Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bubula Please (Content Warning)

Mike L.

A buddy of mine sent me this video entitled, "Bubula Please" and I think that it's absolutely hysterical.

HOWEVER, the video contains outright vulgarity and may offend the sensibilities of some people.


This is not quite as wholesome as the Maccabeats, I'm afraid.


  1. Saw it weeks ago.

    I think it is truly pathetic. But then I don't think much of American humour. Sorry guys. Please note I spell the word correctly too!

    Sorry you need to learn to appreciate good dry British humour

    1. What????

      Well, I supposed that you're allowed, Shirl.

      I have to tell ya, tho, there definitely comes a point where hilarity becomes a moral, political, and psychological necessity!

      I trust your Chanukah was a nice one.


  2. I'm a fan, but that should surprise absolutely nobody who knows me. ;)

  3. Their so-called recipe is way off base too. Anyway who needs a recipe to make latkes?

    I shtick myslef when people ask for recipes especially for

    1. Latkes
    2. Chicken soup
    3. Knadels
    4. Chopped liver
    5. Brisket
    6. Red cabbage
    7. Tzimmes
    8. Lockshen pudding

    Latkes are not made using matzo meal or flour. If a binder must be used then it's traditional to use potato flour. The egg will bind it.

    It's not Hunaka.. it's CHANUKAH

    Sorry guys.only in America. Fall out with me if you like, but no way.

    Yuck apple sauce and sour cream?

    Can you just imagine our forefathers in the shtetls of Europe and the old Soviet bloc countries eating that?

    No don't answer that one.

    Latkes with salt beef, red cabbage and hamishe cucumbers. Even Chopped liver and latkes is nice, but sour cream and apple sauce.

    My boobas must be turning in their graves at that one.

    1. Lockshen pudding, Shirl?

      What is this?

      There is no such thing in this world as Lockshen pudding!


      Whoever heard of such a thing?!

      Not I, I say.

      Lockshen pudding, my tushky!

      Kasha varnishka, yes, but Lockshen pudding?

      Not so much.

    2. Ohhhh, Okay, kugel!

      I used to sometimes make this for friends on Thanksgiving and I would be sure to add lots of liver... because you know how everyone just loves liver in their kugel.


    3. Liver rocks. It is one of the greatest things known to humanity.

      All this talk of food. I'm on my way down to Chinatown in about an hour, gonna grab a bowl of hand-pulled noodle soup with beef tripe. It's soup season, and tomorrow's lunch will be a new(-ish) pho joint down the block on Kensington Ave. Philly is a great soup city!

  4. Sorry but I was brought up on Lockshen pudding.

    Maybe it's a Bethnal Green thing

  5. You don't know what lockshen pudding is. Oy vey! I have a cookery book first printed in 1932 with lockshen pudding in it. Though why you need a recipe to make that is beyond me.

    You American Jews aren't Jewish. I was going to say something here in Yiddish but again it's been bastardised there, the same as your English !!! Don't get me started. You'll be sorry.

    Liver in kugel.? Are you for real?

    What you are calling kugel is lockshen pudding. Lockshen with butter, nuts, sugar and sultanas

    Kugel is a biscuit type thing. Again you use the wrong word for biscuit, you say cookie. Kugel is a very light biscuity sweet almost pastry type of thing, which is deep fried.

    You don't even call 'salt beef salt beef' I think you call it pastrami, which is very different to the original pickled brisket.

    Do you even know what hamische cucumbers are.?

    Geoffrey these guys are heathens, they are too far removed from the shtetl.

    What about heldzel? Fies?

  6. Michael

    I think you need this

    1. Thank you, Shirl.

      That was very beautiful and very sad.

