TanakhCast #123: The Legendary Paragons Edition

In this week’s episode: Ezekiel 12-15.  We continue in the book of Ezekiel with some thoughts about virtue, role models and the inevitable disappointment.

And ICYMI, you can find the fine work of 929 here and the clip of the German dude NOT breaking through the ice here.






TanakhCast: The Shocking and Disgusting Content Edition!

High_Priest_Offering_Sacrifice_of_a_GoatIn this week’s episode: Leviticus 1-3.  We explore a list of shockingly and disgustingly explicit instructions relating to the offering of near-offerings, and how many kohens and Levites there might be who would find these instructions useful.  We also consider what Nobel prize winning author Shai Agnon would have said about Third Temple enthusiasts offering the Paschal Lamb today.

ICYMI, here, here and here are some studies about “Y-Chromosomal Aaron”.

And the crowd-obscured YouTube video of the paschal lamb offering can be found here … get it while it’s hot!

Giving credit where credit is due … again.

creditsIt is very important to acknowledge the hard work and creativity of others, especially all those folks who upload everything to Youtube.

So I am, once again, sourcing all the NEW little clips and snippets from the wonderful world of the Interwebs from Episodes 8-15.


Episode 8:

Dr. Rumack tells Striker not to call him Shirley here.

Don Corleone wants you to be his friend here.


Episode 9:

Check out the Beastie Boys discography here.


Episode 10:

Coach Dugan castigates Evelyn Gardner about crying in baseball here.

The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men” can be bought at iTunes here.

Borat says “NICE!” here.

Todd Akin says some dumb things about rape here.

Robby the Robot is having a sad about computing here.


Episode 11:

Jewish Moms say sh*t here.

Mordechai Ben David sings “Mashiach Mashiach Mashiach” here.

Brian’s mother comments on Brian’s dirty mind here.

The “Seinfeld” theme song came from here.

The “Star Wars” theme song came from here.

Otto curses out Archie Leach here.

George Costanza explains then yadda yadda yadda here.


Episode 12:

The “Game of Thrones” theme can be found here.

Captain Picard tells Riker “Make It So” here.

Joe Biden calls out Paul Ryan here.

The “Game of Thrones” adolescent consultant explains his role here.


Episode 13:

Kirk lashes out at Khan Noonien Singh here.

Mr. Lebowski bums out the Dude here.

Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint fools Officer Kujan here.


Episode 14:

Otto compels Archie Leach to apologize here.

The “apology supercut” came from here.

The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme came from here.


Giving credit where credit is due…

Loyal TanakhCast listeners have asked: “Say, hey where did you get that clip of William Shatner…”

Or: “Say, hey, what’s that song that marks the transition between the recap bit and the chatty bit?”

Thus, I have decided to provide a list of “credits” and source all the little clips and snippets from the wonderful world of the Interwebs.

The list begins with the song that marks the transition between the recap bit and the chatty bit or the transition between the chatty bit and the closing bit:

“Alfie” by Lili Allen from her debut studio album, Alright, Still.  It can be purchased from iTunes here..

The “Y’all come back now, ya hear” at the end of each broadcast comes from the closing credits of “The Beverley Hillbillies” which can be heard at the end of the episode here.

Episode 1 did not have any samples.

Episode 2:

“Twinkle Twinkle” on the xylophone came from here.

Chekov says “This is Vodka” here.

Luis Esquivel’s “Mucha Muchacha” from the album Cabaret Manana can be purchased from iTunes here.

“Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids” came from a collection of Trix commercials here.

Episode 3:

“Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” by Craziewhite Peckawoods can be purchased from iTunes here.

Mitt Romney says “Corporations are people my friend” here.

Dana Carvey as “Saturday Night Live”‘s Church Lady says “Isn’t that special?” here.

“I Believe” sung by Andrew Rannells from the Book of Mormon soundtrack can be purchased from iTunes here.

William Shatner saying “Spock, are you out of your mind?” was here, but has since been taken down by CBS.  🙁

The “Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?” compilation from “Diff’rent Strokes” came from here.

The “Gilligan’s Island” theme came from here.

