I Don’t Roll on Shabbas Big Lebowski T-shirt

by on February 27, 2010

To fully appreciate the magnificence of this tshirt, let’s first do some background research. According to the Shabbat Wikipedia entry:“Shabbat is the seventh day of the Jewish week and a day of rest in Judaism.”

Our friend, Walter Sobchak, in the Big Lebowski calls it Shabbas and is totally observing the day of rest: “Saturday is shabbas. Jewish day of rest. Means I don’t work, I don’t drive a car, I don’t fucking ride in a car, I don’t handle money, I don’t turn on the oven, and I sure as shit DON’T FUCKING ROLL! Shomer Shabbos. Shomer Fucking Shabbas!”

Thus, you have the tshirt: I Don’t Roll on Shabbas. And, truthfully, this ancient custom has some validity. Bust your butt six days a week and then rest and relax for one day. Recharge the batteries. Clear your mind. Then, get right back to it, the following week.

Shabbat Table Spread: Wine and Challat (Wikipedia)

Of course, it gets a little jankey when you create like sub-rules and goofy work arounds so you line up with the letter of the law. For instance, to make toast on the Shabbat, you can only open the bag of bread with kid gloves and a consecrated stainless steal knife. Basically, you have to hack at it. Then, you can’t put the toast in the toaster, so you either have to hire a Gentile, or train your cat to do. Let’s not even get into the buttering of the toast (it involves a cantilever) or the only jam flavor you’re allowed to use—gooseberries.

However, if you run through the toast gauntlet on a weekly basis you become a very powerful and intimidating man, who knows exactly what he wants, just like Walter.

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