The Weekly Schmooze: Sing out, Streisand!

A 'Jpost' column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Shabbat in Liverpool with a Miami Dolphins running back.

January 13, 2011 14:51
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Some people pray "nusach Ashkenaz," some pray "nusach Sephard," and others pray..."nusach Liverpool"? Shlock Rock, Judaism's answer to Weird Al, released an album called "Shabbat in Liverpool," adapting Shabbat services to the tunes of Lennon and McCartney. The band, whose albums consist mostly of Jewish-themed parodies of current pop songs, set classic Friday night and Saturday prayers like "Shalom Aleichem" and "Ein Keloheinu" to the tune of Beatles songs like "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Let it Be." Here's a sample:

more. The trendy American chain, called "Urban" by its fans, In sports news, Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams may want to join the tribe. According to The Palm Beach Post: "Lately he has been studying Hebrew and observing the Jewish Sabbath. He spends the 24 hours from Friday night to Saturday night relaxing at home and reading books." In a recent radio interview, Williams said he observes the Sabbath "to a certain extent."
"I had to go to the hotel on Saturday, but I didn't watch television. I opened the bible and I read," he said, adding that he used his hot tub as a mikvah before Shabbat began. "I read that [the Sabbath] starts at sundown on Friday, and that right before sundown, [a Jew] traditionally takes a bath…I jumped in the hot tub and dipped three times." Williams explained that there is "something very pure" about Shabbat. "Even my thoughts shifted," on Shabbat, he said.

Last but not least, we have paparazzi-magnet Lindsay Lohan. No, she's not Jewish, even though she
had an Israeli girlfriend for a while. A TMZ photographer, in an attempt at a joke about the actress and leggings designer's many stints in rehab, asked Lohan "Mah Nishtana HaLayla HaZeh MiKol HaLeilot," or "Why is this night different than any other night?" The paparazzo fumbled the words, and the Mean Girls star had no idea what he was talking about:

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