other important Torah sources he shares with a wide and growing internet audience, we see it as a tragedy that he has joined a promoter and performer of mass conversions, one who routinely puts down normative Orthodoxy, insults the Noahide path –as if Noahides were no better than idolaters without conversion to Judaism– and shows ignorance in halakhah.
Mass Conversions… and by Converts
To promote and perform mass conversions, especially as a convert oneself (see below to “No Lack of Love for Converts Here”), even to officiate as a rabbi to begin with –all this in the name of the RaMBaM– is a cascade of halakhic error and a stumbling block:
1) Mishneh Torah forbids putting converts in any position of authority (M.T. Laws of Kings and Wars 1:5. Whoever imagines that “seraroth” (positions of authority) couldn’t apply to officiating over conversion, must not have read the law, which reads plainly, “…even over an irrigation channel”. Is commanding the transformation of the souls of righteous, God-fearing human beings less of a charge than an irrigation ditch?
2) To claim loyalty to the authentic halakhah of RaMBaM on one hand, and to encourage non-Jews who are unable to access a proper Beth Din to convert themselves –that such conversion is fully kosher– is disingenuous. RaMBaM states unequivocally: “One who immerses by himself and converts by himself or even before two [witnesses] is not a convert.” (Laws of Forbidden Sexual Relations 13:6) What part of this law is unclear?
3) Mass conversion makes careful investigation of converts nearly impossible. The tragic phenomenon mentioned by RaMBaM and true to this day, is that most converts end up returning to their formers ways (about 95% according to surveys by the Israeli Rabbanuth). Not for nothing did RaMBaM speak of the influx of insincere converts as being “like the plague of leprosy” for the Jewish People. (Laws of Forbidden Sexual Relations 13:15)
Due to this tragic phenomenon and the fact that conversion is irreversible, RaMBaM (restating authentic Talmudic Law) devotes a string of laws to warning against accepting converts without proper investigation (Laws of Forbidden Sexual Relations 13:14-15[17-18]). This brings in a Trojan horse of insincere Jews among our ranks. Moreover, it creates a disaster in which innocent non-Jews, who could have enjoyed the Life of the World to Come under the much simpler, lighter Noahide covenant, are now cut off from the eternal life of the soul – now being obligated to keep Shabboth and the other severe obligations of the Torah. (14:3) RaMBaM even relates how conversion was forbidden altogether in the days of King and David and Solomon. (13:12)
4) Aside from special, individual cases, efforts to convert non-Jews outside of Israel by a beth din hediototh (a non-official court of three observant Jewish men) –even with the converts’ full awareness that the conversion will not be recognized by the mainstream Orthodox world, much less by the Israeli rabbinate– are destined to create strife. If the effort succeeds, it can only give rise to a cult of that will remain cut off from the rest of the Torah world.
Disrespect for Torah Scholars
Despite the opinions we share with “Dor De`ah”, such as the importance of halakhah according to Mishneh Torah, we do not share nor condone their brazenly critical tone of ”Dor De`ah” against the greater Torah world. However we may protest the opinion of a Torah scholar, there is no permission to cast him as a “desecrator of Torah” We lament the blasting of such a critique to an audience overwhelmingly made up of non-Jews, converts and ba`ale teshuvah. If one wishes to express his private opinion as to how halakhah should be followed, he may do so. However, to tauntingly rebuke rabbis who hold even an errant opinion and to do so in public, inspires hhillul HaShem, hatred and cynicism of Torah scholars – one of the reasons for the destruction of the Holy Temple (Talmud Bavli tr. Shabboth 119b). In the end, we all lose: halakhic purists and followers of halakhic compromises alike.
Spreading Confusion and Derision at the Path of the Seven Laws
Based on Laws of Idolatry 10:9 and Laws of Kings and Wars 8:13, Mr. Meza understands that for RaMBaM, a Noahide is none other than a Ger Toshav (resident alien) – a status that will not exist again until the Jubilee (and Sanhedrin) is restored. Therefore, no option but conversion exists for a righteous non-Jew. He mocks rabbis who teach that we are to spread the Noahide Laws, showing an image of Pinnochio and his that keeps growing longer the more lies he tells. Besides stooping to such a disgraceful way to prove his point, Mr. Meza reveals himself to be terribly confused when elsewhere he speaks about “Bene Noahh” being permitted, if not obligated, to keep Shabboth. I thought there were no Noahides at this time in Mr. Meza’s universe?
