The last couple of years has seen an explosion of Jews expressing themselves through various forms of media and culture, some choose print in the case of Heeb, others music and the numerous new wave Jewish bands as well as solo artists but cartoons, you've got to be kidding?
Well, actually it's no joke that some of the best Jewish jokes are being done in cartoon form and leading the pack is Ben Baruch and his various projects.
First up from this talented New Yorker is Shabot 6000, a online comic strip that features the antics of a Rabbi and his robot which he bought to act as a shabbos goy. Eventually the robot comes to the conclusion that he is indeed Jewish and should not be doing anything to break the Sabbath rules which causes all sorts of issues and problems.
Shabot 6000 confronts head-on various issues from keeping kosher through to giving money to charity.
About a year ago, Ben took Shabot 6000 to a new level, that of flash animated cartoons. His first one featured Shabot and the Rabbi during the Christmas season and ordering Chinese food, while for Passover, he invited rapper 50cent to his sedar. During the sedar, Shabot was invited to explain the significance of the service but 50cent replied he was Jewish and the cartoon then goes on to explain the 10 plagues in rap form.
Ben's most recent animated cartoon was for entrepreneur and life coach Gordon Weinberger and his Infinite Persistence brand. Gordon in cartoon form holds a shofar and a fox with a yarmulke asks him what the shofar is for. Gordon explains it is for the Jewish New Year through a parody remake of the Tears For Fears song Head Over Heels called Head of the Year.
Keep you eyes open for other Ben Baruch projects as based on his track record, hell no doubt cover other Jewish festivals in a similar fashion and has shown how you can express your Judaism through cartoons without being too childish or cliched.
Oh, and if you want him to create your own personal animated greeting, say for a wedding or barmitzvah, Ben will gladly quote you on that, just ask him!
For more information, visit: www.shabot6000.com