Tuesday, November 6, 2018

"The Jews Are Coming" - Controversial Israeli Sketch Comedy Series - Abraham and Seinfeld


In 2014 Israeli satire on TV took a bold step forward with the airing of a new series of sketches called HaYehudim Ba'im (The Jews Are Coming). Written by Natalie Marcus and Asaf Beiser, the show asks questions about everything, from the Bible to Ben Gurion to the Ashkenazi leadership. 

Their approach is to  go into the texts and make you think. They say that they give all their subjects a critical look, but they're not attacking, just giving the story a fresh, modern look.

The series ran for three seasons on Israeli TV, all in Hebrew. Some of the half-hour episodes were divided into video clips and published on YouTube with English subtitles. We found a few new ones and we'll continue to share them with you. Today we're posting a parody that imagines a conversation between Abraham and a character based on the Seinfeld TV show.

In the clip (in Hebrew with English subtitles) Abraham tells an idol worshipper that he has an idea about starting a new religion about nothing, a nod to the oft-quoted comment by Jerry Seinfeld that his show is a show about nothing. 

The idol worshipper venerates the goddess Ashtoret (also known as Astarte and Ishtar) but is open to following Abraham in his new religion until he hears that joining the religion requires him to "cut the tip of the thingy" and decides that he'll stay with Ashtoret. 

This video clip, like all the others in the series, may offend some readers who are not open to satirical interpretations of the scriptures and satirical views of Jewish life through the ages, but we believe that there's a place for humor everywhere and we hope you'll find the satire amusing.

Enjoy!

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