If it were true that no option exists for non-Jews except conversion, this would mean that even the most sincere, God-centered Noahides are cut off from the Life of the World to Come (eternal life of the soul) until Geruth Toshav (resident alien status) can be restored, Heaven-forbid. While the sources quoted above refer to how Israel is to relate to non-Jews in the lands we conquer, nothing can take away from the simple fact that any non-Jew who accepts upon himself the Seven Laws is a “hhasid umoth ha`olam” –a pious one of the nations– with a place in the World to Come. (Laws of Kings and Wars 8:14)
Mishneh Torah was not meant to be studied in a bubble, but only after learning TaNaKh (M.T. Introduction point 42). Heaven forbid we should understand the halakhoth regarding non-Jews outside the context of Psalm 145 (verse 9), which Jews are bidden to recite thrice daily: “HaShem is good to all, and his compassion is over all his handiwork.” Are we to forget how Elisha` the prophet related to Na`aman, the heathen general of Aram, when he accepted the yoke of Heaven upon him as a righteous gentile without converting? Did he need to accept the 7 Laws before three Fellows * among the Sages of Israel – as required for a resident alien? Of course not: He remained in Aram, outside Israel’s jurisdiction.
Whoever would deny HaShem‘s love for Noahides even outside of Israelite sovereignty clearly speaks of a cruel God, not the God of the Torah.
NO LACK OF LOVE FOR CONVERTS HERE
Any claim that we are hereby committing the grave sin of hurting the righteous convert is disingenuous: First, the fact that Mr. Asher Meza and Mr. Yosef Eliyah are righteous converts is a publicized fact on the Internet, and therefore not rekhiluth (forbidden gossip). Moreover, none of what is written above is a personal attack on either one of them, but purely a response to widely-promoted work and false Torah teaching. One cannot accept or assume the position of rabbi, undertake to spew misleading Torah teachings that exhibit ignorance of halakhah, produce a growing number of converts and followers, and hide behind one’s rights as a convert.
Besides naturally-born Jews, Beth Midrash Ohel Moshe is home to a number of amazing converts, whose well-being and happiness we are continually preoccupied with. In all humility, it is safe to say that few, if any, Torah organizations have done more with their available resources and manpower to show love for the righteous convert.
Lastly, our own scholars are known for sharing the frustration with the current conversion crisis. Indeed, it is not uncommon to hear of amazingly sincere candidates being unfairly made to suffer through a dauntingly difficult path. Nonetheless, while a solution is yet to be found, mass conversions by novices in halakhah is not the answer. Meanwhile I continue to meet successful converts living happy lives in Israel, having been converted by normative rabbinical courts.
WHO WE ARE
While committed to RaMBaM’s Mishneh Torah, Beth Midrash Ohel Moshe is a normative, recognized Orthodox Torah community and outreach center, and an integral part of the local Yemenite community in Ramat Beit Shemesh. While we are dedicated to our pure halakhic path, we are equally dedicated to our role as members of the wider Torah community, and loyal citizens of Israel.
We wish our like-minded friends in Israel and abroad success in pursuing and growing in authentic Torah, and spreading its truth. Moreover, we pray that whoever accepts upon himself the great responsibility of spreading the poorly-known Torah of the RaMBaM in any official capacity, do so responsibly:
(1) Accurately, by inviting peer review and haskamot of noted hhakhamim (letters of approbation),
(2) with sensitivity, in a way that helps students to connect with the greater Torah world, and prepare him for life in Israel, our only true homeland,
(3) sagaciously and with love, with words that inspire unity with the greater Torah world, showing attachment to and sensitivity for the greater Torah world and our Land, and with great respect for the Torah giants of our generation.
We are a fractured and divided people. It takes no great skill to, through the verses of Mishneh Torah, pontificate to the ignorant about the ills of our society, to “increase mahhloqeth in Israel”, Heaven forbid. It is too easy to make quick judgments and spew barbs against poorly-understood policies of high-ranking Torah leaders (many of whom happen to know Mishneh Torah practically by heart), rather than undertaking to investigate what the rabbi truly said and why. It takes much greater skill to, through true Torah mastery and self mastery, humility and love, to emphasize the teachings that will strengthen the bonds that will unite us as a people.