  7. I just tried listening to it again and I can't without getting a very tight feeling in my chest and my eyes filling with tears for so many reasons

    1 My father sang that almost nightly to me when he sat on my bed to say goodnight as a child.

    2 It is so full of memories of my childhood. I grew up in the shtetl. I am only one generation from it, from Russia and The Pale

    3 We as a race, as a people, have forgotten our roots. I know I take the mickey out of you Americans, but you really are the worst. I say this not only about the cultural side of being Jewish, but the actual religion too. Don't get me wrong here, I am not religious, far from it, but my heart my soul and my very being is Jewish. What has been done in the US to the 'religion' is murder.

    Here 'down under' we are the most traditional of Communities worldwide and that includes Israel.

    4 A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of hearing David Hazony speak. Normally I would never shlap (not shlep as you say)to the City for an hour or so, to hear a person speak. I don't know why but I felt I had to hear him. He was a guest of the Zionist Federation of Australia. The Life President of the ZF of Australia and Immediate Past President of the Zionist Council of NSW is a good friend.

    What he had to say was so true. He was speaking about people forsaking Judaism and losing their feel/need for Israel. Sure plenty support Her. Come 'Appeal time' they are happy to stick their hands in their pockets but that's about where it begins and ends.

    Anyhow, what a treat! Watch out for him, he was so interesting. It's not very often I can say that I sat for an hour or so without being bored and/or restless.

    He spoke in the main, about the reasons behind apathy towards Israel, especially by the younger generations.

    He put it down to 'need'. They see no 'need' for Israel. They have grown up in the West in a cocoon free of hatred and antisemitism. Israel is Israel and is a fact of life. They don't need a place to be safe, a place to escape the murder, rape, servitude and forced armed service. I wonder, if again in the US, because you are, in the main, very insular, if you are aware of the happenings in Europe and Scandinavia and how the antisemitism there is getting out of control

    This is what ‘gets’ me.

    I found this group just over a week ago. Immediately after making contact and speaking with them, I wrote this article.
    I sent it to ‘Friends of Israel Western Australia’ and J-Wire. In less than a week I’ve had offers of help and support from all over the country and Israel. These guys are just amazing. I’ve had a Skype conference call with them and emails galore flying backwards and forwards. What a inspiration. Shame we can’t get more Jew enthusiastic like this

    No offence intended here Mike.

    1. Shirl,

      I wonder, if again in the US, because you are, in the main, very insular, if you are aware of the happenings in Europe and Scandinavia and how the antisemitism there is getting out of control.

      Americans have virtually no idea about this and that goes for most American Jews, as well.

      And, believe me, there is no offense taken. In fact, one of the things that I am finding more and more interesting, which is why I like to see your participation and Geoffff's and ZionTruth's, is because it helps give me some sense of the cultural and political differences among Jews from different parts of the world.

      And, yes, the US, G-d love it, is very insular.

      btw, you take the "mickey" out of us Americans?


      That's not an expression we use here. The Mickey, huh? Does that refer to the mouse?

      Anyway, most of the American Jews that I know are far more culturally American then Jewish. Not to say that we aren't also culturally Jewish, just that we are definitely more culturally American.

      I have to say, when I was growing up in the wake of the Vietnam War I considered my Jewishness to be something similar to what I assumed was the broad general experience of other ethnic Americans. Jewish is a part of who we are, but it's not that big a deal. I figured being Jewish American was like being Italian American or Chinese American, i.e., a significant part of our identities but nothing to worry about.

      It was only when I came to realize the brutal hatred being spit at Israel from my own political quarters that my focus seriously altered. I wouldn't say that anti-Semitic anti-Zionists turned me into a Jew, but they've certainly helped.

      Oh, and you should know that my father was born in the Ukraine, in the Pale. On my father's side, because they were in the US, they were among the few to have survived World War II. The rest of my father's side, who remained in Mezibush, Ukraine, were taken out by the Nazis during Operation Barbarossa.

  8. I don't really recall it firsthand, as I was only about 7 years old at the time, but the one time we visited Canada, he was asked at the border crossing what his language was. He told them "American," followed by the little grunt thing he sometimes does. It was always told as a quick funny anecdote to sum up his 'gruff old man' personality (even when he was only in his mid-30s), but there's kinda sorta more truth to that than it seems, eh?

