The Weekly Schmooze: Roasting James Franco

Jewish culture news worldwide: Ranking the hottest Jewish men in Hollywood; muggles cooking magic food; "Angry Jew" video game.

July 11, 2013 13:16
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In honor of the nine days before Tisha B'Av, The Schmooze will not be featuring any music this week.

There's a lot to be said about author\actor\director\lecturer\artist\G-d knows what else James Franco, and soon it'll all be out on the table in a Comedy Central Roast. Franco announced the roast in a mumbly instagram video (of course), and Comedy Central

If you ever read Harry Potter and thought "wow, I'd really like to taste some butterbeer or treacle tart," then look no further than Dina Bucholz's Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. Bucholz is an Orthodox Jew who wrote most of the recipes herself – but she outsourced all of the non-kosher stuff to a local cook.

For years, an urban legend spread among Anglo-Israelis about the Berkowitz family of Gush Etzion, whose patriarch gave all his children silly English names – like "Just Berkowitz" and "Charles Danger Berkowitz," so he can say danger is his middle name - to ensure they would remain in Israel and use their Hebrew names. Tablet's Michael Orbach got on the case, and found out that the family is real! For all of the funny names and the story behind him, click here.

Video game fans, check out the latest trailer for "Angry Jews." Ok, fine, this probably isn't a real, but Gil Elnekave of the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan created this funny video of a Super Mario-esque game starring a man in a streimel and payot beating the kossacks.

When he dies at the end of the game, "z"l" (of blessed memory) appears on the screen.

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