Chanukah 5771 has brought a bumper crop of music videos destined to become holiday classics. These viral videos became breakout hits by using comedy and quirkiness combined with genuine talent to communicate universal messages. Here is a roundup of 5771 hits along with JInsider’s “Chanukah Classic of All Time.” (All videos can be viewed at www.jinsider.com)
“Candlelight” by Maccabeats
Premise: A hip-hop twist on the Chanukah story and traditions.
With Chanukah and holiday season weekends coming up, it is extended family time again. To help promote shalom bayit (“peaceful home”), JInsider offers our Jewish Third Rail Strategy for avoiding treacherous conversation topics during these intergenerational and interdenominational family get-togethers.
W hen you think unusual and extravagant holiday gifts, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue automatically comes to mind. In conjunction with the publication of the retailer’s commemorative book, “Over the Top: Fifty Years of Fantasy Gifts from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book,” JInsider asked comedian Marvin Silbermintz to compile a list of essential fantasy gifts for Chanukah.
Why is it so difficult for our male leaders to just admit to their mistakes and publicly apologize? The news media reminds of this character flaw on a 24/7 basis. On his book tour, George Bush refuses to acknowledge his grave error about Iraq’s not having WMDs; Barack Obama can’t bring himself to admit that he has failed to live up to commitments to voters; Keith Obermann, in trouble for conflict-of-interest political contributions, can’t simply say “I’m sorry. I screwed up.”
A hot Wall Street concept and media buzzword these days is the “Black Swan Theory” developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. According to Taleb, almost all major scientific discoveries, artistic accomplishments and historically significant events are “black swans” — undirected and unpredicted. The Internet, the personal computer, World War I and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are examples he gives of Black Swan events.
Last week was a big week for Jon Stewart: He held a mock rally on the Washington Mall and interviewed President Barack Obama. Stewart could be one of the most influential — and at times one of the most controversial — Jewish personalities in the media. He is an “equal opportunity” satirist whose popular fake news show and best-selling books use humor in a thoughtful and provocative manner. “Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race” (Grand Central Publications), Stewart’s newest book, is no exception.