Parents, Children and Interfaith Relationships: Listening so they will talk. Talking so they will listen. 4 week class being taught at Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA by IFF/Philadelphia Director Rabbi Robyn Frisch. The class begins Oct. 28 & is being offered both Tuesday afternoons & Tuesday evenings.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
You forgot to add that Eli’s mother is Christian. That puts the cartoon in context. Name-calling and belitting your opponents doesn’t make for a meaningful dialogue, on either side. Both sides need to come to the table and communicate peacefully to come to a resolution. Respect is the key.
The extended metaphor works comedically as it calls to task the “holier than thou”attitude and point of view of many orthodox Jews. The egocentricity of purity of race while committing fornication “in-house” as it were holds the mirror up to nature and is satirically funny; i.e. if the shoe fits, wear it!
Comedy works on the theory that the “a”normal, caricatured, in this case the “purist” Jew is so much more a threat to his own people than is Darth Vader! The cartoon is very funny and ultimately asking for a more reasoned approach to Jewish, cross-demnominational, infighting. It represents a much more inclusive, broader approach to Judaism.