On Cult German Show, Real Rabbi Officiates TV Bar Mitzvah

On Cult German Show, Real Rabbi Officiates TV Bar Mitzvah

If you walk through a German-speaking town next Sunday night, the odds are that the streets will literally be empty as people stay at home to watch a bar mitzvah on TV.

For Germans and Austrians like me, “Tatort” (“Crime Scene”) is the holy grail of television. It’s the German equivalent of “Game of Thrones,” not in the dragon-fighting sense — spoiler: there are no dragons — but in how popular it is.

The style is “Midsomer Murders” meets “CSI,” but with each episode based in a different location and filmed at feature-length. “Tatort” recently showed its one thousandth episode, making it the longest running German TV-drama ever. Germans can spend hours passionately defending their favorite investigative duo – currently there are 23, all from different cities.

But Sunday’s episode is a first for the show, as it features the bar mitzvah of Kaleb Rubin, son of homicide detective Nina Rubin (played by famous German actress, Meret Becker).

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Published in: The Forward

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