October 31st, 2007

The J Factor

by Terri Libenson

As many of you have noticed, I’ve been addressing in the strip not just national holidays like Halloween or Thanksgiving, but major Jewish holidays as well. This is an important (although not fundamental) aspect of PD, as the Kaplans — like my own family — have a solid Jewish foundation. I’ve been hearing from readers that it’s nice to see this diversity in the funny pages. Much appreciated! 

As my husband and I have many non-Jewish friends (and relatives), I also try to approach these holidays from the perspective of those who are not familiar with them. Most of the narrative boxes contain a short explanation of the holiday or something to that effect. And – like many themes – I try to address these holidays from a parent’s perspective.

Examples below are from December ’06 and recently from Yom Kippur, Sept ’07: 

Santa06

 

RomanBath

 

YomKipMean07

 

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