    I, on the other hand, have never spoken English. Or American. I speak North Jersey. ;)

  9. *interspersed throughout with a few Fluffya (the local dialect of the Great City of Philadelphia) flourishes, of course...

  10. Love the photo Jay. Shame you don't have one pair in the back of your head though.!!

    If you are interested in linguistics, as I am ,very. I can recommend an excellent book. I have the first edition hardback, which I now find is a 'collectors item'!!! I've bought a couple of them [soft back] 2nd hand recently on Amazon, at a very good price

    It's called 'the Story of English' by Robert McCrum, William Crane and Robert MacNeil. Apparently too, and I haven't got around to looking for it, there is a DVD of the original TV documentary available.

    Well worth reading and soooooo interesting

  11. Thanks, I'll look that up. One of my main interests is indeed linguistics, specifically regional American dialects.

    Oh, and I now see I should clarify that the "he" I was referring to above is my father. I'm not at my clearest prior to coffee. Clearly...

    Heh, and thanks. I only had my daughter and two of my nieces at hand just before that picture was taken, so I did the best I could with just the pairs of glasses I was able to quickly commandeer. ;)

  12. Jay and Shirl,

    American dialects are diluting.

    My dad is from Brooklyn (Flatbush, way back in the day) and my mom is from the Bronx. I was born in NY, but mainly grew up in Connecticut.

    Laurie is from Michigan and, for a number of years in her teens, South Carolina.

    And, yet, we have pretty much the same accent and dialect.

    Also we are losing dialects. The NYC dialects and accents are dying out. Think the old Bowery Boys movies. You know that accent. It's almost entirely gone, now, and that is true of its upscale, semi-New England version that someone like Katherine Hepburn had.

    Today Connecticut speaks pretty much just like California and I am NOT happy about it!

    Even the Boston accent is probably on its way out.

    Sad. Sad. Sad.

    The Joisy accent still has some kick, tho, eh, Jay?

    Is it true in Australia, as well, Shirl?

  13. I'm told I have an extremely strong accent, although I don't necessarily think I do. Then again, I guess I wouldn't sound peculiar in any way to myself, would I?

    Most people guess New York, although one woman I worked with out in Oregon picked it as Newark, and I loved her forever for being able to pick that out. Heh.

    I can speak in a Generic American Broadcaster Voice without much trouble when I put my mind to it (which leads me to believe that my accent must not be that bad), mainly in job interviews or during the occasional thing like speaking on a panel at a farm-to-cafeteria conference.

    I don't know about local dialects diluting everywhere, though. Definitely not in Philadelphia, man. The Fluffya thing is very real. Born and raised Kenzos (the folks in my neighborhood with shamrock neck tattoos and all over print hoodies and whatnot, those to whom a 'trip outta town' is taking the El to Center City or the 57 bus to South Philly) almost sound like they're speaking a completely foreign language at times.

    The 'positive anymore' is my favorite local phenomenon, btw. In the place of 'these days.'

    As in, like, "everybody's talking about that place anymore."

    At first, it sounds completely alien to the ear not used to it, but it becomes quite endearing rather quickly. I love it. That usage is actually, apparently, quite common outside of the US, but it's rather unique in the states. Mainly in a belt from here in southeast Pennsylvania, picking up some of Maryland and West Virginia, and ultimately on out to Toledo, Ohio or thereabouts, via Erie, skipping around Pittsburgh, I believe.

    That, and 'wooder.' Not water. Wooder. Which for some reason, my father actually says himself. Even though he's lived in New Jersey his entire life, with the exception of a year in Arizona. I think it's likely because his mother was from the Scranton, PA area. So I guess it goes up there into northeastern Pennsylvania, although I always thought it was just a SE PA / Delaware / South Jersey thing.

    Nobody in NJ has ever, in the annals of recorded history, said "Joisey," btw. ;)

  14. Dan,

    if only you could figure out how to say what you want to say in one-fifth the words.