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What was the most Jewish movie of the year? That depends on how you define "Jewish movie," but the recently-released film Black Swan, which is garnering major Oscar buzz, certainly has Yid cred. Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller, which tells the story of two ballerinas vying for the lead role in "Swan Lake," features three Jewish actresses as star dancers in the New York City Ballet. Natalie Portman, who plays the role of Nina, was born in Jerusalem and briefly returned to study in the Hebrew University. Nina's rival, Lily, is played by Mila Kunis, whose family left the Ukraine for the US after the fall of the Soviet Union. Winona Ryder, born Winona Horowitz, plays an older ballerina, who is no longer considered for leading roles at the NYCB.
If anyone questions the accuracy of Jewish ballerinas, they should read about Dame Alicia Markova
, the founding prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet in London and the American Ballet Theater. Markova and Maya Plisetskaya
of the Bolshoi Ballet – both Jewish – are amongst the greatest prima ballerinas of the 20th century.
Ch-check this out: Adam "MCA" Yauch
of the Beastie Boys is writing and directing a short film
about the making of the Jewish hip hop trio's 1987 hit "Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" Fight for Your Right Revisited will star Elijah Wood
, Danny McBride
and Seth Rogen
as the innovative rappers, and John C. Reilly
and Jack Black
will also play parts. The film is slated to premiere at Sundance's Short Film Festival in January 2011.
Just for fun, we have the "Fight For Your Right" music video:
Last week, we had Washington D.C. and New York competing for the world's biggest menorah. Hanukka may be a week behind us, but we have a new contender, this time for highest menorah. Rabbi Avraham Chazanow
, a Chabad emissary in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, brought tiki torches to the top of the dormant volcano Mauna Kea, the highest point in the state. When the tiki torches were lined up, they formed a menorah at 4,205 meters above sea
Earlier this month, Mendi and Heidi
, a haredi couple, appeared on US reality TV show "People's Court." The two sued a dry cleaner for allegedly washing a ruining a $3,000 human-hair wig. They lost their case, as the Judge Marilyn Milian
said they were trying to pass off the receipt for Heidi's replacement wig as the receipt for the original wig.
The video has been making waves in the Orthodox blogosphere, with one Orthodox blog
calling it a hilul hashem (desecration of God's name) and American haredi blog "Vos Iz Neias" providing a blow-by-blow analysis
and defense of the couple.
Watch the episode and decide for yourself whether Mendi and Heidi were bluffing or not:
Last but not least, we have a clip from "The Colbert Report." After a
series of shark attacks in Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh
, host Stephen
jokes: "Before you accuse the sharks in this series of attacks,
I think it's only fair to ask: Could it be the Jews?" He added that he
tries "not to spread international conspiracy theories, but Israel
working with sharks? It just makes too much sense!" His proof: Steven
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