I admit it, I watch daytime TV. I have been watching General Hospital since the 5th grade. No, I am not going to tell you how long ago that was…
I have been looking for an opportunity to link my General Hospital habit to something Jewish. Finally, it happened last week! It was both good and bad.
I was tickled to see a scene in which the character of Bernie, the mob lawyer, speaks to his colleague about how Hanukkah is the celebration of light and symbolizes faith over tyranny. I even related to his discussion of how he takes comfort in Hanukkah. Even though he is separated from his family, he takes solace in knowing that everyone would be lighting the menorah that night. He encourages his non-Jewish colleague to seek out common traditions with her partner so they could truly enjoy the holidays together. This entire scene seemed to put the holiday season into perspective. You may be asking what was wrong with this scene. I don’t like stereotypes. By having the only Jewish characters on this soap opera and General Hospital’s sister soap, One Life to Live, be lawyers, I felt ABC was falling back on the Hollywood boilerplate of Jews being lawyers. Nevertheless, I was delighted on how meaningful Bernie’s menorah lighting made what usually is old hat holiday programming.
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