Posted by Mendel Clark
The first version of the Chanukah Song, written by Adam Sandler and first performed on Motzoei Shabbos Live, is now 17 years old. Wikipedia describes it best, with Sandler listing celebrities “as a way of sympathizing with their situation. He was worried that Jews might feel a bit jealous for not having such a huge holiday like Christmas, but would somehow feel better if they found out that celebrities are/were of the same faith. For years, I loved the song, going as far as memorizing all three versions. Every time I’d find out about a famous movie star being Jewish, I’d think “score one for the team.” Then one day, that began to change. I started to realize that as many cool Jewish celebrities exist, there are just as many that get popular for being completely horrible people.
Recently in the world of politics, we’ve got Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner. Going even further back, we’ve got influential world leaders such as Stalin, Lenin, Marx, and Trotsky. How about other Jews that have had major effects on the political world, like Yigal Amir, Monica Lewinsky, and Jack Ruby? In fact, wherever you stand politically regarding Israel, you’re guaranteed to hate Jews in the government on the other end of the spectrum.
For every “Ross and Phoebe from Friends,” there’s a Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, and Amy Winehouse A”H. In fact, Adam Sandler himself may have lost public respect after putting out the travesty he called “Jack and Jill.”
Every time you complain about how terrible Facebook is, don’t you just hate that Jew Zuckerberg? In sports, we yell about blocked trades, lockouts, and unfair rules; Selig, Stern, and Bettman, with their big noses and love for money. Speaking of money, you may have heard on the news that Bernie Madoff orchestrated one of the largest financial frauds in history. We don’t stop at just money either. The real name of American serial killer and arsonist “Son of Sam” is David Berkowitz.
It’s a few days before Christmas, and…oh wait, Jesus was Jewish, too, but we don’t usually celebrate that fact. For all you Lubavitch haters, I’ve got sources that in fact The Rebbe was actually born a Jew before he became Moshiach.
Wherever you look, there’s going to be a Jew in charge or extremely influential in some capacity. That’s what we do. But are we proud of these people for Jewish achievements, or of being successful while Jewish? In today’s society, however anti-Semitic we think the world is, it’s not really a big deal for a Jew to be famous anymore. Then, the harder we look at the Jews who “made it,” the more it hurts us when others make a Chilul Hashem. The thing is, many of these people just happen to be Jewish, and they happen to be good or bad. They don’t care about being “like you,” and they don’t consider themselves as Jewish role models when they live their lives. That said, there is one thing we have over Christians: At least if you want a religious role model , you can trust that Rabbis won’t make the news nearly as often as their leaders do.
Posted on December 27, 2011, in Goyim, Holiday Hype Machine, Holidays, Israel, Jewish, Lubavitchers, Media, People, Social Issues, Uncategorized and tagged Chanukah. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.