With blessings from Beit Shemesh,
Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron, Beth Midrash Ohel Moshe
(This was originally posted on 1/10/13- but made private- so officially the last post)
There was a bid in the forest. A white and black speckled creature. With a majestic tail and strong wings. A bird that would soar above the flowers and the trees. Over lakes and mountains. A free bird.
She would perch herself on her nest in the highest part of her tree. She had the ambition to one day build a nest in the highest tree. Little by little, she would build her nest on taller trees. But she knew the highest tree in the forest was a little farther away. But she never gave hope- she knew she would make it.
One day, as she took a bath in a pond, washing her wings and taking a drink; a human approached. He silently hid in some bushes. As the bird bathes and rested, the man threw a net to trap her. The poor bird was startled! And unable to fly away, she was at the mercy of the man. He grabbed the bird, it was too late for her.
He took her to his cabin, the poor bird putting up a fight. But to no avail. The man grabbed her wings and clipped them and threw her in a cage.
How will the bird be able to fly to the highest tree if she is in a cage. Perhaps one day, the man will leave the door open and she will fly away.
(Pictures: the would be “Sam Bacile” with a comb over)
By now the news media is aware of the actions and consequences of Nakoula Bassely Nakoula…aka Sam Bacile. His film, Innocence of Muslims has spread like wildfire akin to that of the European anti-Muhammad cartoons. The movie itself looks like a spoof made by Tommy Wiseau or Adult Swim for their annual The Room April Fool’s Prank.
Unfortunately, this amateur and even ridiculous film is being blamed for the killings and violence that has erupted in the Middle East. A premeditated attack- yet blamed over a film. But rather than post the timeline and history or an expose about who Nakoula is, I am going to bring up a topic that is being ignored by the media.
If you do want a history and timeline I recommend these two posts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakoula_Basseley_Nakoula
Before the story unfolded, no one in the US knew about the film that sparked so much controversy. In fact, this has taken us by surprise. How could a movie that was virtually unknown in America for several months become a weapon against us by radical Islamist in the Middle East.
But here is one problem. Nakoula, under the guise of Sam Bacile the director, boldly proclaimed himself to be an Israeli-American Jew. Furthermore, he added that the movie was funded by anonymous Jewish donors and said Islam is cancer. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4280316,00.html
However, this is the real “Sam Bacile”:
So, Sam Bacile/Nakoula is not really a Jew nor Israeli. Prompting some quick corrections by news outlets: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/us-law-enforcement-nakoula-is-filmmaker-of-anti-muslim-movie-blamed-for-violence/2012/09/13/5f58265c-fe02-11e1-98c6-ec0a0a93f8eb_story.html
Nakoula, being an Egyptian Coptic Christian, would understand first hand the high levels of anti-Semitism in the Middle East. He would know that books like Mein Kamf and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are some of the most popular books in Arab countries. From school books and book stores. Being a man born in Egypt he would understand the conflicts between the Arab world and Israel.
Nakoula understood this very well. He also understood the rage that his movie would cause. He knew it would bring about anger, protests, hatred, violence and death threats. And yet even though he himself is an Arab Christian, he decided to call himself an “Israeli American Jew”. And that Jews funded the film. In other words, Zionists caused Muslims to become angry. Zionists plotted the film.
But why did Nakoula, knowing the consequences, call himself an Israeli Jew. He could have been responsible for more attacks on Jews all over the world. He could have been responsible for terrorists breaking into Chabad homes and Jewish schools to shoot at students. None of that happened this time, but Nakoula (through his plan of framing and scapegoating Jews for his film ) could have been responsible for attacks on more Synagogues, Jewish companies, schools the list goes on.
His decision to blame Jews for his film could be considered by some a blood libel. And to some, it may have been a calculated plan. During the shooting of the film, Nakoula introduced himself to actors as a wealthy Israeli real estate mogul, a Jew. One of the actors in the film explained that he proclaimed himself to be Israeli, later saying that he was Egyptian: http://gawker.com/5942748/it-makes-me-sick-actress-in-muhammed-movie-says-she-was-deceived-had-no-idea-it-was-about-islam
Her is a quote from the Gawker article
According to Garcia, her three days on set last July were unremarkable. The film’s mysterious pseudonymous writer and director, “Sam Bacile,” has claimed to be an Israeli real estate mogul. But Garcia said Bacile told her he was Egyptian on set. Bacile had white hair and spoke Arabic to a number of “dark-skinned” men who hung around the set, she said. (A Bacile associate also told The Atlantic he wasn’t Israeli or Jewish.)
