Satire from the Frum Follies Archives ‘Cause It’s Adar

I started Frum Follies in 2009, intending to fight child sex abuse by mocking the community’s response with satire. Hence the blog name. But serious stuff intervened and compelled me to straight reporting and writing opinion pieces. These days, I don’t post much satire, but occasionally my puckish sense of humor just has to get out. Other times, very real problems are so obviously absurd and satire is the best way to demonstrate this. Whatever the promptings, the lead up to Purim is a good time for satire. Read, enjoy, and share this selection of my satire postings over the years.

Job Openings at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

 New Insane Kosher Certifications

Rabbi Frankfurter Creates the Save a Mamzer Foundation

Train To Become An Internet Goy™

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Passover Hagaddah Conclusion “Next Year in Jerusalem” Deemed Unhelpful by Obama Administration

April 1, 2015 | 12:05 am

obama netanyahuWASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions persist between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yesterday the White House sent a message through the State Department registering its “deep disappointment” in the refusal of the Israeli Government to tone down “hostile and aggressive language” in the Passover religious service.  

An unidentified Israeli official has confirmed that President Obama delivered a harshly worded message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which included a strong request that the upcoming Passover holiday not include the familiar refrain “Next year in Jerusalem”, citing the passage as provocative and unhelpful for future peace discussions.

haggadah Maxwell HouseThe Administration suggested replacing it with “Next year in Israel” or “Next year in peace”, indicating that while final wording would best be decided by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it might be brought before the United Nations Security Council and the administration would not veto any such resolution

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APRIL FOOLS- The above is parody/satire by guest contributor, Andrew Bloom. It first appeared in a slightly different version five years ago


It’s Adar, It Is Time For Satire

Rabbis are talking about yet another internet ban to eliminate all talkbacks which I call the Mother of All Bans. I hope they are smart enough to hold off on it till a decent amount of time has passed after Purim. Otherwise the mood of the month of Adar will lead everyone to think it is just a Purim joke. Of course, zman cheiruteinu (the season of our redemption) will also send a message that will undermine the intent of the ban. I suggest they wait till Shavuot when they can insist the ban was already accepted at Sinai.

I feel obliged to match their contribution to Adar by reminding readers of an old post, Train To Become an Internet Goy™.  Make sure you read the comments. They are funny.

The paranoia of haredi leadership resembles the Saudi investigation of the vulture spying for Israel. That episode prompted my satirical piece, Israel in Turmoil Over Vulture Spy Captured in Saudi Arabia.

Of course, if you want to really go overboard just reading satire, press the box near the top of the page labelled satire, and read it all.

Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar II!

Passover Hagaddah Conclusion “Next Year in Jerusalem” Deemed Unhelpful by Obama Administration (Satire)

Guest Post by Andrew  Bloom
March 23, 2010 By The Associated Press  Shana Habbab  (AP White House Correspondent)
(AP) — An unidentified Israeli official has confirmed that private discussions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu included a strong request from the President that the upcoming Passover holiday not include the familiar refrain of “next year in Jerusalem”, citing the passage as provocative and unhelpful for future peace talks. Continue reading

Reb Moshe Dour Assurs Satire, Especially On Purim

This week’s Yated Neeman has a psak by Reb Moshe Dour forbidding satire of all sorts, especially on Purim. Reb Dour, a gevaltig talmid chochum who studied at Brisk in Jerusalem and operates a Brisk oriented yeshiva and Kollel in Las Vegas explained his position to Yated.

The entire secular Jewish movement in Eastern Europe developed from the wrong sort of Purim shpiel, which led to the development of Yiddish theatre. This created a mentality of criticizing rabbonim, making fun of frumkeit, and tolerating women as part of life. This in turn led to Yiddish literature, Secularism, Bundism, Communism and Zionism. Like a poison it took root in America and Eretz Yisroel. To this day most of the Jews in the world are no longer frum.

Better you should be stone drunk on Purim than you should participate in satire. Continue reading