All across the planet, Jews from 18 to 40, male and female, are rocking their Alterna-Judaism with pride in the form of snarky t-shirts. From San Francisco to London, young Jewish adults are displaying their commitment to their faith with aplomb. And, being Jewish, it has to be in the most high-brow way possible.
The trend is not just limited to Diaspora Jewry. All across Tel Aviv little boutiques have been hocking their new wares. T-shirts with sarcastic sayings in Yiddish, or with figures from Israeli children’s literature in questionable positions are popping up in bars all around the city.
Luckily for hipsters, non-hipsters, and wannabe-hipsters, the wonders of the internet have insured that there is plenty of supply to meet demand, in all shapes and forms. In a few quick clicks and a credit card you can proudly display your conviction in bold silk screen across your chest.
Want something tactful that your mom would find humorous? Why not a “Got Shabbos” number? Want some generic kitsch that you can sport at the annual reunion Barbeque of your local AEPi chapter? How about a “Trust Me, I’m a Rabbi” t-shirt in charcoal grey? Feeling like you want to show your militant side? There is always the “Uzi Does It” piece in appropriate military green. Feeling a little more urban chic? “Moses is my Homeboy” always strikes a chord in Williamsburg. Want to make a broader political statement? “Gaza Strip Club” is just the right balance of irony and subversive cultural relevancy. Or, if you want to really be on the cutting edge of fashion, you can always splurge for the classy “Devorah”.
Whatever it is, Jewish Young Adults have a thing for letting it all hang out, well, rather letting it all be written across their chests in 100% cotton.