But for a while, everyone believed Sam Bacile was an Israeli Jew a that the film was concocted by an evil Jewish/Zionist scheme; the damage was out in the open. Look at Nakoula now. Once boldly proclaiming to be an Israeli Jew as Sam Bacile, is now recoiling in fear.
At the point when the film caught fire and was erroneously blamed on the killings of the American diplomats in Libya, news of the “Israeli Jewish Bacile” and his Zionist conspiracy was causing a lot of hateful anti-Semitic opinions to fly around the web. It was an anti-Semite’s dream- it really did not get any better. An Israeli Jew causes hatred that gets Americans killed.
The internet anti-Semites were ready to proclaim their hatred of Jews and Israel and used Sam Bacile as proof of their claims. (I will post pictures below). For the most part, people had a freeway to anti-Semitism. Calling for attacks on Jews, insulting remarks, stereotypes. Just like Hitler would blame Jews for the troubles of Germany did readers place blame on Sam Bacile and Jews for the troubles in the US, the Middle East. Scapegoating and blood libel. Yet the media is not following up on the anti-Semitism door that Nakoula opened by calling himself an “Israeli American Jew”.
Now that we all know that Bacile is an Arab Christian, however, none of the anti-Semitic attackers have commented on it.
White Nationalist forum Stormfront has made the 12+ page thread about Bacile/Nakoula’s film private: http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t912902-12/
I collected about 38 screenshots from the anti-Semitic attacks that resulted from Nakoula’s libel and am posting the slideshow so that everyone can see the hatred of some Yahoo users. These are the comments that user may leave under news story articles. I could not resist and replied to some of the anti-Semites, asking them how it feels now that they know that Nakoula is not a Jew but an Arab Coptic Christian. So far no reply. Here are the top hateful comments. Note how some of the comments have several thumbs up. Sadly, many people agreed with their hateful anti-Jewish sentiments. Which is an eye opener to see how anti-Semitism is growing. And how when a Jew gets blamed for something, it becomes permissible to say such anti-Semitic statements. Usually when people who are neutral, they tend to feel uncomfortable hearing racist comments. But in this case (and after the brutal slaying of the diplomats and violence) many people seemed to agree with anti-Jewish attacks. in fact, it is permissible to call Jews insults. Let’s late a look: (courtesy of Yahoo comments)
Here is one that had NO thumbs down..in other words no one disagreed with him. I had to reply to his post (he has not replied back)
There is plenty more where that came from, 38 screenshots and counting. Here is a slide show:
Why would Nakoula claim to be an Israeli Jew? He knew what he was doing. He knew what it could have caused to Jews. Is he a bigot who wanted to hit two birds with one stone. Attack Muslims while blaming Jews for it. In his case it did not work. But there is always the question of why.
For the most part, it seems that some people believe that anti-Semitic sentiments are prominent amongst the Middle Eastern Christian communities: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=231998
I cannot say that this is the case with Nakoula until someone asks him why he pretended to be a Jew, but his actions speak loud and clear- he wanted Jews to be blamed for his film.
Personally, I experienced one attack from a Christian from Lebanon and some rude remarks by Copts. The Chrisitan from Lebanon asked me if I didn’t realize that The Holocaust happened to show us that G-d was no longer with us for “rejecting Jesus”. I let this man know many things in return. On the other hand, I met a very nice Jordanian Catholic man in college who was very open minded and loving of the Jewish people.
As I mentioned previously, the movie seems like a spoof for an Adult Swim prank. It’s completely awful. The actress that spoke out in response to the film said she (and the other staff) had no idea this was meant to be an anti-Islam film.
Apparently she is correct. Her LinkedIn profile lists that she was in Desert Warrior (the working tittle of the film)
And Gawker magazine got a good screen shot of the original casting call for the film, under the working tittle Dessert Warrior:
It’s interesting that the casting call accepted SAG actors considering that by no means SAG would have been involved. And to be quite honest I don’t believe that any credible actor would accept to become involved with such a dubious casting call. One that does not go through agents.
In the end, it seems that the actors were duped. The media did not know about the film. It was out for a few months. Only when it was translated into Arabic did the violence begin and American readers started to comment on how Zionist Jews are responsible for all the world troubles.
