Besides for being Friday, today is being marked internationally as April Fools’ Day. In between preparations for Shabbos, some Jews and even rabbis are taking part in playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes.
Here are 4 pranks:
1. Shmaltz Box
Calling itself the world’s 1st herring subscription service, the “Shmaltz Box” promises to redefine how Jews enjoy their fishy experience at the Kiddush meal in Shul or at home.
“We all know that shabbos is not shabbos without a good piece of herring,” the fictional website writes. “That is why we are launching Shmaltz Box, a herring subscription service that delivers new and exotic herring to your kiddush or home every Friday!”
“We want to provide you with the best herring shopping experience ever,” they write. “Our herring box is curated weekly by some of the world’s top herring critics to ensure you enjoy every shtickle fish.”
Would you fall (correction: subscribe) to that?
2. Self-Driving Bike
This spring, Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, the world’s premier cycling city. The Dutch cycle more than any other nation in the world, almost 900 kilometres per year per person, amounting to over 15 billion kilometres annually.
The self-driving bicycle enables safe navigation through the city for Amsterdam residents, and furthers Google’s ambition to improve urban mobility with technology.
Google Netherlands takes enormous pride in the fact that a Dutch team worked on this innovation that will have great impact in their home country.
3. British Rabbi Resigns
— Mill Hill Synagogue (@MHSynagogue) April 1, 2016
4. New Jersey Rabbi Runs for Office