8 Proud Comedians Showing their IsraelLove
By Elana Yael Heideman
We don’t want to rank them, because they’re all SO filled with IsraelLove!
But here we go…. 8 + 1 Shamash of Comedic Virtual Citizens of Israel who laugh it up with Israel in their hearts and in their minds.
8. MEL BROOKS
Mel Brooks is not just a comedian — he is comedy. Some have even claimed his comedy is a form of “cinematic Zionism” in and of itself.
Mel is the quintessential Member of the Nation of Israel. “Being Jewish means a lot to me. I love my tribe. I’m lucky to have been born a Jew. I am not religious but I just love my people — their strength, their guts, their determination to survive. And I also love their sweetness, and their humor, and their talent. They’ve given me a lot of that. I can’t think of a tribe that is more profound and funny than the Jews. Just look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable.”
From the man who countered the Spanish Inquisition with song and put the first Jews in Space , making the Israeli Air Force proud, to the man who once played Moses, Brooks believes there may be some deep — very deep — like, genetic message in our Jewish bones: “Tell the world, especially the Jews, to keep smiling, keep laughing, it’s gonna be all right, it’s gonna be all right,’ you know? It could be a deep message from one generation of Jews to another to keep it going. It may be some kind of survival mechanism that is deep within us to help us survive all the tragedies that the tribe has endured these 5,000 years.”
7. JERRY SEINFELD
Seinfeld volunteered on a kibbutz as a teenager and last visited Israel in 2007. He will finally be taking the stage for the first time in Israel along with Mark Schiff who “expects Israel to be all that and more.”
Schiff explains that, “for me, performing in Israel is different from performing anywhere else in the world. The people in Israel are more than just an audience. They are my brothers and sisters. They are modern-day heroes. Andnow more than ever is a perfect time for Jerry and I or anyone else to go and show support for the people who live there. I love Israel and I love the Jewish people. In stand-up comedy, Jews have always reigned supreme. They set the standard for the art form, and have raised the bar pretty darn high.
“A question that comes up a lot is, “What keeps the Jewish people going? How have they survived when, in every generation, someone or some group is trying to wipe them out?” One answer might be laughter. Jews love to laugh. Jews like to tell funny stories. Jews don’t mind jokes at their own expense. In a rabbi, a priest and a minister joke, the rabbi is almost always the fall guy. And no one laughs harder than the rabbis.”
6. MAYIM BIALIK
With family who made Aliyah after the Yom Kippur war, Mayim Bialik loves to call Israel her second home. Sharing her list of 7 Awesome Things About Israel, she encouraged fellow Jews to make a personal connection to Israel and shared her own list of favorite things:
7. The Culture: Mayim loves her falafel and all the delicious restaurants across the country! But more than anything, she said she loves the “thriving, vibrant culture”, a center for innovation around the world.
6. The Beauty: The mountains, the ocean, the sheer loveliness of the country – and the ease with which you can enjoy it for yourself in all sorts of outdoor activities.
5. The Politics: Democracy – a novel concept in the Middle East. It may not be perfect, but it’s getting closer.
4. The Place to Call Home: For Mayim, Israel is her Spiritual home, her historic home, her mystical homeland.
3. A New Identity for the Jewish People: It is a place we can transform from the “wimpy” Jewish stereotype which we were pegged with during the Holocaust and enter into the personality of the Israeli – strong, bold, and able to stand our own ground.
2. The Rhythm of the Jews: Mayim loves that Israel is a country where whether you’re religious or secular, the entire calendar revolves around Jewish holidays and the Jewish rhythms of the year – we are organic in our land!
1. Ownership: Israel is the site of the ingathering of the Jewish people. A shelter from the storm and a land to make whatever we want it to be. It is our home. “I love the state of Israel, I love what it stands for, I love what it can be.”
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