Archive for April, 2011

Putting The Yiddish Pedal To The Metal

April 28, 2011

It’s not news that a secular Yiddish revival has been underway for some time. But considering that when I and my classmates were taught Yiddish at Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto in the 1970’s and 1980’s – and were therefore practically freaks of history, if not nature – it is hard to wrap my head around the Yiddish cultural explosion that I am witnessing today. Post-Holocaust and post-establishment of the State of Israel, what young people (other than us freaks and certain Jews wearing black in places like Meah Shearim and Borough Park) were speaking Yiddish?

Well, now post-Holocaust and post-establishment of the State of Israel – only several decades later – you’ve got bands like Yiddish Princess here in the U.S. And in Israel, you have young artists who appear to be somewhat creepily fetishizing the Yiddish past, and others who are taking Yiddish irony to an extreme. I don’t think there is any higher compliment than this that I could pay the latter, a Yiddish heavy metal band (Gevolt) that growls, screeches and head bangs to a classic ballad called “Sha Shtil” (Be Quiet).

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Welcoming The Passover Newcomer

April 24, 2011

I’m making this song my Passover anthem for this year. If you don’t know why, then I recommend you click here.

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Have A Little Chametz

April 22, 2011

Never mind the Kitniyot Liberation Front, how about something like “Chametz Eaters United?”

Kol Ish’s “Just Had Chametz” video has gone viral, as it seems there are a lot of people enjoying watching a bunch of kippah-wearing bochers poking fun at doing something they would never actually do: breaking Pesach by eating chametz (God forbid!). Everyone can rest assured that all chametz scarfing seen in the video was performed prior to Passover and no halachot were harmed during filming.

Here’s to another five (four if you are reading this in Israel) days of constipation!

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.