Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Jews Are Coming

Never Again All Over Again: It's a short week, thanks to the Memorial Day holiday, which marks the unofficial start of summer, which (as we all know) doesn't officially start until June 20th. 

Memorial Day (of course) officially signifies our nation's unrepayable debt to those who gave their lives for our freedom. As President Biden recently stated:

When they died, and they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. And all we can do is remember.

Jews all over the world have recently observed Holocaust Remembrance Day - the price we paid for not having a State of Israel. With Israel, we have also recently observed its Memorial Day - the cost we pay for having a State of Israel - and rejoiced on our Israel's Independence Day.

Which leads Abq Jew to remind us all that -

HaYehudim Baim

היהודים באים  The Jews Are Coming

IMDb presents The Jews Are Coming as 

A satirical Israeli television series of sketches about the history of the Jewish people, from biblical times to present day.

Wikipedia tells us

The Jews Are Coming (Hebrew: היהודים באים, Hayehudim Ba'im) is an Israeli satirical television series. 

Each episode consists of several sketches on subjects ranging from Biblical stories, to Jewish Diaspora and Zionist history and Israeli current affairs, with occasional pop culture references ....

But Lior Zaltzman, Deputy Managing Editor of Kveller, tells the whole storyAbq Jew, on the other hand, does not - so he urges you, his faithful readers, to click here.

This Israeli Sketch Really Gets at Post-October 7 Intergenerational Trauma

The comedy show "The Jews Are Coming" revisited Jewish horrors from history to share a message about Jewish resilience.

“The Jews Are Coming,” an Israeli satire and comedy show known for its hilarious and poignant sketches about tales from Jewish history (think Mel Brooks’ “A History of the World: Part II” but with only real historical figures and exclusively Jewish), broke a nine year and six season tradition this week by airing a sketch that was not meant to illicit even one measly peal of laughter.

Instead, in its first sketch since October 7, the cast of the show and one special guest perfectly illustrated what October 7 felt like for many of us — a reactivation of centuries of Jewish intergenerational trauma.


In the harrowing clip, which has English subtitles, actors share their testimonies from traumatic events throughout Jewish history — the burning of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 BCE; the first crusade in 1096 Cologne; the pogrom of Kishinev in 1903; the Hebron massacre of 1929; Kristallnacht in 1938 Berlin; the Farhud massacre that decimated Baghdad’s Jewish community; and finally, October 7 in Kfar Aza, a community that lost over 100 people when Hamas attacked that day.

 Lior Katzman (click here) continues:

That sketch was not the only one from the new episode meant to comfort a nation and a people in the aftermath of October 7. They return to a sketch about the Golden Calf, in which Moses derides the Jewish people for building the idol. 
In this new number, Moses apologizes to the Israeli people for calling them “shitheads,” and talks about how he saw the people of Israel come together to help each other, to pick up produce from abandoned fields, and how they fought for and were there for each other. 
“You’re a great people… you’re not shitheads, but you’re a people that has to deal with lots of shit,” he says. 
He calls on the people of Israel to decide if they’re “a generation of destruction or of rebuilding,” saying future generations are looking at them (and past generations too, if only because they don’t have Netflix and nothing else to watch).

“I survived Pharaoh,” he says,
“you can survive this.”

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