Uncategorized / 10.28.2011
My Muppet Mentors
Growing up, Judaism was the primary religion in my house, but there was a close second — in terms of ethical precepts, cultural heritage and daily devotion: the Muppets.
Jim Henson wasn’t our messiah, but the gospel his characters faithfully preached about — cooperation, community and compassion — would have earned him a seat at our seder, no strings attached. This mixed marriage manifested with “Ben’s Friends,” my Muppet-themed bar mitzvah, replete with hot air-balloon centerpieces plus Kermit and me, arm in gangly arm, on the T-shirts.
It’s been more than 20 years since Henson’s sudden, unexpected death; he would have just turned 75. Watching Sesame Street with my son lately, I’ve wondered what the world would be like were the man who gave us “Pigs in Space” still alive today?