Sporting a blue t-shirt emblazoned with a Star of David, Jessie Kahnweiler walks across a bridge with a guy who’s also dressed as a Super Jew. They’ve been flitting about LA bestowing fortune on average citizens—culminating in a goofy scene in which their light sabers magically spark some guy’s cigarette.
Welcome to Dude, Where’s My Chutzpah, Kahnweiler’s comedic web series about her quest to discover Judaism. The premise is simple: Jessie’s bubbie died and left her money, under one condition: that she must “live Jewish” for one year. But Jessie doesn’t know what this means, and she flounders, trying everything from buying hummus to hawking kosher pickles to waxing her mustache.
It’s not until Super Jew teaches Jessie about tikkun olam that Judaism starts making sense to her. But when Jessie turns to share her enthusiasm and finds him missing, she starts to wonder if Super Jew was never there in the first place. Perhaps she had her own connection to the faith all along.
Is Jessie going to find an authentic Jewish identity on the way to scoring her inheritance? We’ll probably have to wait till the end of the season to find out.
June 20, 2013