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Heebonics is a division of The Canadian Jewish News bringing news and views to Jews in their 20's and 30's interested in Jewish culture, including music, film, travel, business, social activism, and more.
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Chanukah tradition meets comfort food staple

Thursday December 11, 2014
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, comfort food is defined as food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family or friends.

Most of us are brought up hearing the story of why we celebrate the festival of Chanukah, and we consume traditional foods at gatherings of family and friends.

We eat sizeable quantities of foods fried in oil to recall the oil that lasted eight days in the menorah, when the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after their victory over the Greeks.

Melinda Strauss, a contributor to My Jewish Learning's blog the Nosher, also notes that we consume dairy products to celebrate Judith’s victory when she saved her village from the Babylonians.

An enterprising foodie, Strauss joined these two culinary traditions together combining latkes with a favourite North American comfort food that many of us know how to make: grilled cheese. To get this crispy, multi-tiered, melty treat just right, follow her instructions by jumping to the recipe here.

Imagine this Jewish spectacular in a city near you

Thursday December 4, 2014
With this week's edition of The Canadian Jewish News carrying Chanukah gift ideas, food ads and local greetings from community supporters, the web has been burning up with one of the most elaborate performances of familiar holiday songs with a new-age twist.

Imagine if reality competition programs like Dancing with The Stars or So You Think You Can Dance showcased a performance from a troupe helmed by Elliot Dvorin and the Key Tov Orchestra.

This set, recorded in Daley Plaza in Chicago, will have you transfixed along with the energized crowd, enjoying festival favourites such as Sevivon sov sov sov, Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah and even Ocho Kandelikas, a well-loved Ladino Chanukah song, along with top-notch orchestration and beautifully choreographed ballroom, modern and Latino-style dancing.

Throw away heavy bike locks in favour of this Israeli invention

Thursday December 4, 2014
What would be the most convenient way to lock up your bike outside while you run an errand in a store or head inside to work? Ilan and Mickey believe they've found the answer with SEATYLOCK.

The Israeli innovation, designed for urban cyclists, conforms to any bike type and transforms the seat into a lock that holds your bike in place while you step away.

In a process that takes less than thirty-seconds, you fold out the saddle into a meter long chain, and the bike key locks as you normally would to any fixed object.

While it has been rigorously tested, for now, Mickey and Ilan have just a few working samples and are appealing to Kickstarter supporters and fans on their Facebook page to help drive awareness, enthusiasm and interest in the product, which they hope one day to see come to market.


Are your locks cumbersome? How convenient would this be for you?

Sound off in our comments section below.

Lost Girl prepares to say farewell

Thursday November 27, 2014
The time has come Lost Girl fans.

As we told you just a little more than eight weeks ago, the popular sci-fi genre drama will begin airing the first half of its super-sized fifth and final season next month with a total of 16 episodes.

As the end nears, the cast has been looking back on whom they've shared screen time with, and in the video below, Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Lauren Palmer, Ksenia Solo, Rick Howland and Paul Amos are asked whom they felt was the best character on the show and – no surprise, given all the kissing scenes – who was the best kisser. You can tell they all had a blast together.


With a premiere date on Showcase in Canada of Sunday Dec. 7, the teaser trailers are giving loyal viewers a glimpse into what will surely be an epic conclusion to the journey lead actress Anna Silk's bisexual succubus character Bo began on Sept. 12, 2010. While learning about herself and her origins, and using her supernatural abilities and helping those in need, Bo also fiercely protected the newfound family she came to deeply love and rely on.


Throughout five seasons, the central premise of the show has been upheld from the title sequence's voice-over monologue:

"Life is hard when you don't know who you are. It's harder when you don't know what you are. My love carries a death sentence. I was lost for years, searching while hiding; only to find that I belong to a world hidden from humans. I won't hide anymore. I will live the life I choose."

Nature vs. nurture, free will vs. determinism – the ultimate question will be answered: does Bo truly have the power.

Seth Rogen's Thanksgiving rant

Thursday November 27, 2014
Today is the day our friends south of the border remember the first harvest meal the pilgrims invited local Native Americans to share in their first bounty after settling in the colonies.

It wasn't until 1863, however, in the midst of the Civil War, that U.S. president Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Growing up in Canada, comedian Seth Rogen could never quite understand why he and his family could not partake in Canada's similar festive celebration held in October.

In a new video produced for Funny or Die entitled Seth Rogen's Jewish-Canadian-American Thanksgiving, the 32-year-old recalls: "They told me that Jewish people did not celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. And I believed this, throughout my whole childhood, until I moved to the United States."

