The Ultimate Jewish Film Guide

Back in September, I compiled a list here of some of the most iconic Jewish music from across genres and across the decades. Now it’s time to do the same for some of the most noteworthy Jewish films of all time. As with the previous list, the definition of what is a “Jewish” film is contested, but I will attempt to explain and justify all my choices as I go. If you disagree or have any other suggestions, add a comment and let me know! I’ll add a new one every day until New Year’s Eve, so keep checking back, and follow on twitter @WanderJewBlog to see when I’ve updated it.

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ROUND-UP: The Year in Jewish Cinema

I thought I’d dedicate this round-up to some of the big news from the world of the silver screen, where there has been plenty of recent Israeli/Jewish news.
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Jewish New Year Honey Cake Recipe

This is something I haven’t done before on the blog. The blog is partially about Jewish culture though, and nothing is as Jewish as food. We have food for every occasion and for none. The vast majority of Jewish holidays revolve around the kitchen, whether it’s fried food on Hannukah, hamantaschen pastries on Purim, or honey cake for Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year. We don’t really *do* healthy, as this recipe will make wonderfully clear. It’s my mother’s recipe, and is fairly unique because it doesn’t actually use honey. Try it, and leave me a comment telling me how it turned out.
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The Ultimate Jewish Playlist

For the upcoming Jewish holidays, on which more soon, I thought I would compile a playlist of influential or unique Jewish musicians. The Jewish musical tradition goes back as long as the religion itself. This is especially true in the Sephardi (Middle East/North African) community, whose prayers are traditionally much more lyrical and tuneful than the spoken Ashkenazi (Central/Eastern European) prayers. My family is as Ashkenazi as it is possible to be, but when my parents moved to a town in the Galilee in 1975 which had been established to accommodate Moroccan immigrants, our European traditions went out of the window. We don’t miss them. My mum cooks flavourful, colourful Sephardi food and my dad sings the Friday evening prayer to the more lyrical Sephardi tune. I mention this because there are disproportionately more Sephardi singers in my list, and that is entirely fair.
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ROUND-UP: Seven Jewish Stories You Might Have Missed

This is the first of a new regular feature, rounding up some of the more interesting and left-field Jewish travel and culture stories from around the world. Click on the hyperlink in each paragraph for the full story. Enjoy!
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