Some Yiddish comedy (& Yo, Yo, Yo Bro… Gangsta Chanukah)

December 01, 2015

The French way of saying life goes on… Blue, white and red brassieres hang from a balcony in Marseille on Friday as France marked a day of commemoration two weeks after the Paris terror attacks.



[Note by Tom Gross]

Because these dispatches are often so serious and frequently depressing, I thought you might enjoy this innovative new Yiddish-language humor, from Canada.

Jewish comedians used to be so worried that they couldn’t succeed because of anti-Semitism that many felt the need to change their names (Woody Allen, Jon Stewart and the like). The same was true in Hollywood where many budding Jewish actors changed their names to less Jewish-sounding ones: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Edward G. Robinson, Winona Ryder, Lauren Bacall -- who is Shimon Peres’s first cousin -- and so on. And various pop stars did so too: Bob Dylan, for example,.

Now some Jews feel confident enough in their Jewishness actually to produce comedy in Yiddish, which in many ways has until recently been a dying language:

Below is the recent “Jewish New Year episode” of the Montreal-produced comedy YidLife Crisis.

Warning: this episode contains some “adult situations and coarse language” (in Yiddish). It may not to be everyone’s taste. (It lasts 16 minutes.)



Separately, also not to everyone’s taste, here is a song for Chanukah, which starts later this week:


Among previous dispatches concerning Yiddish:

* A quarter of students studying Yiddish at Israeli university are Arabs (& First Israeli Arab woman to command IDF combat unit).

* These dispatches are translated by others into many languages, including Arabic and Persian. But at least one was translated, with permission, into Yiddish.



Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Supporting Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (Not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “The amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see this week (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare BBC recording from 1945: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were part of a “global conspiracy” behind the Arab Spring (& other videos)

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict (with Tom Gross)

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

* Video dispatch 30: How to play chess when you’re an ISIS prisoner (& Escape from Boko Haram)

* Video dispatch 31: Incitement to kill

* Video Dispatch 32: Bibi to BBC: “Are we living on the same planet?” (& other videos)

* Video Dispatch 33: Rally today at western government-funded university in support of Islamic terrorism

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