Updated, 1:06 p.m.
An unusual quiz is circulating in Jewish social media — challenging listeners to distinguish between snippets of Hasidic and Korean music.
Most of the music clips are up-beat and electronic — and it’s surprisingly difficult.
“There are many things Koreans and Hasidic Jews have in common: An emphasis on studying, good food,” read the introduction to the quiz, posted on a website called koreanorhasidic.com.
“Shockingly though, the music of these two very different cultures often sounds the same as well,” the site read.
The quiz of ten questions had been taken more than 20,000 times by Friday afternoon. The website also includes links to videos of Hasidim dancing to the popular Korean song “Gangnam Style” and Chinese women dancing to Hasidic music. There is also a link to a video of the South Korean ambassador to Israel being interviewed on Israeli TV.
The site also includes a link to the Israeli tour company called Israel Complete.
A man named Ezra Yellin is behind the website. “I stumbled upon the similarities in music quite by accident and I felt a need to share it with the world,” Yellin wrote in an email to the Forward.
In a public Facebook post Jennifer Kostman shared her results from the quiz and wrote, “Jews and Koreans. I challenge you to take this quiz, it’s much harder than you’d think it would be!”
AMSTERDAM (JTA) — City officials from a Dutch municipality near The Hague said they would remove the names of three SS soldiers from its monument for Jewish Holocaust victims.
The inclusion of the German soldiers’ names was discovered through research by the local Historical Association of Leidschendam-Voorburg, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported Wednesday.
The monument, which also includes the name of a local criminal, was unveiled 10 years ago and contains approximately 400 names of Holocaust victims and resistance fighters. Hubert Berkhout, a researcher for the Dutch Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, told the daily that he has never encountered the inclusion of Nazis in recently constructed monuments.
“It occurs in monuments set up shortly after the war when there was not so much information,” he said.
Dutch Jewish groups have protested what they described as an emerging trend of commemorations extended not only to Holocaust victims and Allied forces’ casualties, but also to German soldiers. Organizers of such events have justified them as promoting reconciliation.
The Brentwood, LA home that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe is back on the market. The actress purchased the four bedroom, three bathroom house in 1962, following her divorce from Arthur Miller. She had only lived in the house for a few months before she was found dead in her bedroom, as a result of an apparent drug overdose.
Despite previous owners putting their own touches to the house, listing agent Lisa Optican told Vanity Fair that the original “feeling and aesthetic and vibe” of Monroe’s house remains.
“It is really warm, romantic, intimate. The same courtyard, entry, and backyard with the pool and the expansive grassy yard and garden are all there. You feel it and get why she was attracted to it — she wanted a home rather than just a big house in Beverly Hills.”
The 2,624 square-foot property, listed for $6.9 million, was the first home Monroe had ever owned alone. In 1962, the actress allowed a Life Magazine reporter to photograph her outside the house, though she insisted on keeping the inside private.
“I don’t want everybody to see exactly where I live, what my sofa or my fireplace looks like,” Monroe said. “Do you know the book Everyman? Well, I want to stay just in the fantasy of Everyman.”
White House conter-terrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka is facing a demand from House Democrats for President Trump to fire him after reports from the Forward linked him to far-right and neo-Nazi groups in his native Hungary.
“Based on recent revelations about Mr. Gorka’s public support for and membership in several anti-Semitic and racist groups in Hungary, he is clearly unfit to serve in any position of responsibility in the White House,” read the letter, written by Reps. Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel, both of New York.
The document, addressed to President Trump, has been signed by 18 House Democrats so far, Politico reported Friday. More members of Congress are expected to sign onto the letter as the House of Representatives comes back into session next week.
As the Forward has reported, Gorka once swore membership to the Nazi-linked Order of Vitez, from which he received a medal that he proudly displayed at Trump’s inauguration. He also was caught on video defending a racist and anti-Semitic street league known as the Hungarian Guard.
The progressive Jewish group Bend the Arc has signed onto two amicus briefs opposing President Donald Trump’s second executive order suspending immigration from six majority-Muslim countries.
The briefs will be filed as part of cases challenging the ban to be heard by the Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit courts of appeals. Other signatories to the Fourth Circuit amicus brief include the senior ministers at The Riverside Church in Manhattan and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among others.
The Fourth Circuit is expected to hear the case in May.
The brief argues that the executive order violates the Constitution’s establishment and equal protection clauses, and that it will “disfavor and injure Muslims.”
“This country was founded on the principle of religious freedom, and Trump’s dangerous, discriminatory Muslim ban directly undermines that fundamental value,” Bend the Arc CEO Stosh Cotler said in a statement. “As Jews, we understand the pain and suffering that religious discrimination causes.”
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