Arur Penn, Baruch Spring Break

Today – for those of you who don’t know – is Purim, but more importantly, it’s also Spring Break. I wouldn’t say Penn emptied out, but who am I kidding, Penn basically emptied out. The OCP made a valiant effort to put together a Purim spiel in absentia, but there’s still nothing like a live performance.

So last night, when I should have been sleeping (because oh my god megillah is so early), I found myself watching Spiel 2010. It’s not the only spiel I’ve had the pleasure of working on, but it’s one of the best, and more importantly, it was nicely assembled on the OCP website. Having now reviewed the performance, I would like to recommend Spiel 2010 as a wonderful supplement to your Purim festivities.

With that, I share my last (authorized) email to the OCP listserv (dated Feb 28, 2010):

Yo 234 Band, ima let you finish, but spiel had one of the best videos of all time

Watch it here:

Shoutout to my boys – especially Ariella and Rachel Meisel, Chuck Boyars, Chuck Boyars, and of course: our pal, A Stein

Shkoyach to Leibel for filming and to Miki for assembling [Editor’s note: on the OCP website]

Also in all seriousness (oh no, more Chuck), mad props to the 234 Band. You guys played awesome, and hey, now you’re famous (no longer soon-to-be)

Finally, I would like to issue a correction. The previous OCP email indicated that ten individuals read the megillah. In fact, there were only nine. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused

A freilechen Purim!

Or, if you don’t have the time and/or inclination to sit through the whole thing, here’s the highlight:


The challenge of making the OCP spiel is presenting the same jokes as every other OCP spiel in a way that hasn’t been done before in the past four years. So mad props to this year’s most original entry:


For those who clicked because the title mixed up words they recognized with words they didn’t: On Purim, Jews are ‘supposed’ (whatever that means) to get drunk until they can no longer tell the difference between Haman and Mordechai – more specifically, to the point that they would mix up which is to be cursed (arur) and which blessed (baruch).


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