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    Mishloach Manot Twitter Exchange



    The conversation on Twitter turned to mischloach manot (aka Purim Baskets) today and we thought it would be fun to start a mishloach manot exchange with our Twitter friends! (Kind of like a chain mail letter)

    Here's how it works: Leave your Twitter handle in the comments section below by Midnight, Tuesday, March 3rd. PopJudaica.com will send mishloach manot to the first person who leaves their twitter handle in the comments section. Everyone else will send mishloach manot to the person whose handle is directly below them on the list. Be sure to follow the person on Twitter who appears above and below your handle, so that you can exchange addresses via DM. Please make sure that the mishloach manot that you send to your Twitter recipient is certified kosher.

    Read more about the tradition of Mishloach Manot here.

    You must have a Twitter account to participate in this exchange. Sign up for Twitter here.

    Have fun!

    The Brodway Purim Shpiel

    So nu? What are your plans for Purim?
    We can't think of a more fun way to celebrate the holiday than the Broadway Purim Shpiel! This awesome event which benefits Taglit-Birthright Israel is in its 5th year of production. This year, the event is hosted by comedian Jackie Hoffman and stars the following Broadway notables:

    Jordan Gelber, All My Sons
    Mary Faber, Avenue Q
    Lorin Lattaro, Guys & Dolls
    Marc Kudish, 9 to 5
    Logan Lipton, Wicked
    Jared Gertner, 25th Annual Spelling Bee
    Noah Wiesberg, South Pacific
    Carly Jibson, Hairspray

    Get 10% off your tickets to the show with the code "POPJ" when you order tickets.

    Going Green For Tu B'Shvat!



    Tu B'Shvat, which falls on February 8th is know as the New Year for Trees. Many Jewish organizations, including Hazon are using Tu B'Shvat as an opportunity to spread the message of going green. If each one of us makes just a small change in our lives, we can contribute to making this world a better place. Isn't that what Tikkun Olam is all about?

    In the comments section below, tell us what you've done or plan to do to be more green, or leave us a great tip on how to do it! Enter by Feb 8th, and one lucky winner will receive an eco-friendly Schlep Tote Bag from Popjudaica.com. (Be sure to leave a link to your blog or twitter, facebook, or myspace accounts so we can contact you if you are the winner!)

    Planning a Chanukah Party Part 1: Music

    Do you know what we love best about the holidays? All the parties! If you are throwing a Chanukah or holiday bash, we're here to help you with your planning! There are a million components to making your festival of lights a true festival -- food, drinks, decorations, and games, but first we'll start with the music. We're offering up some suggestions for making sure your party goers are moving and grooving like a life-size dreidel.

    A (sort of) old standby is a disc by The LeeVees -- Hanukkah Rocks. The band is the work of Guster's Adam Gardner and some other indie-rock hipsters. You can't go wrong with "Latke Clan," "Goyim Friends," and "Applesauce vs. Sour Cream," an homage to the ages-old debate about what to pair with your latkes. Here's a taste, with "How Do You Spell Channukkahh."


    If you're into some more kid-friendly songs, check out Mama Doni , who has a holiday EP available on her website with free downloads this month, including the songs "Latke Man" and "La Vida Dreidel." Mama Doni's tunes are definitely upbeat and good for making sure your party stays up and alive, no matter the age of your partiers. Mama Doni's "The Funky Gold Menorah," below, is a trippy-fun tune!


    If you're looking for some variety in your Chanukah tunes, the new album by Erran Baron Cohen, famed brother of Borat (also known as Sascha Baron Cohen), might be just right. Erran's previous musical stylings appear in the work of the band Zohar, but this new CD -- Songs in the Key of Hanukkah -- is full of Chanukah toe-tappers. The stellar thing about Erran's new work is that he teams up with the likes of Y-Love and Idan Raichel. "Dreidel" (found below) is an intense, rock-out version of the classic song, and the tunes cover as many genres as there are options on how to spell Chanukah (or is it Hanukkah or Hanukah ...). "Look to the Light" reminds me of something out of the 1960s, "Rock of Ages" has a very light rock feel to it, and many of the tracks are superloaded with Hebrew and Yiddish lyrics. Basically, no matter the preferences of your guests, Erran Baron Cohen has made an album that anyone and everyone can jive to on Chanukah.


    Of course, for those classic music lovers, there's the traditional favorite -- Adam Sandler singing the "Chanukah Song." After all, Sandler paved the way for the aforementioned musicians to belt love for the latke noshing holiday, right?


    Whatever tunes you pick up for your Chanukah festivities, make sure you stay tuned for future installments on preparing for your party. And be sure to check out Erran Baron Cohen and Y-Love on Conan O'Brien tonight!