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    Ad Uses Chassidim to Poke Fun

    A Brooklyn mohel finds a new TV commercial for the New York Lottery distasteful and offensive. What do you think? Full Story, Video

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    What is wrong?!
    Guest
    What is wrong?!

    Seriously stop jumping on the bandwagon just because it show’s ”Charedi Jews” doesnt mean it’s offensive give it a rest for once and just have a laugh.

    What?
    Guest
    What?

    Is it supposed to make any sense

    I agree!
    Guest
    I agree!

    Why would a rabbi be a ‘herpetologist’? Why would he know anything about herpes? Unless they are saying that in fact our mohels do give babies herpes ch”v, which is awful!

    Mohel's wife
    Guest
    Mohel's wife

    It is funny. Please do not look for anti-semetisim everywhere.

    Ehh...
    Guest
    Ehh...

    I have a very high tolerance for jokes… but I’m a little ruffled by this one. “Somewhat Offensive” is my rating.

    super
    Guest
    super

    funny

    Love it!
    Guest
    Love it!

    Great commercial.

    Come on...!
    Guest
    Come on...!

    Not offensive, this ad is “mildly” funny….

    We laugh at other people all the time, we laugh at “average” americans feeling offended for this that, for the this or that word.

    So now they are laughing at us a little… It’s cool.

    That's not what herpetology means
    Guest
    That's not what herpetology means

    A herpetologist is a person who studies amphibians, it has nothing to do with milah or herpes. As Jews, we have plenty to get offended over. This isn’t one of those things.

    wow for real?
    Guest
    wow for real?

    he’s not directing the herpetologist comment at the “rabbis” in any way, he’s telling jokes and the herpetologist remark happens to be the punchline. i thought that was obvious. #4 said it the best, please don’t go looking for anti-semetism everywhere. there is absolutely nothing wrong with this ad, in fact its hilarious. everyone needs to relax.

    racist
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    racist

    Ya, definitely racists. If you think not just imagine it with another race and some other negative – not even stereotype but – negative quip.

    Who are they
    Guest
    Who are they

    At least dress them up like real chassidim!!

    Stupid!
    Guest
    Stupid!

    Is this supposed to be funny?

    funny not funny
    Guest
    funny not funny

    I look at it different, I see it as mainstreaming, Chassidic Jews. I like the fact that we won’t be looked at strange or funny to the “outside” world. It could have been a better joke, but they are not looking at it the way we would. their sense of humer is a little more raunchy than ours is. this politically correctness is really out of hand. wether it was funny or not, not everything is “offensive” or meant to be so.

    I don't get it
    Guest
    I don't get it

    It was said so fast I didn’t get it anyway. It’s what, a couple of seconds long? More to the point, is the deli KOSHER???

    It’s really stupid, but I see why people are upset. Just because of the perceptions over the Bris controversy, it should be withdrawn.

    G-d save the children
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    G-d save the children

    Yeh well they have a point why do mohels do these things?!

    haaa
    Guest
    haaa

    gross yuck but unfortunately funny

    ps
    Guest
    ps

    they look more amish gone wrong than chassidish

    lol
    Guest
    lol

    chassidishers with Lubavitch hats!

    Bloomberg Will Have To Answer
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    Bloomberg Will Have To Answer

    As Ed Koch now knows, one day the mayor will have to a answer for his actions.

    LOL
    Guest
    LOL

    I liked it.

    heber grow up
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    heber grow up

    Its very funny clip the subject of oral suction is very funny. vidal… this looks like a jimmy kimmel shlita clip

    Grow up...
    Guest
    Grow up...

    grow up its just a add….

