Monday, October 25, 2010

Grover or Telly: Who's More Jewish?

Here's my latest blog post for Community Next's "Rabbi J in the D"

When asked who is the biggest Jewish celebrity on Sesame Street, most people immediately respond "Mr. Hooper." And that’s not a bad answer since both Mr. Hooper and his alter-ego Will Lee were Jewish.

However, there are two Muppets who are competing over the award for the biggest Yid. And if you guessed Elmo, you’re wrong. Elmo is not a Jewish name and based on the hours of research I did (you can ask Count exactly how many) it would appear that Elmo is actually a Presbyterian.

I’ve managed to narrow the field down to Grover and Telly. In the video clips below you can watch Grover discuss the need for a day of rest. The Shomer Shabbos furry blue Muppet seems to really find inner peace and spirituality on Shabbat.

The second video shows Telly teaching the viewing audience to play Dreidel. He’s either a true Hanukkah-lover or he has a serious gambling problem.

So, you be the judge. Is it Shabbos Grover or Dreidel Telly? (Leave your vote in the "comments" section.)



12 comments:

Amy said...

I always thought Telly for sure.

Marc Cohen said...

Big Bird walks on the sabbath and he does not eat pork. Telly for sure does not keep Kosher and Grover could be a Jew??

Aaron Schwartz said...

Fozzie Bear was an old Vaudevillian...

Kevin Elbinger said...

Has to be Miss Piggy. U really think she would eat pork?

Jeff Katz said...

I was thinking the Swedish chef. He makes a mean chicken soup . " here chicky, chicky, chicky"

Marc Cohen said...

@Kevin I don't think Frogs are Kosher and........

Joel Ross said...

Muppett... Zoe. Human... Mr. Hooper.

Rabbi Dan Wigodsky said...

Moishe Oofnik

Marc Cohen said...

OK, OK, it has to be Rabbi Snuffalapagus, You can easily see that he has paiyes

David Graham said...

Gonzo got the nose

Daniel Weberman said...

miss piggy not kosher but looks like a distant cousin of mine

Dina Berdy said...

Of course gonzo. neurotic, vaudvillian, chicken-loving. Is there any question? He's like the Woody Allen of Muppet!