This week is a special episode of Good Shabbos Nebraska - America's favorite Shabbos Morning Talk Show!
We have two very special guests.
Our regularly scheduled guest is my cousin, comedian Sheba Mason, daughter of the legendary Jewish comedian Jackie Mason.
My late grandfather, Rabbi Joseph Maza zt"l, was the older brother of Jackie Mason. (The original last name, Maza, is a Hebrew acronym for Mi-Zera Aharon Hakohen, meaning of the descendants of the Kohen Aharon.)
Sheba and I first met each other in Florida, where she grew up, over 20 years ago, but lost touch and had not seen each other until we connected on facebook a few years ago. We met in New York and since then the rest of my family has also become reacquainted with Sheba. My sister in New York has had her for Shabbos a few times and she was at the recent bris of my nephew.
Sheba is a comedian in New York and also produces and acts in musicals and comedy shows, including the musical dramedy 702 Punchlines and Pregnant - a show based on her mother's relationship with Sheba's father.
On Good Shabbos Nebraska we are going to look into the parshah which talks about Yosef and his unfortunate and complicated relationship with his family. Besides the strained relationship with his brothers, the sages in the Talmud consider why Yosef did not reach out to his father once he became prominent in Egypt.
Jackie Mason won an Emmy for his voice over in the season 6 Simpsons Episode, Like Father Like Clown. In the episode he portrayed Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, father of Bart's hero, Krusty the Klown. Although it is widely thought that the episode was a parody of the famous movie The Jazz Singer, there are some who suspect that the show was somehow a hint to Jackie Mason's own personal story and his relationship with his father. The themes expressed in that episode, as well as in 702 Punchlines and Pregnant, both relate to this week's parshah. I am really looking forward to learning with Sheba tomorrow.
Our second guest is a surprise guest! Someone who just happened to be in Omaha for Shabbos and graciously agreed to appear with Sheba on the show.
I can't divulge who it is just yet, but I promise to give a full blog report after Shabbos. All I can say is that he is very famous, and those who come to shul will be very happy that they did!
So check it out, this and every Shabbos, 10 am ONLY at Beth Israel Synagogue - Where every Shabbos is a Shabbaton!