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The Electric Mayhem dressed to cover a bar mitzvah.

Papa Bear shows off his dreidel spinning skills.

Family photo of Walter and Gary wearing yarmulkes.

Zoot lights a Menorah in Letters to Santa.

Judaism is one of the three major monotheistic religions, along with Christianity and Islam, and the original organized religion of the Jewish people (as with Christianity, there are different if less numerous branches and movements). The sacred text the Torah was largely used to form the Old Testament of The Bible. The spiritual leader is the rabbi, which traditionally combined aspects of the priest with those of teacher and scholar. Holy days and events associated with Judaism include Hanukkah, seder (the Passover feast), and the bar mitzvah (coming of age for male children). The traditional male head covering is called a kippah in Hebrew but a yarmulke in Yiddish.

Judaism has figured in the Muppet world largely through the co-productions Rechov Sumsum and Shalom Sesame (Judah Maccabee has been depicted several times), but also in other ways.


  • Several episodes of both versions of Shalom Sesame focus on holidays and traditions associated with Judaism, including Hanukkah, Purim, and more. Inserts from the second Shalom Sesame also focus more explicitly on the religious history and background.
  • In a pair of scenes from A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, it is hinted that Zoot is Jewish. Zoot wishes Kermit a happy Hanukkah when he and the rest of the Electric Mayhem arrive at the Christmas party, and in another scene in the extended DVD version, Zoot lights a Menorah.
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