Shout out from Toronto

I was checking to see who was visiting the site when I was delighted to find traffic from a Canadian Jewish site, Doing Jewish In Toronto.

In their February 2 article, Cultural Podcasts, here’s what they had to say:

What are you listening to on your iPod? If you have space to spare on your MP3 player, there is wonderful free, Jewish content that you can download and enjoy anywhere. From practically any flavour of Israeli music to Jewish culture, the podcasts are waiting for you. I’ll tell you where to find them – and then wash down the column with a refreshing shpritz of seltzer….

What is the quintessential Jewish beverage? Many people might answer wine. Or perhaps a shot of shnapps or vodka. But Brooklyn’s Barry Joseph, has no doubts – it’s seltzer. Joseph, the self-proclaimed Effervescent Jew, has created a blog and a podcast titled “Give Me Seltzer.” How much can you say about carbonated water? Plenty if you look at the dozen podcasts Joseph has produced in just half a year. There are interviews about the history of the drink, a look at its current popularity around the world, comedy from Allan Sherman – and a marvelous theme song sung to the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter.” And the Jewish and Israeli content? It’s there – like the video podcast that includes a clip from the 1966 film, Cast a Giant Shadow. Frank Sinatra, flying on behalf of the fledgling Israeli air force during the 1948 War of Independence, bombards Egyptian troops with his weapon of choice – seltzer bottles. Why? According to the film, the poorly equipped Israeli army used seltzer bottles to scare the enemy because they made a lot of noise as they dropped.

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