The Thin Jew Line

A little piece of string causes a big uproar. Well not that big.

Comments (22)

(13) Anonymous, June 8, 2015 7:50 PM

unneeded hatred between jews

The fact that people are making issues about an eruv doesnt make any sense. Would the make a big deal if they put up ugly street lamps? And the mocking of Orthodox jews is rude. It is racist to generalize peoples manners just because of how religous they are. Different isn't always bad.

(12) Sabra, October 6, 2011 10:59 AM


I love this commentary. It's taking the mickey out of ordinary Jews who are intolerant of their own kind - and it's about time! How can Christians be expected to support an Eruv if non-orthodox Jews don't! For God's sake - yes His sake - lighten up!!! How can so many people be so damn selfish!! I don't even live in the US so I have nothing to gain - but I am a Jew and it sickens me to see this kind of intolerance among Jews.

(11) Gila, April 6, 2011 9:47 AM

I think its horrible- advertising hatered between Jews

thats all that it is . then non jews say- if u hate'm then i can definately hate you all !!!!!!!

(10) Anonymous, April 1, 2011 1:43 AM

RE: Shelley

Shelley, remember, this is Jon Stewart. Everybody's mocked on this program- it's all one big joke. We should be lucky we got off so lightly!

(9) Jerald, March 31, 2011 6:42 PM

Ring Around A Not so Rosy Community ?

Imagination is funny --it makes the cloudy day sunny--but circumventing the kosher laws for such an imaginary cause is akin to pushing the envelope beyond what's intended & one has to be careful of who is offended ? What say you ?

Anonymous, April 6, 2011 2:27 AM

You may have misunderstood Jerald....

The Eruv has no ties to the laws of Kosher, it simply allows Jews to carry on Sabbath (inc. pushing strollers...) by making the entire area into one domain for the purposes of Sabbath (B/C Jewish Laws prohibit carrying from one domain to another on Sabbath).

Anonymous, December 16, 2011 6:58 AM


the guy's not jewish. what laws were they circumventing exactly? A non-jew is alowed to eat as many treif things as he wants - yes even on television.

(8) Anonymous, March 30, 2011 9:35 PM

The fear of coercion Orthodoxy is apparent in those secular.

Well done

Stan of Sydney, April 10, 2011 5:32 AM

prejudice among some

and what about coercive secularism, my friend?

(7) Elisheva, March 30, 2011 1:15 PM

it's satire!

C'mon guys lighten up! It's satire....the intent is to show how ridiculous it is to complain about the ERUV!

(6) Shelley, March 29, 2011 3:50 PM


you should be ashamed of yourselves for ridiculing a devoted people!! how much longer will the world joke and poke and make fun of something ........they JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND??? I think it's RUDE and and self-serving. Let the people be a people and let them have the God they want....with their Eruv. What's it to you?

Boris, April 6, 2011 2:23 AM

Re: Shelly

Did you not pickup the fact that he was making fun of the people opposing the Eruv while claiming to be open-minded? And saying the Hamptons are for everyone except the Orthodox?

Mati, April 10, 2011 7:03 AM

KIRUV Shelley!

Rather than complain about the joking, one should focus on the reality of the situation: There are in fact antisemetic Jews and Shelley should be ashamed of that instead of the projection that such exist by the goyim. If they didn't exist, this show would never have been. When I was looking for my job in a new city, only the Jewish agencies would not allow me to have Shabbat and Yomim tovim off. Every xtian one permitted it and said, "We have no problem with that." Obviously, my religion did not interfere with the job but the Jewish agencies claimed it did. They were just hateful of the observant because the observant are the "tzitzit" of their lives. (The reminder that they are not following the mitzvot.)

(5) Jake, March 29, 2011 2:05 PM

welcome religious jews in my neighborhood

I welcome religious jews to move into my neighborhood. They are family people who take care of their homes and their neighborhoods. They are an assest to any community. Yes, they keep to themselves and although there may be that % as in any group or generalization that are they are nor a violent group or a hateful group.

(4) Phil, March 29, 2011 2:25 AM

Yes, Steven, let's be honest

I'm sure you were referring to the majority of Jews there, right Steven?

(3) Anonymous, March 28, 2011 6:04 PM

true and hilarious

The piece uncovers our true nature of judging people who are different on all ways of life, and seeing a speck in another prson's eye while ignoring a log in our own. There is a lot to learn from the piece - thanks Jon Stewart

(2) Laiv, March 28, 2011 5:24 PM

who are we

"Religious Jews", what an oxymoron. What makes us Jews, the bagels, or is it the Torah? As someone who has come from a totally secular Jewish upbringing to a Torah observant life now at 50 years of age, I can say with complete understanding, we need to stop hating who we are and afraid of those who do know who we are, Jews acting like Jews.

(1) steven, March 28, 2011 3:13 PM

Who is right?

Lets be honest. I live in flatbush and the religious Jews here are loud, rude and selfish. They pat themselves on the back that they're wonderful. Boro Park is even worse. The people of the Hamptons dont want low class people there

Jason, March 28, 2011 4:33 PM

Where do I begin

A. Interesting you post this on a site dedicated to getting people more religious. B. I don't think putting up an eruv in the Hamptons will lower the price of housing to such a low number that your average Chashish Kolel family with 8 kids will be able to move in. C. You are correct that religious Jews, like all people, can be rude selfish, and avoid looking at negative aspects of their community. D. Isn't it a little bit ironic that a show hosted by a non-religious intermarried Jew showed the hypocrisy of non-religious Jews towards religious Jews?

Anonymous, March 29, 2011 3:32 PM

Pure Anti-Semitism

Has the Anti-Defamation League fought against this form of anti-semitism? If not, why not?

Anonymous, March 28, 2011 6:10 PM

we all need to learn...

Steven: I live in Sharon, MA -not in another country. The town is mostly Jewish with three Orthodox Synagogues, and we all live in peace and respect with our less religious Jewish brothers and systers, and non-jewish neighbors. Are you sure you are not prejudiced?

Stuart, April 3, 2011 5:36 AM

Look in the mirror

The People of the Book don't need anti-semites, we have people like Steven and the fellow on the show. If you don't like the Jews in Flatbush or Boro Park, move. I hear they feel the same way about Jews as you do in Iran.


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