Colbert Report Video: Israel National Bird and Kosher Giraffe

"May you emulate the noble long-billed hoopoe by squirting fecal matter at intruders." A riot from America's second funniest South Carolina favorite son and goy extraordinaire.

Watch it for the "Leviticus Update" and the closing with the famous Colbert quip, upon chugging Manischewitz Concord Grape wine, "Omigod, this they are allowed to drink?"

While on the subject of Manischewitz, here is some background from WiseGeek:
Manischewitz is made from the Concord grape, a red grape native to the United States. The family of grapes the Concord hails from, that of Vitis labrusca, is considerably different from the European varieties of Vitis vinifera, and is considered by many in the wine-drinking community to be inferior for use in wine. There is some evidence that Concord grapes themselves, which were cultivated in the mid-19th century, may actually have a small amount of Vitis vinifera, because of the nature of their flowers. Concord grapes are also often used as food grapes in the United States, and are characterized by their large seeds and very poignant aroma. This aroma translates through to wines, such as Manischewitz, made from the grape.

Manischewitz, like many kosher wines, is often noted for its intense sweetness. Early kosher wine-makers such as Manischewitz were faced with a dilemma in the New World, where they did not have access to high-quality grapes and often were rushed to produce ample amounts of wine in time for holidays such as Passover. With lower-quality juice to work with and insufficient time, the wines produced tended to be far too bitter for easy consumption, so sugar was added after fermentation to help the wines become more palatable. Not all kosher wine need be this sweet, however, and Manischewitz also produces a number of more traditionally-styled wines which are still kosher. The popularity of sweet Manischewitz endures, however, likely as a result of association between faithful Jews and the taste of sweet Manischewitz for ritual use.

While there are other kosher wineries in the United States, Manischewitz is far and away the largest producer. Rarely will one find a Passover celebration in which a wine other than Manischewitz is served. The symbol of the Manischewitz company, which may be found on all its wines, is a bundle of Concord grapes over a Star of David, with the word Manischewitz emblazoned on top.


John D. Enright said...

Interesting post. Catholic altar wine is another category altogether. Although I understand that there is a variety of quality wines available for Catholics, every single time I've tasted it, it was a Marsala type of wine. It may be good in cooking, but not for drinking. Go figure. Shrug. As for Manischewitz, it has a large commercial appeal even among non-Jews. Mani, for instance, is my father-in-law's preference as a dinner wine. Shrug again.

Anonymous said...

"You emulate the noble long-billed hoopoe by squirting fecal matter at intruders."

I can't tell if you're just being funny, or you really do have a major problem of taking people's words out of context. The comedian said: "MAY you emulate the noble long-billed hoopoe by squirting fecal matter at intruders."

Anonymous said...

The line about "their national bird is a cat" was awesome!

Anonymous said...

I suppose we can't expect Colbert to know enough Hebrew to know that the kind of abomination with regards to eating a hoopoe is different from the abomination of gay relations.

John D. Enright said...

OK, I just watched the video. Mildly funny in parts, but I think most of it went over my head. Hangs head in bewilderment. Shakes it off and goes to the bar for a beer!

Anonymous said...

Bryce: Knowledge of Hebrew, by itself, allows for no such difference. The Hebrew word or words used are either the same or synanomous. It is only by Rabbinic interpretation that a distinction can be made, according to the relative severeness of Biblical punishment proscribed for each.