The Shmooze

6 Things You Should Watch to Get in the Passover Mood

By Anne Cohen

Passover is now five days away. That means matzo, matzo, and more matzo — kind of a mood killer, I know.

But if hours and hours of Seder, an inevitable family fight over which kid (ok, adult) found the Afikomen, and stuffing your face with coconut macaroons aren’t enough to get you excited for the holiday, we’ve got you covered. After all, what better way to fully enjoy the miracle of the Jews breaking the shackles of slavery than by sitting on your couch?

Here are 6 things you should watch this week to get you revved up for the upcoming bagel-less days. And if that doesn’t work, remember: matzo pizza.

1) The Prince of Egypt

The best Passover movie ever. HANDS. DOWN. Choosing a clip for this was almost impossible. All the songs are good. But in the end, the spine-tingling “When You Believe” won out. (Check out the Mariah Carey-Whitney Houston duet here).


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'Homeland' Could Run for Years

By Reuters

“Homeland”, the post-9/11 American psychological thriller which has swept television awards including at Sunday’s Golden Globes, could run for years more, one of its Israeli co-creators said.

Now two seasons old, “Homeland” won the Golden Globe for best drama and best actor honors for Damian Lewis, who plays a returning Iraq veteran turned by al Qaeda, as well as a best actress award for Claire Danes in her role as a bipolar CIA officer.

Gideon Raff, whose Israeli television drama “Hatufim” inspired “Homeland” and who has co-written the U.S. show, said the Danes character could generate several more seasons.

“I know that the fact that ‘Homeland’ has at its centre a CIA analyst and her boss could allow it to continue for a good number of years more. It would always be possible to switch cases when a case ends,” Raff, speaking from the Los Angeles, told Israel’s Army Radio on Monday.

“As long as we somehow keep our finger on the pulse of the spirit of the times in America, in terms of what interests the audience, I believe it will be okay.”

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