In his 20s, after getting to know other Jewish Canadian transplants to the United States who told him they celebrated with all the fixings, Rogen realized there was absolutely nothing non-Jewish about the holiday and that it was quite akin to what happened at our his typical family gatherings in that "All you do is eat and complain!"

I know one of our former Heebonics contributors will likely get a rise from this, so this one's for you Blintzkrieg.


Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers.

Could hostilities begin again from Gaza?

Thursday November 20, 2014
A rocket launched from Gaza fell into the Mediterranean Sea for the fourth time in 24 hours, according to the Israel military, JTA reported.

It is not known which terror organization launched the rocket, the most recently this morning, the Israel Defence Forces said.

 “Gaza terrorists are experimenting in order to increase rocket-launching capabilities,” the IDF said in a statement.

Several rockets have been fired from Gaza since the end of the summer’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge, some of which have triggered Israel’s Code Red rocket alert system.

From north to south and east to west, all of Israel may be about to go on high alert yet again.

Are you concerned?

Global hotel brands expand to Jerusalem

Thursday November 20, 2014
Israel's capital has been in the news recently for a number of mostly negative reasons. First and foremost was the terror attack in Har Nof, and before there were the hostilities on the Temple Mount that spurred Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Israel’s chief Sephardi rabbi, to urge Jews to avoid the area.

But in more positive news, there will soon be more options for tourists travelling to Jerusalem.

According to YNET , the likes of the W and Four Season luxury hotel chains are expected to follow in the footsteps of the Waldorf and bring their well-appointed suites to the city.

Meanwhile, other international hotel chains soon to be arriving in Jerusalem include Marriott, Ramada and Accor, which will run two hotels under the Ibis brand that are already under construction. Talks are also being held with the Radisson chain.

Ilanit Melchior, tourism director of the Jerusalem Development Authority, says the holy city currently has some 4,000 hotel rooms, with 2,000 more expected to within six years as part of a local and international brand expansion.

In addition, the Jerusalem Development Authority has started an initiative to extend urban accommodation units to tourists, allowing them to integrate with local residents and enjoy a cheaper vacation in Israel.


Wix follows SodaStream with a 2015 Super Bowl ad

Thursday November 13, 2014
There's a long way to go until Super Bowl XLIX and many growing companies are after prime spots to showcase their offerings during the Feb. 1 broadcast.

Among returning advertisers Doritos and Mercedes-Benz, Israeli website builder Wix is getting in on the action.

In an effort to increase it's name recognition, the provider of enterprise-level development tools to small businesses will produce a 30-second spot at a cost of $4.5 million that will air during the fourth quarter of the big game.

From its humble beginnings in 2006, Wix has amassed 55 million paid users for its services and has more than 2.5 million fans on Facebook. Until now, the "Hottest Middle Eastern Startup" – so labelled by Inc. Magazine – has attracted users through conservative spends on direct response marketing. You've no doubt seen the companies sponsored ads in Facebook newsfeeds.

Vice-president of marketing Omer Shai is excited to be part of the most-watched sporting event of the year. While popular overseas, Wix's desire is to raise its standing in the minds of business owners across North America.

Along with the Wix ad, viewers will be treated to a host of new advertisements, from the makers of Loctite glue to a phone-battery extender device called Mophie.

Could Wix's ad go viral like many Super Bowl before it? Time will tell.

ADL speaks out on Nikki Minaj's new video

Thursday November 13, 2014

It's been a week since New York rapper and song writer Nikki Minaj's video for the single Only premièred, and it has drawn criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and fans alike.

The imagery in the video, as you can see from the promotional still, not only seems to glorify Nazism, it was actually intentional, video director Jeff Osborn said in a statement, though he maintains that neither he nor the video are anti-Semitic.

The YM displayed across Minaj's chest and on the red band spread across Chris Brown's cap and lapel stand for Young Money, representing Minaj's label. In the still, that's Canadian Jewish rap star Drake portraying a priest to Minaj's left.

Regarding Osborne's depiction of Young Money as a generic totalitarian regime, he says he's taken images and symbols from several countries and time periods to comment on the continued existence of such ideologies and social practices.

The ADL, however, doesn't buy it. "Nicky Minaj's new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism."

Asked why the video was shot in black and white, with colour presented only in the form of the red banners with the YM logo imposed on a white background, akin to the look of a swastika, Osborne said: "The Young Money team came to me with a set of parameters in which they exactly stated: something black and white, dark, ominous, with hints of imagery like Sin City or Metalocalypse."

The song itself imagines what the experience would be like to sleep with Young Money's princess.

Share with us your thoughts after watching the video below.

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