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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
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
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
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 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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