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Miscellaneous thoughts and ramblings
Monday, May 16, 2005
Jews on the tube
The Grey's Anatomy Jew-related episode aired last night. It was so minor I wasn't gonna bother commenting, but since I brought it up...

The bottom line is, it was silly. As discussed, a pig valve should have no halachic implications. But the rabbi was not brought in to discuss this with the girl receiving the implant - by then, they had already switched to cow valves (no word on whether kosher slaughter was involved). No, the rabi was brought in merely to chant (yes, chant) the prayer for the sick (only half was used) in the operating room!

So, someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but this is preposterous not only in Jewish practice but in medical practice as well.

I do have to give crazy mad props to casting - the Jewish girl was played by the chick who played Millie in Freaks and Geeks.

The entire (single) season of Freaks and Geeks was recently released on DVD. If you never saw this show you must add it to your DVD list immediately. The wife and I are halfway through the six-disk set. We cannot get enough. Do yourself a favor and give it a look-see.
Oh, yeah, and I remembered the show that featured a dude in a kippah - it was Ron Rifkin playing "Ben Meyer" in the Sharon Gless vehicle "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill."
I really hated the episode. The only reason I didn't keep flipping channels was because of your post. But it was written like a bad episode of Star Trek.

It reduced orthodox jews to the weird aliens of the week (TM).
The whole episode was a little flat, really. And I realize that they made her a little acerbic to give her depth (in a sense) - and I guess it is entirely possible that a teenager exploring religion could easily finish davening, whirl around, and call somebody a jackass. But then why throw out the last semblance of reality you have to depict a glowing-in-the-light rabbi singing ridiculously in the OR?

Also, I am willing to bet that 99% of people watching (or at least of those paying attention) were left scratching their heads: I thought someone was supposed to get that girl a rabbi?

This is not to denigrate the idea of female rabbis, but I suspect that the concept is so foreign - that the concept of a rabbi with anything other than a beard or at least a visible kippah is so foreign - that no one had any idea what was going on.

For those who didn't see the show: the rabbi was in full scrubs, including cap and mask, and was not introduced as a rabbi or anything - the scene started with her singing the blessing.

You might say, Need for Rabbi + Someone Singing in Hebrew = that Someone was the Rabbi, but it really wasn't that linear.

The lesson, as always? If you want to send a message, call Western Union.
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