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Jews on Ice

I tuned in intermittently to the “cultural dance” segment of Olympic ice-dancing last night. In a night filled with several highly questionable routines including a Russian pair’s notorious (and racist) aboriginal costumes, I was jolted out of my apathy by seeing Israeli ice-dancing pair Roman Zaretsky and his sister Alexandra, called “Sasha” enter the rink wearing traditional Jewish head coverings and full on peasant-chic regalia. They proceeded to launch into a lively, if occasionally less than perfectly in sync, routine, dancing to the strains of “Hava Negila.” The Twitter hilarity ensued, including a reference to the pair getting fountain pens from the audience instead of flowers (a bar-mitzvah joke), complaints that this was the slowest Hava Negila ever, and moans that “we have more than one song.”

Personally, it immediately reminded my viewing companion and me of the last few minutes of Mel Brooks’ fanatically adored “History of the World, Part I” where he presents “Hilter on Ice” and “Jews in Space.” Elide those two together, and you have “Jews on Ice.”

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