The Shmooze

Get Your Obamulkes and yarMITTkahs for Passover

By Renee Ghert-Zand

For the sake of unity and sanity, many families ban talk of contemporary domestic politics from the Seder table. But diehard political supporters of presidential candidates have a way of getting their positions across without saying a single word. As Matthew Walters tell us, you can wear your politics on your sleeve — or your keppe.

Walters is selling what he claims to be “The Original Obalmulke Yarmulke.” And now with Passover coming up, he’s offering the “4 More Years” Obamulke 4-Pack, a “buy 3, get 1 free” deal that he is betting no Obama supporter can pass up. The made-in-the-USA ivory suede kippot printed with the Obama 2012 logo cost $9 each, with a flat shipping fee of $5. With Walters’ special Passover sale, you could cover a lot of heads without having to divert too much money from your matzo budget.

But what about all those Republican Jews out there who would not be caught dead wearing an Obamulke at Seder? They have not been forgotten — so long as they support either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. YarMITTkahs and Jewt For Newt skullcaps are available on eBay.

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Yarmulke Kerfuffle Leaves Fla. Panthers' Fans Outraged

By Josh Tapper

The latest egregious disappointment to hit the lowly Florida Panthers’ franchise has nothing to do with hockey. Panthers’ fans are (it baffles me to say) distraught and disappointed over a miscommunication surrounding a Tuesday night yarmulke giveaway, during what was billed as “the biggest Hanukkah party in South Florida.”

The original press release stated all ticket buyers for Tuesday’s game (against the Colorado Avalanche, which also celebrated the 1996 Stanly Cup championship between these two teams, but hockey, who’s talking about hockey?) would receive a black yarmulke with the Panthers’ logo stitched on top. At some point, however, the language was changed to make the prize available only to those who bought “discounted, single-game tickets for the Jewish Heritage Night,” Yahoo! Sports reported. Vanity kippot were ordered based on the number of people who bought a Jewish Heritage Night ticket, meaning season ticket holders were stiffed.

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