Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


‘It’s a Hasidic World’?

‘Haaretz’ writer visits schmaltzy Disney ride, is flummoxed

Print Email
Disney’s Israelis.(YourFavoriteMartian’s Flickr)

Haaretz writer Alex Sinclair recently took a fun family trip to Florida’s Walt Disney World—and wound up flummoxed by the representation of Israelis on the “It’s a Small World” ride. Like the dolls representing every other country—Brits get Beefeateers; the Italians gondoliers—the ride’s animatronic singing Israelis are represented with childish but not really offensive caricatures. Except that Israelis are portrayed by a Hasidic bride and groom, which, while recognizably Jewish, aren’t so much representatively Israeli. Sinclar is unamused. “While not every Briton dresses like a Beefeater, not every Italian rides a gondola, and not every Japanese wears a kimono, the activities and costumes of these dolls would probably be seen by Brits, Italians, and Japanese, as an agreeable and consensual symbol of their country,” he says, while “the Jewish dolls represent a highly specific demographic sector that is neither reflective of, nor seen as symbolically representative by, the national collective.” But Sinclair also sees the Disney Imagineers’ trouble: he can’t even think of what a proper costume would be for an Israeli doll. (He proposes, and dismisses, the idea of an IDF soldier as “depressing and pathetic.”) It all brings up an interesting point: Israel’s just too young to be quaint. Its entire history is new enough and unsettled enough to count as contemporary politics. But who knows: if Israel and Disney World are both still around in 200 years, maybe IDF soldiers will seem as quaint as Beefeaters.

‘It’s a Small World’ and the Jewish Problem [Haaretz]

Print Email

This is a really good blog post, I found your website doing research aol for a related subject and came to this. I couldnt discover to much alternative information on this piece of content, so it was pleasant to find this one. I will be back again to check out some other articles that you have another time.

I contain read ones article. It’s actually helpful. We will be able to benefit plenty from it. Fluent crafting style and vivid words make people readers appreciate reading. I may share ones opinions together with my close friends.

I would like to voice my gratitude for your kindness in support of people that should have assistance with this important area. Your personal dedication to getting the solution along became exceedingly productive and have truly empowered women like me to get to their pursuits. Your important useful information indicates this much a person like me and far more to my office colleagues. Regards; from everyone of us.

I simply want to say the best way incredibly impressed My business is with the speed of this shipments. I am a fresh customer, and have now ordered a second time Using USPS to get shipping, I got my 1st package throughout 4 a short time, and the majority impressively — I ordered cost-free time at a Friday and even received a package over the following Mon! Besides having a great range, prices, and mission suggestions, this features made me a client for lifestyle!!

Just want to say your article is as astonishingThe clarity in your post is simply excellent and i can assume you are an expert on this subjectWell with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep updated with forthcoming postThanks a million and please continue the enjoyable work.

Barak says:

How about a kibbutznik? Cutoffs, t-shirts, a kova tempel for the men and a scarf for the women. Sandals all around. Orange trees. A tractor. The Old City. For years, as a kid, I always wondered why Jews weren’t represented on the ride. Finally, that representation comes, but it’s not representational at all! Has Disney ever responded?


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

‘It’s a Hasidic World’?

‘Haaretz’ writer visits schmaltzy Disney ride, is flummoxed

More on Tablet:

How To Make Middle Eastern Stuffed Vegetables

By Joan Nathan — Video: Filled with warm rice and unexpected spices, they’re perfect for a cool autumn night—as a side dish or vegetarian entree