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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

When In Doubt...Ask a Jew!

So the other night, I watched TLC's new reality show "Shalom in the Home". The plotline goes something like this...Family is in shambles. Kids hate parents. Parents hate kids. Dog caught in the middle. Enter the very well known Rabbi Shumuley Boteach. Because of his vast knowledge of human behavior (and the fact that he himself has what, 8 kids?), the good Rabbi comes to these families' rescue and saves them from becoming even more dysfunctional.

Ok...great...he's a problem solver who happens to be Jewish. Chabad-Lubuvitch Jewish. Fantastic.

Don't get me wrong. I am all for what he preaches. The show, to my surprise, is not all that bad. It's an A-Typical "Get Your Life Together" reality TV show. Just like "What Not To Wear" except minus the fabulous fashion.

But putting the "life lessons" aside, is Rabbi Boteach's appearance on this show good for the view of Jews in America? No, he is not representing all of us, not in the least. But can some of his actions on the show be hurtful to how mainstream America i.e. Midlle America i.e. non-Jews see our community. Though he isn't the first Jew to be on reality television (there have countless Jews on The Real World, Road Rules Survivor, The Apprentice etc), he is one of the first and few who is VISIBLE Jewish. He wears a kippah. He has a long beard. He has a slightly stereotypical Yiddish accent. And he's going to places where there aren't a whole lot of Jews.

Like the popularity of Matisyahu, I'm still not sure about how I feel about this issue of "visible" Jews becoming commodities for mainstream America. It's almost like they are trying to bring a watered down version of the traditional values we have in Judaism to a non-Jewish audience.

If you have any thoughts about this, please...leave a comment. Also if you have any thoughts on the fact that Lee, the not so visible Orthodox Jew on The Apprentice, lost in the final round, feel free to leave that too.


  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger El Keter ben Tzadik said…

    Umm, what's up with the cigar? Seeing as how tobacco is a substance offered up by various "pagans" to foreign gods in their religious ceremonies wouldn't burning it be considered "offering a strange fire before the LORD?"

  • At 7:59 PM, Anonymous emeyesi said…

    That show is wack. I was done with it by the first commercial.


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