We have an Orthodox Jewish rabbi dispensing unOrthodox theology and upholding the fiction behind the family chumash.
We have Eric, a greedy Jew who engineers the desecration of a Jewish book that results in someone’s death.
We have Barry, an Orthodox Jewish killer, all-around
louse, and frequenter of lap dancers who recants his testimony against
Eric when he learns the chumash isn’t "the one."
My father lied to me, he says. It’s all a lie.
Greed, brazen immorality, hypocrisy, lies.
According to Law & Order, that’s Orthodox Judaism.
I saw the episode and it didn’t offend my Jewish sensibilities, mainly because I’m a bad Jew and LAW AND ORDER portrays everybody as immortal, hypocritical, and dishonest. It’s a murder mystery and every character is a suspect. For that to be possible, everyone has to have a motive. It isn’t the job of the writers to portray every racial, political, economic, cultural and religious group in a positive and accurate light — in fact, they do the opposite and on a weekly basis. They didn’t single out Orthodox Jews — if they had, then perhaps I would share my friend Rochelle’s anger.