Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Why Moses Hit the Rock" - A Comedy Midrash From Jewbellish


Last month we posted the first funny bit from the new parody website Jewbellish, co-founded by Chabad Chasidic comic Mendy Pellin. Today we're sharing another shtick that offers a more modern version of why Moses hit the rock in the wilderness that brought forth water. Let's consider it as a new midrash (story or interpretation).

In Parashat Chukat in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) we are told:
After traveling for forty years in the wilderness, the people of Israel arrived in Kadesh in the Zin Desert, on the border of the Holy Land. Upon arrival, the people discovered that there was no water in Kadesh, and they complained to Moses. “If only we had died,” they vented, “when our brethren died before G‑d! Why have you brought the congregation of G‑d to this desert, to die there, we and our cattle? Why have you taken us out of Egypt—to bring us to this evil place?”
In this video Jewbellish offers a more down to earth (and funnier) version of the complaints aired by the Jews wandering through the desert. 

If you want to know the meaning of the word Jewbellish, as we did, we found an approximate definition on the web site. As explained by founders Pellin and Jeff Rudes, it's a word that was omitted from the dictionary by Rebbetzin Miriam Webster. It's a word that's defined by its use -- the more you use it, the more you'll feel the meaning -- it's a close relative of the word kvetch.

Enjoy!

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