The Jewish Hunger Games

This post first appeared as “Sacred cow served on a schtick” in The Times of Israel.

Scene from 'Jewish Hunger Games: Kvetching Fire' (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

Scene from ‘Jewish Hunger Games: Kvetching Fire’ (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

It was only a matter of time before someone made the connection between the title of the blockbuster science fiction book and film series and the Jewish Day of Atonement.

This year, in preparation for the Yom Kippur fast, hundreds of thousands watched a parody movie trailer titled, “The Jewish Hunger Games.”What better way to psyche yourself up for not eating or drinking for a whole day than to watch Katniss Everstein and Peeta Hummus getting ready to do whatever it takes to make it through to Ne’ila?

The spoof’s directorAndrew Zenn, along with its writers Jon Rudnitsky and Jack Michelman, stayed true to the original film trailer, only putting a Jewish twist on everything. Even supporting characters went through a conversion, with drunken mentor Haymitch Abernathy becoming Chayimitch Abernathy and Katniss’ younger sister Primrose now named PurimRose. Gale Hawthorne is now Goyim Gale and can’t understand Katniss’ fasting agony.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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