Monday, March 8, 2010

After the Oscars: Our All-time Favorite Jewish Moments in Film

Because last night was Oscar night, we couldn't help thinking about our favorite Jewish moments in film.  The idea was triggered by an article in Heeb magazine online called The 100 Greatest Jewish Movie Moments.  We checked it out and found that we were in agreement with many of their selections, but had a few others of our own.  So we're sharing with you Jewish Humor Central's picks for 10 of the Best Jewish Moments in Cinema.  

We decided to limit our selections to those with clips available online.  So we had to pass on two of our favorites, the "He must be Jewish" line that the old lady speaks in Superman II when the superhero rescues the little boy from Niagara Falls, and the "Sunday?  That's Simchas Torah" line spoken by Val Kilmer in Top Secret.

We love them all, so it's hard to rank them.  Here they are.

Blazing Saddles (1974)
"Shvartzes?  Loz em gein!"

The Frisco Kid (1979)
Watch for the reaction when the rabbi realizes that all bearded black hatters are not necessarily landsmen.
Witness (1985)
This scene is the flip of the Frisco Kid scene as the little Amish boy reacts when he realizes the same truth.

Airplane (1980)
Ever see a plane with a beard and a tallit?  Air Israel comes through in this one.

Spaceballs (1987)
"May the Schwartz be with you!"

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
What more can we say?  The opening number says it all.

The Lost Weekend (1947)
Don't try to hock your typewriter in New York on Yom Kippur.

For Your Consideration (Home for Purim) (2006)
We love everything about Purim, no matter how wacky things get.

When Do We Eat? (2005)
Pesach!  It's coming in only three weeks!

The Big Lebowski (1998)
How many times do I have to tell you?  "I'm a Shomer f------ Shabbos, and I don't roll on Shabbos."

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