Satire, Parody and the Fair Use Doctrine

The Jewish blogosphere (and the Huffington Post, too) was lately abuzz over the Maccabeat’s new single, Candlelight (YouTube video, iTunes). As noted on the Jewish Insights blog, the song is Based on Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and Mike Tompkins’ a cappella version. That’s for sure – the Maccabeats are certainly indebted to Cruz (YouTube) for the …

Wives and Daughters and Sisters and Mothers

Anne Brontë: I was too late for tea; but my mother had kindly kept the teapot and muffin warm upon the hobs, and, though she scolded me a little, readily admitted my excuses; and when I complained of the flavour of the overdrawn tea, she poured the remainder into the slop-basin, and bade Rose1 put …

The בעל מוסר and the Bard

Rav Shlomo Wolbe, in the midst of a characteristically eloquent and passionate – and uncompromisingly hard-line – essay insisting on the preservation of the independence and purity of the Haredi Yeshivos in Israel, lets slip a reminder that he was once (August) Wilhelm Wolbe (or Gustav Karl Friedrich Wolbe), a student at the University of …