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Rotten Melon?

Mel Gibson, who told a police officer once when he was drunk and Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon had the front page of every media outlet: “Fucking Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world…” is set to direct a new film!

The Los Angeles Times reported:

“Mel Gibson, the Oscar winner who has defended himself against accusations of anti-Semitism, is developing a film for Warner Bros. about the life of Judah Maccabee, the warrior whose ancient victory is celebrated by Hanukkah…
…Gibson’s Icon Productions has closed the producing deal with Warner Bros., and Joe Eszterhas will write the screenplay. Gibson’s camp said the filmmaker will decide if he’s directing after the script is done and that he has not ruled out the possibility that he could act in the film…”

It is a good idea if you think about it.

A big budget motion picture based on Judah Maccabee. Often I’ve pondered doing a Masada remake, or better, Bar Kokhva the film, with Antonio Benderas as the megalomaniacal Shimon bar Kokhva, Kevin Spacey as the Roman emperor Hadrian and James Earl Jones as Rabbi Akiva.

So despite the fact that the guy’s an Anti-Semite, I’d pay to see the film. However, various Jewish groups are up in arms about it.
Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League national director:

“Judah Maccabee is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, he deserves better. It’s facetious that his story is told by a person who has no respect for other people’s religious viewpoints…”

Rabbi Marvin Hier from Los Angeles’ Simon Wiesenthal Center:

“Gibson’s plan is simply an insult to Jewish people…He has antagonistic viewpoint towards Jews. Casting him as a director or perhaps as the star of Judah Maccabee is like casting (Bernie) Madoff to be the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, or a white supremacist as trying to portray Martin Luther King Jr. It’s simply an insult to Jews…”

In a recent interview in GQ, Wynona Ryder told Alex Pappademas:

“I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”

So he can’t deny his anti-Semitism.

Nevertheless, the church has often been interested in the various texts of the Aprocrypha, a collection of texts from Ancient Judea, largely written in Greek, which were not canonized, and in which the story is included.

Check out Jeffrey Goldberg chin-wagging Gibson over at the Atlantic.

Hanukkah is the kids’ holiday

Ahh, it’s so much fun to be a kid in Hanukkah. You get a lengthy vacation from school. Your parents actually encourage you to eat doughnuts and chocolate coins. And there’s plenty of shows to drag mommy and daddy to.

This year 3 different “singing competitions” compete for the kids’ attention. The traditional “Festigal”, a newer “Festival” that aims to restore past glory, and another show by the cables’ “Hop” channel.

Here’s a teaser for the Festival:

Yiddish Techniques

How to Play The Dreidel Game — powered by

Acco Festival Returns in Hanukkah

After being canceled earlier this year, the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre is back in business. Originally meant to run during Succot, it is now scheduled for Hanukkah, during December 22 – 25.

Hanukkah is just around the corner

Winter is finally here in Israel. It arrived a few weeks back, and now it’s making another comeback.

I’m going out camping this weekend and I hope the weather will play nice.

Nevertheless, I’m excited that the cold season is upon us, since we don’t get much of it here in Israel.

In addition, Hanukkah is just 5 weeks away, and that’s always a good thing. Hanukkah is the perfect excuse to eat lots and lots of oil without feeling guilt, and decorating the home with colorful lights. Needless to say, Hanukkah gifts are always the best of the holiday gifts in the Jewish calendar. Perhaps we’re influenced by the tradition of Christmas gifts, which happens in December as well, but it doesn’t bother me too much. As long as the kids are having fun, and experiencing the Hanukkah tradition, there’s nothing wrong with spoiling them a bit with a Jewish gift.

I found yesterday that the supermarket downstairs is already selling strawberry-jam doughnuts, and I wonder if it’s a good idea to eat them by the campfire this weekend. (I’m joking of course)

Happy Hanukkah with Singing Menorah!

It’s cold and rainy today and it feels great. Finally we can feel what Winter should be like. An ideal time for a singing Menorah!

Just click the candles and make them sing. Click the Shamash (Red center candle) and he will turn them all on or off.
Have a warm weekend !

Happy Hanukkah

My Menorah

Ma Ma Ma MY MENORAH – Blast it !

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