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Monday, April 26, 2010

Worship with a Schmear

We worshipped yesterday morning.  What passes for worship in our family.  We drove around with klezmer music blaring, eventually ending up at our favorite bagel bakery where we purchased a baker’s dozen, still hot from the oven.  Then we sat in the car and just pulled the hot bagels apart and dipped them in fresh made cream cheese and ate while the klezmer pelted us with it's goofy tones.  That's temple, more or less.  Sans beards.  And yarmulkes.  And praying.  And other Jews.

For those that don’t know, klezmer is music from the European Jewish tradition.  It’s full of horns and violins and accordians and mournful clarinets and peppy glishpiezel-phones.  It has chords that represent the sounds of laughing and crying.  It’s wacky, ironic music.  Sort of like what you might hear in a Dr. Seuss book, if the Cat in The Hat had gone through great suffering yet still come out with an intact sense of humor.  

We only listen to it once a week on a local college radio show.  No one needs more than a couple hours of mournful clarinet solos per week.  Tops.  Which is how many people feel about the Jews.  And that is the story of anti-semitism.  The end.  

The music starts at about the 1:00 mark.  I think the non-jews who aren't familiar with the term klezmer this will recognize it as something they've heard before.

Homemaker Man

P.S.  I know we're supposed to worship on Saturday.  So sue me.

P.P.S.  There were better videos, but the embed option was disabled.  Psshh.  Jews.

P.P.S.  A special thank you to Suburban Correspondent.  She writes one of my favoritest blogs,  The More, The Messier.  Apparently. Peter Sagal of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me fame reads her blog.
Also, apparently he borrows some of his material from there as well.  Psshh.  Jews.

Thanks for the mention, S.C.



  1. You people and your funny ways... That was enjoyable, if somewhat too cheery for me...

  2. I've been to Israel!
    The tomatoes are delicious there...
    (sorry- my Monday comment is all over the place!)

  3. I love Klezmer! I actually know a Klezmer musician personally. But here is where it gets weird - he ended up being the drummer on Bruce Springsteen's Folkways album back in 2005/2006. Somehow, you would never think I could get Springsteen and Klezmer packed into the same paragraph. But I did!

  4. :) Seriously.. whats with you and the food? You are really hurting a girls diet! You just really want to see me dance like beyoncee dont you? You are out to sabatage my bod! lmao! :)

  5. I think that is a perfectly wonderful way to worship; we get sausage and egg mcmuffins from McDonalds and come home and read the Sunday paper while munching on McMuffins and sipping coffee. (or juice)

  6. Sounds great. Anything that you can sit back and enjoy so much is a great way to spend an off day.

  7. Worship in your car?! You're a Holy Roller! Terribly sorry about that, I couldn't help myself.

  8. Oy vey! (can I use that term even though I'm not a Jew?)

    I'd prefer my bagels and cream cheese with a side of polka music. Not really. Do people actually listen to polka music?

    Damn you. Now I'm craving bagels.

  9. The magic of Wikipedia! It taught me something new today. Didn't have a clue about klezmer music :-) Your worship sounds yummy. I'd like to have some worship like that.

  10., would it totally count if I drove the kids to church, but, and never get out of the car?

  11. Grrr, that was, "but, not get out of the car" or "and never get out of the car," however, I got sidetracked by 'faking' not being able to open a bottle for my three year old who very helpfully stated that, "Of course, you can't open it if you turn it the wrong way."

  12. I ate Matzoh today ie: went to services. Shalom


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