Posted by Uri Fintzy
“Ask and ye shall receive!” (John 16:24)
Yesterday, we wondered about the extent of Israel’s informality with social media. Today, the Internet gods have answered.
Not to be outdone by a sexy Israelilawmaker, or pictures of half-naked soldiers, a group of female IDF soldiers stripping on video has surfaced, complete with an M-16 rifle standing in for a stripper pole.
One soldier offers her booty-shaking comrades this piece of advice: “Dance like a prostitute on that rifle!”
Later she warns, “I am posting this to Facebook and tagging you!”
According to Israeli website Mako, these cases are being treated privately by the girls’ commanders.
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June 10, 2013 | 11:55 am
Posted by Jana Banin, JTA
Usually when you think of keeping the Yiddish language alive you think theater and literature — not freestyle rap. Especially not freestyle rap performed by a legendary comic like Jerry Lewis.
Yet thanks to TMZ, the world now has grainy smartphone footage footage of the 87-year-old on the set of his new movie “Max Rose,” engaging in a rap battle with Chris La Vrar, of “America’s Got Talent” fame.
It’s unclear what La Vrar was doing there or how the rhyming got started — or if Lewis’ rhymes are in fact actually Yiddish. Either way, it’s pretty endearing when, after getting rapped at by La Vrar, Lewis shoots back with, “Very good. Very, VERY good … I want to do one now in Jewish.”
June 10, 2013 | 11:51 am
Posted by Adam Soclof, JTA
Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa has taken his act to Israel… again.
Two months after sporting a suit and tie for a Maccabee beer ad, the actor has gone shirtless again for Old Spice with an ad called “Israeli men.”
The minimalist ad sports Mustafa posing in front of a shower donning a towel around the waist, peppering his homage to the Israeli manly-man, or “gever gever,” with Hebrew slang.
“They eat manly food like shawarma, matbucha and gefilte fish,” he deadpans to the camera.
The ad borrows the look of Old Spice’s award-winning social media campaign from 2010, though without the campaign’s quintessential real-time element.
Still, the low tech version of the famous “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign is a safe play for Old Spice, adapting a fan favorite to the Israeli market.
Think Old Spice will teach Terry Crews how to say “odor blocker” in Hebrew?
June 5, 2013 | 10:18 am
Posted by Jana Banin, JTA
Reality star Kim Kardashian has done her part for a kibbutz in Israel. Take a deep breath–she has not actually performed any manual labor, or even visited the place (do they make high heel Naots?). Her contribution is of the wallet-opening kind.
Kardashian settled on Ceasarstone brand quartz countertops, made in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, for the renovation of her Beverly Hills mansion, Tablet reports. Trend-setter that she is, it wasn’t long before her neighbors were using it too. Not exactly a bad thing for an already growing company. Ceasarstone Sdot Yam Ltd. is now worth a billion dollars.
The booming business has just opened a New York factory, where they will produce inventory for another place Kanye West’s wife-to-be will probably never visit: IKEA.
June 4, 2013 | 9:32 am
Posted by Uri Fintzy, JTA
Meet Wendy, Winnie and Willie.
Done awwing? good.
These three sweet puppies were found deserted near the Israeli town of Netivot in the Negev Desert. The person who found them called Jay and his fiance Roni, a couple who volunteer for animal welfare and occasionally take care of abandoned dogs.
According to Jay’s Reddit post (username jayeugene), the three were “malnourished and dehydrated,” and were found in a box of rotten tomatoes. They were brought to Jay’s home in Beersheva, and they were covered in fleas and ticks.
Caution: kinda gross.
But after a little bath time and removal of almost 300 ticks and fleas…
Wendy, Winnie and Willie. Imgur
The three puppies became viral star after the story floated on Reddit and Buzzfeed.
According to Jay, Wendy was already adopted by SOS Herzliya\a, while Winnie and Willie are still waiting to find a home. More info about adopting them can be found here.
More photos here!
May 28, 2013 | 10:28 am
Posted by Ben Harris, JTA
"Hitler" tea kettle
May 14, 2013 | 9:59 am
Posted by Jana Banin, JTA
This week on his podcast, Jewish comedian Marc Maron chats with Alison Brie, who opens up about lots of stuff, including what it was like splitting her time between her divorced interfaith parents as a kid.
On weekends with her dad she’d go to Sunday school at his Christian-Hindu hybrid church, where the future “Mad Men” and “Community” actress did a lot of meditating and chanting about a “cloud-colored Christ.” (Her reenactment is worth the download).
Then she’d go back to her mom who, while completely secular, has a strong Jewish identity.
“My mother, God love her, is a very proud Jew and would always make sure we knew we were Jewish. I remember being 6 years old and her saying, you know you guys are Jewish. If Hitler came today he would take you,” she said in a way that sounded funny and not at all terrifying.
These days Brie and her sister, no longer up for double visits, make their parents come to one of their places for the holidays, where the girls eliminate tension by serving alcohol and pot brownies. Which, when you think about it, is a pretty amazing idea for any kind of Jewish family gathering.
April 30, 2013 | 10:58 am
Posted JTA Staff
Michael Diamond (Mike D.) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the two surviving Beastie Boys, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, to write a book about their careers.
According to The New York Times, the Jewish rappers plan on being as out of the box in their writing as they were with their music.
“The first words out of Mike’s mouth were, ‘I don’t want to do a straight memoir,’ ” said Luke Janklow, the group’s agent.
Instead the book will be “a multidimensional experience,” said Julie Grau of Spiegel & Grau. ”There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”
The book, which will be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins and is slated for the fall of 2015, will include images as well as passages by other writers. Per Grau and Janklow, fans can expect something similar in style to Grand Royal, the irreverent magazine put out by the Beasties in the '90s.
Adam Yauch (MCA), the third member of the group, died last year at age 47 of cancer of the salivary gland.