2014 Caption Contest

 Posted by on May 15, 2014
May 152014


Thank you all so much for contributing to this caption contest and the one I had on Facebook (which Y Lopin nabbed.)

My favorite submission for this cartoon was Daas Hedyot’s caption alluding to the stir that erupted on Facebook after Rabbi Fink called a meeting between rabbis and some OTDs groundbreaking.

Caption: “If we have a summit and there’s no one to tell about it, is it still a groundbreaking summit?” – Daas Hedyot

I love it because it is smart and satirical and timely. But that’s the problem — it is timely, and it will be dated and strange within a month. We know how quickly a good brouhaha is forgotten these days. I’m trying to collect a gallery of cartoons that can be accessible and comprehensible to at least a quorum of readers. Otherwise I feel like I’m alone, laughing on an island, a groundbreaking moment that no one else appreciates. And we know the essence of an event lies in how many people click like and hear the evil laugh.

I chose a more general caption as the winner, by our very own Obama.

“Yup, we are definitely off the derech.” -Obama

Obama wins my magazine! Thanks 🙂

I want to give a shout out to Daas Hedyot because his blog really influenced me, especially his interview series “Better Know a Kofer.” I’ll never forget when he launched it. I lived in Kiryas Joel then and the isolation and loneliness made a good post so much more exciting. Especially when XGH satirized the first interview – it’s a shame that the satire is no longer around. No internet event is complete without some good satire.

Check out the Better Know a Kofer series!



OTD Cartoon



Obviously we’re down to doing a caption contest a year. Then it’ll be a contest a century, then it’ll be a millennia event. What am I saying, it’s already a millennia event.

I’m not reviving the blog. I just perceptively realize that people have a lot of witty things to say at the moment and it is my moral obligation to provide a safe and public environment for them to channel it. Especially if that environment involves me showing off the site’s major cosmetic makeover (thanks Eli, Shimon and Leo) especially the new Gallery tab on top. Looks fine, doesn’t it?

So see the doodle below. It’s the old cartoon of two people stranded on an island. It’s in need of a caption, something smart and funny and acerbic and insightful. Please don’t leave these two stranded Jews alone without a good joke. Come up with something. I’ll pick a winner based on bias, nepotism and irresistible hilarity.

IF YOU WIN: In the past, the winner got money, and it usually stayed in PayPal uncollected. Since money doesn’t sell, I’m upgrading my incentive: winner gets a copy of my New Leaf Magazine mailed to you, the winner, with no personal autograph whatsoever. You may even have to pay your own postage. But you’ll win this gem. The magazine is self-published — to this date there are three copies in circulation. It consists of half edited doodles and pretension, all good stuff. You want this. You will win this. You can do this. Etc. Go.

2014 Caption Contest

Frieda Vizel

Frieda Vizel left the Hasidic community, the Modern Orthodox community and the Formerly Orthodox (OTD) community. She now lives in Pomona and is actively looking for a new community to leave. She deals with the perplexities of the communities she left by drawing cartoons about them, a habit that gets her into an excellent amount of trouble.

  30 Responses to “2014 Caption Contest”

  1. “If it’s ok for me to remove my stockings, why can’t you remove your bathing suit?”

  2. “If we have a summit and there’s no one to tell about it, is it still a groundbreaking summit?”

  3. “Does your wife always dunk for 45 minutes?”

  4. “Dessert Island?”

  5. “Two Hassidic couples step onto an island.”

  6. “Fink or swim?”

  7. “Yup, we’re definitely off the derech.”

  8. “Whew, out if the ghetto, at last!”

  9. “Whew! I’m glad I saved her instead of my wife”

  10. “We should build two shuls, one that we never step foot in”

  11. Is this yichud?

  12. Adam and Eva all over again.

  13. “Hi, I’m Lot. Are you my daughter?”

  14. I hope no one sees…

  15. What time is mincha?

  16. I didn’t know Satmar had a branch here, does the tree being to the Aronim or Zali’s?

  17. I told you when the first Mikva lady shows up we’ll have sex.

  18. You always said you would if we’re stuck on an island. What’s your excuse now?

  19. […] there now and submit your best cartoon caption and win a prize, some kind of prize, I’m not really clear on what it is but at least […]

  20. Visit Hasidim: Desert Island Edition. “This tree, I believe, is the original Teitelbaum.”

  21. You’re really nice, but I’m just not seeing it.

  22. I see the birds, but where are the bees?

  23. “I feel really bad for leaving my chavrusa alone for 2 days, you know”

  24. “Are we supposed to stay here until someone comes up with a half decent caption?”

    or “What if no one comes up with a decent caption? We’re stuck here for life!”

  25. I thought you were bringing the sheet!

  26. Some of you are hilarious. The tour guide of the dessert edition – my personal bias. Lol. Made my Monday brighter.

  27. If you believe I have been a little crazier than usual, you are probably correct and this coming month will be no exception. I think you should know the truth, in case anything happens to me . . .

  28. “Are we -finally- free now ?”

    ( totally not funny. totally sad. but that’s what the doodle represents.)

  29. “You’ve always been so naive. This was what I meant when I said, ‘let’s try going off the derech??'”

  30. “Will all 50 shades be so mind-blowing?”

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