The Jewish Week recently wrote a revealing review of Rick Moranis’s new comedic musical album, My Mother’s Brisket, & Other Love Songs. It’s a deeply traditional album, focusing very much on the experience of growing up in a highly traditional Jewish household. Rick Moranis is known in the mainstream for his appearances in films such as Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. His more recent work in music may have flown under the radar of those who know him from the silver screen.
The deeply traditional nature of the music subject matter brings to mind a topic we’ve previously touched on—namely, the relationship between Jewish music and today’s youth. In the piece, Moranis describes the increasing use of Yiddish terms and traditional practices among those in his age group who had otherwise turned away from their Jewish upbringings. Children of parents in such an age group then find themselves growing up in a surprisingly traditional household.
The question of whether this is simple nostalgia or a natural embrace of the Jewish identity is an interesting one. On one level, it’s both. But it is also an indication of the importance of knowing one’s roots. However traditional or nontraditional your upbringing may be, traditions and habits have in some form or another, popped up whether indirectly or not.