If it's Rosh Hashanah, it's time for Haaretz's annual look at the New Year videos.
- American Rabbis, These High Holidays, Talk About Jewish Texts, Not the Jewish State
- First Lines for a New Year
- Looking Back on 5774: A Year of Environmental Triumph and Tragedy
- High Holy Hesitation: U.S. Rabbis Find Topic of Israel Is a Lightning Rod
They're produced by everyone from a shul worker in the U.S. Midwest to the wise guys (and wise women) at Israel's version of MIT.
The musical inspirations for the videos range from the very oldest and most reverent ("Avinu Malkenu") to the newest and, at times, simply irreverent ("All About That Bass"). And they're all designed to push you into 5775 in good spirit.
So let's start with a throwback to the '50s, a doo-wop a capella thing called "All About That Rosh" from Matthew Rissien, sports fan and director of youth activities at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, Illinois. It takes off on "All About That Bass" from Meghan Trainor.
The Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, took the multicultural approach. In keeping with its reputation as an innovator, the video is titled "Dream It, Do It." Students speaking more than a dozen languages offer bits of wisdom and good wishes.
And moving from the producers of technology to the reporters on the field, we give you Israel 21c's geographic survey. The website asks: "Where will you eat your apples and honey this Rosh Hashanah?" And it gives you plenty of ideas, from a bike path to a surfboard to a Segway to midair.
Here's the apparent world-record-breaking shofar blow, at 1 minute 53 seconds. This will put a bit of wind in your sails, even as it took virtually all the wind out of Rav Yedidya Klatzko.
Six13 is five guys who snipped and clipped "Avinu Malkenu" and other material into a mashup. Their sound is clean and sweet but the video could be a bit more inspiring.
If you prefer the (almost) static to the dynamic, how about a selection of funky (gefilte) fish shots from the aptly named .Gifilite Fish. The stars of your show here include Sponge Bob and Harrison Ford. (Don't ask. Just look at it.)
And for all that, if none of the videos here moves you, here's a link to Haaretz's selection from last year.