Wednesday morning, my day started with a visit from one of my colleagues, Nancy. She mentioned that every year, there seems to be a new video or two that gets forwarded around as a sort of Rosh Hashanah e-card, but she hasn't seen a great one for this year yet.
At the time of the conversation, I had to agree. The only new Rosh Hashanah video I had seen at all by that point was this one, which was brought to my attention by Jewish educator / humorist / comics blogger David Wolkin. I should point out that Wolkin, as he's known, lives in New York, which is a good thing, because had he been within striking distance as my eyes began to bleed from that awful video, it would have been very difficult to keep my fists away from his face.
Enter G-dcast. G-dcast is a great website that spent last year creating a short animated video for each Torah portion of the year, guest-narrated by a diverse group of storytellers such as actress Mayim Bialik (you may remember her as Blossom, or if you're me, Young Bette Midler in Beaches) and author David Leivthan (who co-wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist). This year, they are following-up the Torah toons with eight shorts about Jewish holidays. The Rosh Hashanah video premiered today, featuring a new rap about the binding of Isaac by Prodezra. I'm not a big rap connoisseur (as if the Beaches comment didn't give that away), but I think it's pretty good. I bet you will too. Here it is.
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David Levy is the marketing director of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. From 2010 to 2013, he was editor of JewishBoston.com.