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13 Jewish Lessons from Popular TV Shows

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08/23/2013

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Who needs Hebrew school when you have cable?

 

1. There’s Yiddish 101 on The Nanny…

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-Where is Miss Fine anyway?
-Oh, she's upstairs getting "farpitzed".
-What does that mean?
-You know, dressed.
-I thought that was "farblandzhet".
-No sir, that means 'confused'.
-No man, that's "farcached".
-Then what's "vershimmelt"?
-...I think that's her uncle.

A classic show that also offered lessons in Jewish cuisine…

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And even Jewish dating.

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2. Glee has a few good lessons on Jewish dating, too…

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As well as Jewish music.


3. For Jewish history, we can rely on accurate modern retellings by our Friends…

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4. And by everyone’s favorite talking babies…

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5. To master the intricacies of Jewish geography, there’s Girls

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6. And Will & Grace

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7. And Rhoda

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8. Whose parent show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, also deserves a mention for tackling anti-Semitism on 1970s network TV…

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9. And while we’re on a more serious note, Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. Cristina Yang-Rubenstein’s Judaism may seem like just a punch line…

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But she actually teaches the Seattle Grace gang about sitting shiva in a pretty moving scene:

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10. On the lighter (and maybe less sensitive) side, Raising Hope serves up an entire Judaism primer in this 2-minute musical number:

And inspires viewers to “Rock the Torah” in this one:

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11. Need a little more guidance? Sex and the City will help you talk the talk…

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And walk the walk.

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12. Weeds will help even the youngest learners understand scripture…

 


13. And if all else fails, just remember…

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