My favourite latest from the web: National Jew-Graphic, North Korea, glass gem corn and more

The Amazing Rabbis singing Sound of Silence


wait but why about North Korea

I can only imagine that this website is getting a huge amount of traffic. The writer, Tim Urban, creates highly intelligent and laugh-out-loud funny articles on an array of topics. I read an amazing one by him about why my generation is unhappy (I totally got the story he told) and most recently I read a fascinating inside look at the world’s black hole—North Korea. I highly recommend giving this piece the time it necessitates considering all the photos, videos and links.

Read the piece to learn why this video is unbelievably disturbing.

And while you’re on the site, don’t forget to check out the hysterical About page.

The guy leaving a voice mail message about a car accident

Just press play and weep from laughter.

Random people conducting an orchestra

I must say this video seems to confirm all of our suspicion, that orchestras really do not need a conducter all the time.

Improve Everywhere had a small orchestra sit on a sidewalk in New York city and put up a conductor’s stand that anyone was invited to come up and use. Sweetness ensued.

Glass gem corn

You won’t believe that this is real corn but it is. There are people who are expert glass gem corn growers. It’s breathtaking.

Take a look.

Colour footage from the Jewish quarter in Warsaw 

I’ve come to believe that one of the things that inhibits us from getting the Holocaust, or many other events in history, is the lack of colour in the photos of that time.

Here is a short movie with footage of Jews in Warsaw. It’s lovely and terribly sad all at once.

National Jew-Graphic Original Film

Such a cute video about Israeli religious and secular.

Kids performing a song with cup for percussion

Click to watch it on Facebook. It’s amazing!


Opera in the Park in Tel Aviv!

Last year I went to this. It was Carmen in the park. Although the company was very nice, I found the miles of walking, no normal bathrooms for many, many hours and ladies yelling at the top of their lungs (not to mention, about ridiculous things), not so enjoyable. (The yelling was the actual opera, in case I wasn’t clear.)

Even so, the Tel Aviv annual Opera in the Park is very very popular and you might want to consider doing this, at least as a once in a lifetime experience.

Carmen in the park, Tel Aviv, July 2010 (photo by me)


  1. Bring water.
  2. Bring toilet paper (not that you’ll necessarily find somewhere comfortable to use it).
  3. Plan to spend some money on snacks – it’s the best part of the experience!
  4. Bring earplugs in case you can’t take the opera.
  5. Bring someone to make out with (well, that is what the couple in front of us did).
  6. Don’t read the translation if stupid stories and bad decisions (by the characters) can drive you mad.
  7. Bring a mat/blanket.
  8. Come early-ish.
  9. Don’t sing along with the music.
  10. Guess if I like opera.
And, of course, enjoy!

The bumper sticker song

A famous Israeli writer, David Grossman, wrote a whole song (a rap, actually) based on Israeli bumper stickers. Israel is an intense place and so the politics are intense and yes, even the bumper stickers. The idea of writing a whole song based on bumper stickers… genius, if you ask me.

“I will try to fix you” – by Young@Heart

This video is of the seniors choir Young@Heart singing “I will try to fix you” originally by Coldplay. The man singing is obviously sick (he died soon after) and/but his singing is so touching.

What’s smart? Taking these elderly people and helping them be creative and giving them a place to give.

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