Weekly Schmooze: Oy! To the World

Jewish culture news worldwide: "Jewish Christmas" goes viral; New "Girls" trailer.

December 26, 2013 13:03
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"Jewish Christmas" seems to have taken over the Internet this year. What is "Jewish Christmas," you ask? Well, it's that day of the year that Jews outside of Israel don't have to work and spend their time watching movies and eating Chinese (or any other ethnicity that doesn't close restaurants on December 25) food. The New Republic's Marc Tracy penned a lovely essay on his love of Christmas as a Jew. Buzzfeed listed 30 Jewish movies to watch on Christmas and things Jews are sick of being asked about Christmas, with great gifs of Jewish actors. This South Park classic is looking pretty irrelevant (but still funny) this year:

The Sundance Channel held a Mel Brooks movie marathon called "Oy! To the World" this week, and in honor of the event, Buzzfeed interviewed Brooks. The legendary Jewish comedian and filmmaker said he thinks humor "is all the same now" and that there's no uniquely Jewish humor anymore.

The new (non-Jewish) year is around the corner, which means a new season of HBO's "Girls" is on the way. Lena Dunham's Hanna Horvath and her friends are back with new adventures in Brooklyn, and, as always, Zosia Mamet's Shoshanna has the best one-liners.

Mamet's dad, acclaimed playwright David Mamet is developing a miniseries about the seven deadly sins, Variety reports. Though Mamet is Jewish, he will focus on Christianity's seven biggest no-nos. "The themes invoked by the seven deadly sins will serve as a backdrop of a series of interconnected stories that reflect on the human condition through Mamet's distinctive lens," the entertainment magazine explains.
The Maccabeats visited Katie Couric this week and performed their a capella version of Matisyahu's "One Day."

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If you haven't been following the Schmooze closely all year, the National Jewish Outreach Program has the top Jewish viral stories of the last year, from Jewish sisters HAIM's rise to fame to Thanksgivikkuh to Jennifer's Bat Mitzva shirt.

Make sure to check out this article about Ben Stiller's trip to Israel as a teen and how he managed to squeeze in some inappropriate behavior by the Western Wall.

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