Nakoula could have said he was “An American Atheist” a “Greek Billionaire” a “South American Agnostic” a “European Buddhist” or simply “An American Filmmaker” but he used some calculated words “Israeli American Jew”.
The provocation the film caused became an opportunity for Westerners to be able to express their true feelings about Jews. We got a good glimpse at how acceptable it is to say anti-Jewish remarks under certain situations. And we saw how many agree with the sentiments. It makes one wonder, what else could happen to assist in bringing out the deep anti-Semitism of the average person?
We can begin by analyzing the roots of why Nakoula decided to call himself an “Israeli American Jew”. And it should be time for Yahoo (which is where I got my screenshots) and other news sources make a better expose of the anti-Semitism Nakoula provoked. In the end, I would like to note that nothing excuses the killings of any human being over this movie. Nothing excuses any attacks or the intolerance that we have seen from the Muslim world as a result of the film. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203019/Middle-East-protests-FBI-warns-attacks-spread-U-S.html
I took this screenshot of Sam Bacile’s YouTube profile
How could people have believed that Sam Bacile was ever an Israeli Jew when his profile shows all his activity is from liking and commenting in Arabic? Not to mention that the begining of Innocent of Muslims shows persecution of Christians in Egypt. It is scary what people are willing to believe as long as it gets blamed on Zionists, Jews and Israel.
Grettings! Here I am happy and with a smile again! Today I am reviewing 3 videos:
Morirse Esta En Hebreo (My Mexican Shivah)
A Movie Review In The Works
Now this is what I call and Indie of all Indie films! Because it’s a Mexican movie about Mexican Jews! And they happen to be Ashkenazi (European) Jews…in Mexico, who speak Yiddish, Hebrew and Spanish! And where you can hear a mixture of klezmer with Mexican mariachi! The actors, who are mostly Mexican, also happen to be Jews as well.
Now this movie, I watched before but don’t remember much because it was a long time ago but I look forward to watching it soon and giving a review. The Shivah (funeral) is for Moshe, the head of the household who dies suddenly. Now the entire family must gather for the 7 days of mourning for Moshe. But the problem is that the family is dysfunctional. From Moshe’s lover (a woman who no one likes) to Nicolas who turned Chassidic yet is in trouble with the law and to his own temptations. To an all out physical family fight!! This is what I call a fun movie unfold before your very eyes. Here is the trailer and I am looking forward to watching this ASAP!
Unfortunately the American preview has NO narration and it annoys me but here is the better Spanish one which I am also adding at the end of this post.
Funky funky shtetl!!! Chassidim Go To Hollywood!
This one is called “Changing Hollywood”
Shtetl, by the way is Yddish for a Jewish village so I find the song in the beginning of this video hilarious:
“Talking about the shtetl..the funky, funky shtetl…Life is hard for the chosen ones…the funky funky shtelt”
This short fim/video is about two Chassidic Jews (Shaya and Itche) and their oftentimes clueless journey into Hollywood as they try to pitch a script to Steven “Shpielberg”. And it’s just brilliant- Chassdic Jews trying to make in Hollywood! Shaya the leader and Itche the calm sidekick.
Funny highlights of the video: The store called “Felty hats” The Steven “Shpielberg” instead of Spielberg and of course the spelling of Shaya’s last name (Machanohavich…m-a-CHA!!..) To people confusing their Yiddish for bad words. Obviously the actors behind the characters are comedians and I think they did a fantastic job.
And I love how the video is mixed between modern music which contrasts nicely with Shaya and Itche’s style.
I rate this funny and interesting and I hope Shaya and Itche get a movie soon! There are some times in the video that you kind of have to understand some Jewish/Yiddish terms or culture…which is no problem for me. But even if you don’t understand all the things they say, it’s a great way to learn about another culture so don’t be shy, give it a try!
And finally a video of my new spiritual leader: The Hollywooder Rebbe
Ok, so he’s not real! But still I wish I had him as a Rebbe, he seems hilarious.
My review of the video: I LOVE Yankel! The Rebbe and Yankel are actual Hollywood professionals who are taking a hilarious take of the Hollywood industry. I love listening to the Rebbe talk about the industry through his shailos! Well done, Rebbe! I hope to hear from you again soon! (Note: some may not understand all terms…but once you do you see the hilariousness of the video)
Better and complete Spanish trailer for My Mexican Shivah