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Shabbos Goyim Go On Work Stoppage Work Stoppage

Shabbos Goyim Go On Work Stoppage Work Stoppage

Disaffected custodians are threatening to unionize and take to the streets.

by Martin Bodek and Mordechai Ovits


TEANECK, NEW JERSEY - [] For years, the gentile population living within the Jewish community in Teaneck has provided the usual shabbos goy service with satisfaction and a smile, but recently there have been grumblings among the ranks. Manuel Rodriguez, a disaffected shabbos goy for the residents near Cedar Lane, is attempting to rally the workers to unionize. His list of demands include the following:

1) Better remuneration - "We're tired of those herring and sugarless cracker bowtie thingies," said Rodriguez, "If we're providing a service, we want something better, like I dunno, a taco or something. And definitely no cholent. That stuff is gross, man." Rodriguez professed a liking for sushi, and was dismayed to find out that herring is raw too. "Then why it taste so bad?" he asked. This Knish reporter's brief explanation of Satmar herring-serving hygiene left Manuel aghast. "I'm adding forks to my list of demands!" he cried.

2) Better titles - "We don't like being referred to as 'shabbos goy.' It's demeaning," continued Rodriguez, "we would like to be known as 'rest-maintenance engineers'." Unfortunately, a title check with the Trademark office shows that honorific to be already taken by 1-800-MATTRESS installers.

"We don't like being referred to as 'shabbos goy.' It's demeaning. We would like to be known as 'rest-maintenance engineers.'"

3) More respect - "I don't think the Hasidic community understands how valuable our skills are. We're like those Navajo codetalkers," Rodriguez said. "Seriously, how many people know that 'it's hot, real hot' means 'we need the AC on in here'? And how many people know that, 'we can't read from our siddurim' means 'can you turn on the lights for us?'" It is well documented that shabbos goys -- excuse me, rest-maintenance engineers -- in other communities haven't attained our codebreaking level." Manuel related an incident that took place in Denver where a Jew said, "It's mamesh shmaltzing inside." to a Gentile passerby and the Gentile walked in and patiently waited to be served shmaltz while the sweating Jews looked upon him in total befuddlement.

Manuel was hoping to organize a march for next Sunday, but it seems that all the workers are off on Sunday and can't make it.

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December 23, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) reut, December 28, 2006 6:42 PM


What is insulting about the title "Shabbos goy"? I have not met one person who has a problem with it. It's really an explanantion of the person's task: To do on Shabbos what only a non Jew - a goy- can do.

(6) Ruth Halligan, December 28, 2006 11:02 AM

The world is a serious place

but not every place has be to be sooooo serious. It was funny. My mother was a shabbos goy when she was a little girl (long ago in Salem, MA - an unlikely spot!) We understood what it meant and certainly didn't think it was undignified. Just, I guess, different.

(5) devorah, December 27, 2006 10:47 AM

ummm this is supposed to be humor

people, please chill! did you not notice that this article is in the HUMOR section? seriously, I don't understand what the three previous writers are so upset about.

(4) Anonymous, December 27, 2006 10:18 AM


I find more and more of your articles to be attacking and maligning to certain jewish factions. This is not considered humor in my book.

(3) Anonymous, December 26, 2006 6:06 PM

Below the standard expected on this site

Perhaps racism is ok, as long as its not directed to us. Hatred wihtout a cause disguised as humor is an old tactic used to direct offenses without retaliation and should there be - to defend positions that are indefensable. It is hurtful and intimidating if left uncountered. As anonymous indicates correctly, it is an ethnic slur and you are a bit behind. Where were you?

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