Posts Tagged ‘maccabeats’

This put a smile on my face the whole day 🙂 The new Maccabeats Hanukkah song is based on “All about that bass”, and is hilarious! This year Maccabeats teamed up with Mayim Bialik to raise $10,000 for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Kol Hakavod and good luck! I added also my other favorite Maccabeats Hanukkah songs, and One Day too because it’s just awesome. And yes, all a capella, even the beatbox “drums”. Enjoy!


“All About that Neis” – for the smile

“Burn” – for the hope

Candlelight (their first viral song) – for the nostalgia

And One Day, because it’s so true, and gives me hope even when I’m down.



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On Rosh Hashana Eve, I wish you and your family a year of sweetness, laughter, joy, fullfilment, personal growth, nachas, and good tidings.

And to help you on your way, here are some videos:

The Maccabeats, excellent as usual, with tradition and laughter:

Sia, for those moments when you need a helping hand. We all have them sometimes.

And Shimon Peres knows how to laugh – and to get the message across. May his vision come true and we will know true long lasting peace, Amen.

Shana Tova Umetuka!

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My eldest came some time ago from his kindergarten singing a song that went like this:

“Melissa, Melissa, <unidentified jumble> Ai choo choo pego ai, Ai choo choo pego!”

I thought it was one of those meaningless songs that children come up with. When I was a kid, it was “Ai kaZuma”. Same old, you know? However, we were in the street and heard a faraway radio. And my husband suddenly says, “That’s our kid’s song! The choo choo one!”  So I used the absolute wonder of Google, and discovered that the song is a real song, in Portugese, called “Ai Se Eu Te Pego”, by Michel Telo. And it was famous about a year ago, including in Israel, where it conquered the top 20 charts.

That I could still ignore. But I was reading a Cracked article about famous musician’s previous careers, and I stumbled onto Chop Suey, of System of a Down. Never heard of it. After looking it up, I remembered vaguely a horrifically annoying song called “Lonely day” (the most loneliest day of my life, such a lonely day, lonely day, etc.). However, apparently their other songs are excellent. And they became famous in 2001.

Once I could have sang to you every new popular song, down to knowing the lyrics by heart. Everything that came out, I knew about and had an opinion on. And I kept avid track of my favorite artists, learning their new albums by heart.

And now? The last Metallica album I learned by heart was The Black Album, released in – gulp! – 1991 (Though I had a brief fling with their S&M album). PJ Harvey? I quit at Is This Desire?, released in 1998. Pearl Jam? I stopped following them after Vitalogy (1994). Norah Jones I “discovered” about a year ago – 10 years after she became famous. Amit Erez I really liked and bought the album… and stopped there. And, of course, I discovered the Maccabeats but that’s hardly difficult – they went viral on YouTube.

I have gotten so old.

So. Adding to the list of new years resolutions: Catch up on my favorite artists. Listen to System of a Down, Muse, and related songs as suggested by YouTube every once in a while. Otherwise I can already hear myself saying “The music of today all sounds the same to me. Oh, for the music of my youth…”

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Shana Tova!

I wish you all a sweet and happy new year. May all your days be filled with happiness and may your loved ones bring you joy.

This past year was very momentous and emotional for me. I finished my PhD Thesis in Applied Physics. I advanced from a student job to a 2/3 job at my workplace, headed the software and some R&D projects that taught me a lot about what I can do. We bought the apartment next door and renovated it.  I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  My eldest started first grade. I have explored my limits in many of these settings and discovered things I didn’t know about myself. This last year has taught me I can be a wife, mother, physicist, software programmer, manager, teacher and most of all –  a better person than ever before.

May your discoveries be as momentous, and may we all continue to evolve, advance, and make the world a better place.

And to lighten the mood a bit, here is the latest from the maccabeats 🙂

Shana Tova!

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I just finished a gorgeous Challa for Rosh Hashana. The Challa is baked around a small cup, and at the dinner table honey is placed in the cup. Isn’t it a brilliant idea? (How did people cook before the Internet?)

The recipe for the challa is:

1 kg bread flour
50 gr yeast (I use Shimrit, used like fresh yeast but no need to proof)
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp salt
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
1.75 cups water (380 ml),  lukewarm
A few cardamom seeds, crushed (I didn’t put this, but it was in the original recipe – maybe I’ll try it sometime)

Knead everything into a dough. Knead 5 minutes more. Let rise until doubled. Divide in half. One half, divide in three parts, and do a braid from them. Wrap around a small glass bowl or cup. The other half, split into two. One quarter split into 10 small buns, the other split into 5 medium ones (so we’ve got one large round challa, 10 buns small buns, 5 medium total). Arrange on a baking platter, cover, and wait until doubled again. Dab with egg. Preheat oven to 200°C. Bake small buns for 10-15 minutes and large challah for 20 minutes, until brown.

This actually resulted in  a bit more than 1600 gr of dough, so for the first time I performed Hafrashat Challa. It was very moving, and I added a special prayer for the little boy of our friends, who is still battling cancer. May he be blessed with good health.

And some nice links to get into the holiday spirit:

The Maccabeats: Book of good life – I just love a cappella, and they do it really great.

The Ein Prat Fountainheads: Dip your apple – just plain fun.

May we all have a happy, healthy, successful and joyful year. Shana Tova Umetuka!



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