Monday, October 3, 2005

Rabbi Unveils New Face Of Chanukah

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Although Jewish kids don’t get to enjoy holiday icons like Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, a rabbi in Columbus, Ohio thinks he’s found the answer to their prayers: Latke Larry.

Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann has created Latke Larry – a singing rabbi doll with a bushy beard and a pan of latkes – and has faith it will be “the kosher Santa Claus for Chanukah.”

In his words, “He is one funky rabbi if I do say so myself.”

As an added bonus, Latke Larry’s voice is supplied by Jerry Stiller, who sings a song that ends, Finally I have some ‘Serenity Now,’ in reference to his famous Seinfeld episode.

Kaltmann reveals, “When Jerry heard all proceeds benefit kids with special needs [through a group called The Friendship Circle], he said, ‘Of course I’ll do it.’ I love Jerry Stiller.”

The doll isn’t on the market yet – it can be pre- ordered online at – but Kaltmann says he’s already thinking about working with Ben Stiller or Adam Sandler on the “sequel.”

But the rabbi doesn’t want to reveal too much because he’s afraid someone might “take the idea and run with it.”

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