Jon Stewart has a bone to pick with his Jewish mishpucha. As the parent of children being raised bi-religiously, the television host seems to be having some trouble getting his kids excited about the Hebrew holidays, a problem causing the comedian plenty of sleepless nights.
As Jon pointed out, “We’ve already lost the Christmas v. Hanukkah kerfuffle,” making the battle between Passover and Easter more important than ever.
In an effort to raise awareness about the issue, the TV personality stepped up as Jewish advocate for the Exodus. Stewart rolled out a holiday Faith/Off for viewers this week, in which Pesach didn’t stand a chance.
Just look at the odds the funnyman presented: They’ve got jelly beans, we’ve got horseradish still in root form; they’ve got treats left by a magical bunny, we’ve got a bone from a dead baby lamb; they’ve got eggs filled with chocolate, we’ve got eggs filled with egg. Doesn’t sound too promising, to be sure.
Stewart did have some solutions mixed in with all his kvetching, though. Ideas like the Red Sea flume ride would certainly grab the kiddies’ attention. The host’s best proposal however may be Passover Pete, a guitar-playing, pizza-eating lion sent to upstage the sinister Easter Bunny. Jon conceded that the pizza part goes against the dietary laws for Pesach, but urged parents to let children suspend their disbelief.
“Technically lions don’t play guitar,” he explained, “and, quite frankly, bunnies don’t deliver candy.”
Watch the clip below for more ideas on how to lure children over to the Jew side.
J-Connection: Jon Stewart is Jewish, though he clearly has some issues with how we celebrate our holidays.