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Have you played the Bibi drinking game? Take a shot every time Congress gives Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a standing ovation during his address this week; you'll be wasted by the end. The faint of heart can watch "Bibi Pro Americano," a mashup of the speech with the song "We No Speak Americano" mixed by Noy Alooshe, the man who brought us the Gaddafi remix "Zenga Zenga."
It's a known fact that the best bagels in the world come from New York. Something in the water gives them that great bagel taste, that can't be found anywhere else. After his retirement from television, Larry King
decided to bring good bagels to Los Angeles. King opened The Original Brooklyn Bagel Bakery, where a filtering system "Brooklynizes" the LA water. Now, if only someone could Brooklynize the water in Israeli bagels, too.
How do you say, "Thank you for being a friend" in Hebrew? Channel 10 has produced an Israeli version of "The Golden Girls," the 1980s sitcom about four older women living together in Miami. Reruns of the show and one of its stars, Betty White
, regained popularity in the last few years. Actresses Tiki Dayan
, Miki Kam
, Rivka Michaeli
and Chana Laslo
star in the Israeli version, which is premiering almost 20 years after the original was canceled, and the Ministry for Senior Citizen Affairs is sponsoring the show.
Israel may be importing a sitcom, but we seem to export models-slash-action-stars at an impressive pace. After Gal Gadot
's role in Fast Five
and Mali Levi
's casting in World War X
, Esti Ginzburg
is the next model to trying to make it big in Hollywood – this time as a Bond girl. Ginzburg was invited for the first stage of auditions for the next Bond film, following in the footsteps of Moran Atias
, who made it to the final stages of tryouts for Quantum of Solace
Another Israeli export: New film Footnote
, directed by Joseph Cedar and starring Lior Ashkenazi
and Shlomo Bar Aba
, which won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival
. The film deals with a rivalry between father and son, both Talmudic Scholars.
Tattoos in Hebrew seem to be big celebrity trend: Victoria and David Beckham
have matching quotes from Song of Songs emblazoned on their bodies and Madonna
has references to Kabbala. The latest celeb to get inked in ivrit? None other than Justin Bieber
. Bieber was spotted on the beach in Hawaii with girlfriend Selena Gomez
with "Yeshua," Jesus' name in Hebrew, inked on his side.
Last Saturday, the world was supposed to end. At least that's what some
Christians said, predicting the Rapture for May 21, 2011. Cartoonist Ty Templeton
had an interesting prediction for Rapture day: All the world's
superheroes would remain on Earth, because they're all secretly Jewish! Click here
to see his Rapture cartoon.The Weekly Schmooze
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