Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jewish Temple Run - A Parody Video for the High Holy Days


It looks like we're going to be seeing a lot more of Hasidic comedian Mendy Pellin. We've posted some of his videos over the last four years, notably the Rosh Hashanah video when the apples that he dipped in honey were iPhones and iPads.

Mendy has co-founded a new venture -- a website called Jewbellish, which runs funny Jewish videos, some of which we'll be sharing as they are released. 

Today we're sharing the Jewbellish version of Temple Run, one of the most popular video apps for smartphones and tablets.

As Allison Kaplan Sommer wrote in her review in Haaretz,
Anyone familiar with the popular game application Temple Run will love watching the real-life re-creation, showing a guy running around Los Angeles (the video is a play on words as many Reform Jews use the phrases ‘attending synagogue’ and ‘going to Temple’ interchangeably.) The background noises are the sound effects of the game, as our hero drops coins in charity boxes and kisses mezuzahs as he runs.
It’s unclear whether he’s running to synagogue or away from it – but the message is clearly – get thee to a house of prayer on the holiday. The chase ends with a splash at the Santa Monica Pier, and a soulful version of “I Got the ‘What Page are we on in the Prayer Book Blues?”
If you happen to be among the few who don't have the original Temple Run on your phone or tablet, and who don't have children or grandchildren who spend countless hours running from monkeys and collecting coins in the video game, we include a short demo below the Jewbellish version.

Enjoy!

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)