    #10 is right
    Guest
    #10 is right

    The joke is that the rabbis thought that ‘herpetologist ‘ has something to do with herpes – it’s a shtech on their lack of education.

    they look
    Guest
    they look

    amish anyway

    love jokes
    Guest
    love jokes

    I agree. They could have said something else. Poor usage of jokes!

    thanks
    Guest
    thanks

    if not for the mohel guys making noise we would never know about

    lottery not a jewish concept
    Guest
    lottery not a jewish concept

    In holiness nothing comes without effort. So don’t waste your money on lottery. Lo yagati umotzosi AL taamin!

    it's not talking about bris
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    it's not talking about bris

    simply because the average new yorker/american knows nothing of this bris/herpes “controversy” at all, trust me. a commercial is intended to reach a very wide audience and a joke wouldn’t be put in that only .01 of the population understands. herpetologist just happens to be the punchline to joke he happened to tell these “rabbis”. this is in no way offensive. don’t go out of your way looking for ways to be offended.

    wow this is misleading.
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    wow this is misleading.

    “But what might be even more IRONIC is that the ad agency has mistakenly used the term ‘herpetologist’ which is the occupation of a zoologist that specializes in reptiles, amphibians, crocodiles and turtles, with no connection to the herpes disease.”

    it’s not irony that he used the wrong word, because it ISN’T the wrong word. herpetologist happens to be a punchline to a joke, this is in absolutely no way connected to a bris. it amazes me how people can’t see that, or choose not to.

    to#28
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    to#28

    Tell that to some of the people who buy scratch -offs on Kingston ave.

    #8
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    #8

    Agree with u full on!!

    not saying my opinion...
    Guest
    not saying my opinion...

    by reading all these comments, wtvr i say will be told that im wrong. So whats the point of writing any thing?
    in other words:
    if u dont agree with some one u dont have 2 make them sound as if their the worst person in the world

    Never heard of PUN?
    Guest
    Never heard of PUN?

    herpetologist was an obvious PUN on herpes. It is not a “mistake.” In fact the joke is on you for so straight-facedly pointing out the ad’s “error.” it’s like pointing out the knock-knock joke is in error because ketchup doesn’t REALLY mean catch up at the corner.

    Yiddish - and very insulting
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    Yiddish - and very insulting

    It is a very insulting double entendre. One of the animals a herpetologist studies is a snake. What is snake in Yiddish, and what else does it mean? Hint – yes, this does have to do with bris milah, and whoever thought up this double play on words is very clever – and very anti-frum (I assume it is a Jew who came up with this as it would take one to know what I am talking about).

    Oh come on
    Guest
    Oh come on

    don’t be so sensitive already

    To 29
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    To 29

    The commercial is not meant for the average american, its for the New York Area, since it is for the NY Powerball Lottery. The bris issue is pretty much known in New York, since it is one of Mayor Bloomberg’s campaigns.

    thats so random...... wat is their point???
    Guest
    thats so random...... wat is their point???
    #20
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    #20

    “As Ed Koch now knows, one day the mayor will have to a answer for his actions.”

    What “actions” – asking people to sign a consent form? Oh, the horror!

    “This is no laughing matter and it’s even frightening that the government is trying to regulate religious practice,”

    The government isn’t trying to regulate religious practice. It has an obligation to protect public health and the welfare of children. Get over yourselves.

    to#39
    Guest
    to#39

    right on.

    To 29
    Guest
    To 29

    The NY lottery has costumers as far as Alaska. Don’t tell me it not a national ad

    Take notice
    Guest
    Take notice

    What bothers me most about the offensive joke in the ad is that they only chose the Jewish religion to pick on. That’s not good. If they had made fun of other religious practices from a different religion, it would be a much different scenario. It’s still just a joke, but jokes can lead to bad places.

    #39
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    #39

    And parents signing a consent form does NOTHING to protect the health or welfare of children.

    #35
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    #35

    Thanks for bringing that inner joke to a wider audience than yourself.

    to 44 from 35
    Guest
    to 44 from 35

    Wake up – it is so obvious – as is the hate behind this video.

    to 42: If they had picked Islam, they would be facing death threats!

    love it
    Guest
    love it

    nice commercial not discriminatory at all

    Without a doubt anti-semitic
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    Without a doubt anti-semitic

    Herpetologist refers to one who studies amphibians and exposes how offensive this ad actually is in that it promotes anti-semitic conspiracy theories that Jews are actually “demonic reptilian lizards who rule the world”, suggesting that therefore their Rabbis or Chassidim are experts on amphibians.

    What is most shocking is that this is a government sponsored ad.

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