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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-01-29

Kung Fu Jew

Kung Fu Jew

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: Jewish rap star Remedy Ross tackles social issues, Kung-Fu Jews spring into action, and is Barbra Streisand coming out of retirement?


1 Perfect Remedy: Rapper Remedy Ross has proven you can be Jewish and rap about social issues without resorting to cheap gimmicks. His latest album Code Red is the perfect blend of pro-Jewish themes along with social collective thoughts. And his involvement with rap act Wu-Tang Clan only adds to his credibility.


2. Chasidic high-kickers: SJ caught a glimpse this week of the short film Kung Fu Jew, a low-budget spoof which follows a Jewish martial arts legacy from the twelve tribes of Israel through to modern day Brooklyn – with lots of ultra-Orthodox characters showing off some impressive kung-fu moves along the way. From its bizarre characters (check out black revolutionary Shazzam Shabazz Shabbat Shalom) and even sillier dialogue (half in Hebrew, half in English), to a filming style that actually makes it look like a low-budget 1970s martial arts movie, this has cult status written all over it. Find out more at:


3. Safe surfing: Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Eliyahu has come to the rescue of those surfers who might accidentally stumble across a pornographic website, by composing a prayer to be recited before logging on. “Please, God, help me to cleanse my computer of all sorts of viruses and evil images that spoil and interfere with my lawful work,” the prayer asks, “and allow me to cleanse myself so that I may be pure of mind and pray with a perfect heart.”


4. Hoffman vs.Streisand: Hot on the heels of the news that Dustin Hoffman would star as Ben Stiller’s dad in the Meet The Parents sequel Meet The Fockers, Barbra Streisand is now tipped to star as Stiller’s mother. If she takes on the role it’ll be the first time she’s been seen on screen since The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996.


5. Rebbe’s Gonna Help You Out: Website Totally Jewish has signed a deal with the Zvhil-Mezbuz Rebbe, Grand Rabbi YA Korff to acquire US newspaper The Jewish Advocate. The paper, which has been around for 100 years, serves the Jewish community of New England.


6. The Great Debater: 23-year-old Jeremy Brier has won the 2004 World Debating Championships in Singapore, becoming the first Jewish person in over a decade to take the prize. Brier, who lives in Pinner, is a former president of the Cambridge Union and was school captain at Haberdasher’s Aske’s Boys School.


7. Jews go for gold: actress Sarah Jessica Parker has nabbed this year’s Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a TV comedy, for her role as Sex And The City’s sassy columnist Carrie Bradshaw. Not bad going considering the competition – which included fellow Jews Debra Messing for Will and Grace and Alicia Silverstone for her new series Miss Match – although clearly Miss Match was no match for Miss Parker.