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What would your childhood friends say about how you turned out?

by Jewlarious.com Staff

Published: December 22, 2007


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Visitor Comments: 17

(17) Patti Jenkins, January 6, 2008 6:33 PM

When I was a child Ithought like achild

My dad rest in the bosom of abraham. surely he would not believe what I see every day here in Fresno Ca. If I didn,t have a grip on the TRUTH and all my thoughts were muddled in not black and white ,good and evil but the gray line ha satan has placed over this world Ithink I would go stark raving mad . Well since I read HIS book I know where to look when I need an answer to the questions I have about why brothers can,t live in unity and why are G_ds creatures so cruel to one another I myself have felt it and I know my fathers in control.So I take his hand and journey until he picks me up from this world when I finally get off my face on the ground or whatever maybe Iwill ask him how about you? pray for vthe peace of jerusaliem and Fresno too if you have the time .thanks and shalom

(16) Mrs. D., December 26, 2007 11:54 AM

My impressions...

While I tend to agree with J LaLone, I also want to offer the following:
Although I am sure that the scene depicts experiences reminiscent of W. Allen's past, the characters and lines have at the same time been deliberately miscast in a Dali-like warp of reality. Allen is an intellectual. I think he's coming from (at least AT A CONSCIOUS LEVEL)a totally EXISTENTIAL point of view, wherein there are all these kids, with their various personalities, and they grow up to be, very randomly (a la Kafka, also a Jew), whatever they grow up to be- meaning that whatever they are like as kids isn't much of a predictor. For the most part. On the other hand W.A. really has this ignorant and narrow understanding of his Judaism (I hesitate to endorse the self-hatred appraisal, though it could be I just don't know about it). THus he can't resist making sure that the ugly, old-fashioned nebbish becomes the Tallis salesman.
What seems to be overlooked in this clip is that there will abe a whole bunch of years and dozens of influences on each of these kids that will play parts in their becoming who they become as adults. THe least of these, in this case seem to be the teachers. The parents and other personalities will certainly be their ongoing role models, which is all left out. In the healthier environments many of our kids have been blessed with teachers(and especially Jewish studies teachers - Morot, Rebbeim)are definitely major influences.But it is a crazy world out there. What's sad is that Allen is some kind of an icon and role model for a great number of ignorant and impressionable folks out there. He may not influence what they "become when they grow up" - but he tells them what's funny, and that there are a lot of Jews out there who are fair game for mockery.
He's not alone, though, and that is why he can make a fortune at this.
My husband got a call from his former senior class president a couple of decades after public H.S. graduation, asking for an update on what he grew up to be, essentially, and his family stats, in order to work on a reunion. Well,after the fellow found out that my husband was currently an orthodox Rabbi with a family of 8, he gave a couple of oohs and ahs and an overly cheerful "Thank you very much!!!" as response, and we never did get that invitation to the reunion.
Honestly, who cares what we once thought our friends were going to be. THE main thing is that as adults we treat our children and students with utmost respect, and with the attitude that they are and can be very great, and believe me it will make that impression.

(15) Anonymous, December 25, 2007 6:56 PM

Would it have been better to re-think the ending?

I DO think that the reference here to addiction recovery is a very valid point though i think that positing this at the end of the segment lends too much temptation into the minds of our children, who are all too often taught these self-depracting thoughts and then find themselves repeating these behaviors. May God Find them and save them!!

(14) Anonymous, December 25, 2007 6:37 PM

perplexed

If you think there's something "nasty" about this clip, you really should get out more. You're entitled to say it's not funny. But nasty and disrespectful? Jews, if anybody, should know better than anyone not to be so thin-skinned. Choose your battles wisely. This isn't one of them. Long live Wood-yee.

"You're what Grammy Hall would call a real Jew."

(13) mrb, December 25, 2007 5:02 PM

Have a sense of humor....

I'm glad that I turned out with a sense of humor.God made funny people and funny situations. The ability to laugh at ourselves is healthy.

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