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So this minister gets a haircut, and when it’s done and he’s about to pay the barber, the barber says “You’re a minister, right?  Then the haircut’s free, I never charge a man of God.”  The minister says “are you serious?” the barber says “yeah,” the minister leaves, and the next day, the barber gets a dozen bottles of wine sent from him.  The same day, a priest walks in, gets a haircut, when it’s done and he’s about to pay, the barber says “You’re a priest, right?  Then the haircut’s free, I never charge a man of God.”  The priest says “are you serious,” the barber says “yeah,” the priest leaves, and the next day, the barber gets a dozen bottles of wine sent from him.  The same day, a rabbi walks in, gets a haircut, when it’s and he’s about to pay, the barber says “You’re a rabbi, right, then the haircut’s free, I never charge a man of God. ”  The rabbi says “are you serious?’  the barber says “yeah,” the rabbi leaves, and the next day, a dozen rabbis walk in.

 

Jewdar was reminded of this earlier this week when we got a missive in through Heeb’s e-transom.  As some of you may recall, a few weeks back, we posted a piece urging Heeb readers to pony up the shekels for our friend Ian’s Kutsher’s documentary.  Well, naturally, this was like putting out a “Welcome” sign for shnorrers everywhere, and now we’re being hit up to raise funds for another doc, this one on Mickey Katz.  While Jewdar may sound bitter, the fact is, it’s a project worth getting behind.  Katz, for those who don’t know, was a humorist and musician who was a giant of American Jewish culture.  Not only that, but he was the patriarch of an American Pop-esque Jewish showbiz family; his son, Joel Grey, won a Tony and an Oscar for Cabaret (we won’t mention his unfortunate role as an Asian man in Remo Williams:  The Adventure Begins), while his granddaughter, Jennifer Grey, is known for being Jennifer Grey (we jest, of course–she’s known for being in Dirty Dancing and then, to borrow from Dorothy Parker, cutting off her nose to spite her race).

At any rate, Katz was a cultural icon, and if you give these cats some money to help make their movie, your grandparents will be so proud, and really what would you be spending that money on anyway, dinner theater and nose jobs?

What do you think?

About The Author

jewdar

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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