About David K. Israel

David is an author, journalist, composer, teacher and, most importantly, father of baby Jack Nathaniel Israel. He blogs daily over at mentalfloss.com. David’s first novel, Behind Everyman was put out by Random House in 2005 and is presently being turned into a major motion picture. David’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous magazines. At the age of 23, after undergrad studies, David was hired as an editor to work on Leonard Bernstein’s music. He helped publish definitive editions of classics such as West Side Story and On the Town. If you're interested in knowing more and have nothing but time on your hands, you can put yourself to sleep reading his exceedingly long bio: www.davidisrael.net


5 Famous Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters

By December 21, 2009

1. “White Christmas” – While there are more than five Christmas carols written by Jewish songwriters, I thought I’d just cover my favorites, starting with not only the most famous Christmas song written in modern times, but according to the … Read More

Chanukah by the Numbers

By December 14, 2009

The ancient Greeks borrowed from the Hebrew by turning aleph and bet (the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, respectively) into alpha and beta, which is where the English word originates. Centuries later, Jews would repay the compliment by … Read More

Honika Electronica

By December 9, 2009

I’m really jazzed to post this new vid by my pal Smooth E. If you’re in the L.A. area for the first night of Chanukah, be sure to come out to A Cow Jumped Over the Moon in Beverly Hills … Read More

Dustin Hoffman – Up Close and Personal

By December 8, 2009

Dustin Hoffman’s 40-year stage and screen career is legendary. From his edgy breakthrough performance in The Graduate, which paved the way for ethnic-looking actors in male leading roles, to his comic portrayal of both Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels in … Read More

CONTEST: Fight Hunger, Win Prizes!

By October 30, 2009

Everyone knows that hunger is a big problem world-wide. But did you know right here in the U.S. we’ve got our own serious problem? That’s why Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore made this video (with the help of non-celebs around … Read More

5 Composers Murdered By the Nazis

By October 15, 2009

Theresienstadt concentration camp, or Terezín as it was usually called, was an oddity, even by the Nazis’ standards. They used it as transit camp, before carting people off to Auschwitz. But more than that, they used it as propaganda, the … Read More

How to Meet Jewish Girls in Israel and New York (in 15 Steps)

By October 14, 2009

1. Move from New York City to Israel – Tel Aviv, to be exact. Board a bus driven by a bearded maniac; a wild-eyed, bearded maniac with hair sprouting uncontrollably from his knuckles.  He’ll look like Mandy Patinkin, back when … Read More