Bart Simpson says “Noah, save us!  …NO!!” in Season 3 Episode 6  entitled “Like Father, Like Clown” here.

Episode 4:

The French taunting comes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail here.

Peabody and Sherman head back into “Peabody’s Improbable History” here.

Nigel wonders “What’s wrong with being sexy?” from This is Spinal Tap here.

The London Fanfare Trumpets play their flourish here.

Jeff Spicoli says “You Dick!” to Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High here.

W.C. Fields observes “What a catastrophe!” in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break here.

Episode 5:

Biff says “Why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here” to McFly in Back to the Future here.

The theme song from “The Jetsons” came from here.

The “All Time Best Heroic Song” came from here.

Ali G says “Booyakasha!” here.

“Nudge Nudge” from the third Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode “How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away” came from here.

Heather Locklear says “And so on and so on and so on” in the Faberge Organics Shampoo commercial here.

Charlton Heston says “The Lord of Hosts will do battle for us!  Behold his mighty hand!” in a clip from Cecille B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments here.

Episode 6:

“The Haggle” comes from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian here.

Arnold Schwarzenegger needs clothes and offers assistance in clips from Terminator 2: Judgment Day here.

The medical disclaimer from a 2012 Cialis commercial can be heeded here.

“You Bastard!” as exclaimed by John Cleese in “The Restaurant Sketch” from the third Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode, “How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away” can be enjoyed here.

Mitt Romney reasserts that “Corporations are people my friend” here.

Butters sings “What What in the Butt” in Season 12, Episode 4 of South Park entitled ‘Canada on Strike’ here.

Episode 7: (…which will be go live tomorrow! Spoilers!!)

The rebooted McCoy says “Spock, are you out of your vulcan mind?” here.

Charlton Heston declares his legendary line from Planet of the Apes here.

Jeff Spicoli says “You Dick!” to Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High again here.

Law and Order’s “dun dun” came from here.

Jabba the Hut’s laugh from Return of the Jedi came from here.

Leonard Nimoy sings “The Legend of Bilbo Baggins” here.

the purim-emes

Now that the hamatanshen crumbs have settled (and are soon to be vacuumed up in preparation for Pessach), a little reflection on what Jessica Williams at the Daily Show touted as “the tenth most important Jewish holiday”.

So synagogue brotherhoods and sisterhoods and Jewish flagship organizations all across North America, trying to galvanize the laity through harnessing the excitement and energy of the interwebs (and, hopefully, some engagement from the kids in the process), produced festive parody clips in advance of Purim.

Those wacky kids at Ein Prat Institute were also at it again – or was the clip from 2011?  (Which prompted me to wonder anew: Do these folks ever go to class?  Or are all their lectures delivered in the desert while they wear a wide range of costumes?   This Academy for Leadership seems to be incubating a curious cohort of future Jewish leaders… perhaps I might get some clarification on this from their advisors Mr. Shorofsky and Ms. Sherwood.)

Some of the clips were slickly produced, many less so.   Many even less so than that.  Ick.



But what was most intriguing about this experience was not the lameness of many of the clips (and many were really lame, did I mention that?), but how quickly memes flare up and burn out.  (Not really a new idea, y’all, but particularly poignant in this context…)

While the various brotherhoods and sisterhoods met to plan out the video, thinking themselves hip for appropriating various internet memes, they failed to understand that by the time they uploaded the finished product, the referrents upon which they built their clips would already be stale and passe.

As part of the Purim festivities where I teach, we screened some examples for the kids.  When the overfamiliar chords of “Gangnam Style” kicked in in the middle of a clip parodying Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”, children between the ages of 9 to 12 groaned with world-weariness.  Really?  This?  Again?  Have we not seen this before and better almost a billion times?

(…Which is why, BTW, I have not even considered the possibility of writing a second book.  By the time any of the ideas put to paper would make it to the hands of readers, it would be on the verge of staleness, if not already crusted over.)

The ubiquity of memes breeds contempt – and it breeds it quick.

The internet is all about speed.  Jewish institutions (like synagogues, Federations, etc.) are all about not-speed.

Hence, these two entities, by their very natures, do not play well together.

Sigh.  On to the next one.