Crappy Hanukkah

Of course, Jewdar loves us some Hanukkah but we’ll admit that when it comes to holiday-themed pop culture, the Oyimgay win, hands down. Sure, they have the occasional Kwanzaa-episode of A Different World, and a whole lot of crappy Christmas specials (“Wait a minute, if you just showed up in the Santa suit, then who was that who just gave Timmy his presents?”…cue sound of sleigh bells, protagonists look up at sky…), but a few classics like It’s a Wonderful Life go a long way.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, while The Chanukah Song is super-awesome, we are so desperate for validation that we’ll be grateful for dreck like Eight Crazy Nights. So when Jewdar found out that JibJab had a new line of fancy-schmancy Hanukkah e-cards, we admit that our hearts fluttered. Not only are they Hanukkah-themed, but you can give them pictures of you and your friends/family and have them personalize the cards with your shayne punims. It all sounds fabulous very futuristic, but there’s just one hitch — the cards.

Now, Jewdar is not one to be ungracious, but 8 years after Heeb transformed Jewish culture forever (or at the very least, suggested some other possibilities of what it could be), do we really need to send Hanukkah cards with dancing hasidim, jokes about nagging bubbes, and JAPs talking about their nose jobs? Oh, and just when you think it couldn’t get any less creative or unsubtle, the JAP on display is surrounded by shopping bags with dollars signs on them (see above). Because, you know, JAPS LOVE MONEY.

Now, Heeb doesn’t want to be a Grinch, so we’ll give JibJab credit for trying, and we encourage them to give it another shot next year. We would suggest though, that for Hanukkah they treat themselves to some back issues of America’s most beloved antisemitically-entitled periodical. Meanwhile, in the Jewdar home, it’ll be another December spent lighting the menorah, eating latkes, and watching A Christmas Story.

What do you think?

About The Author


The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

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