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‘Star Wars’ fanboy. Bar mitzvah boy. Senator? Jews react to Jon Ossoff’s path to victory

At press time, Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old documentary film producer, is within striking distance of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate and flipping it blue. And while some reflected on the significance of this moment in a deep south plagued by historical antisemitism, a bunch more people were moved to make fun of Ossoff’s strong guy-who’d-write-a-Beastie-Boys-a-capella-arrangement energy. And honestly, it was kinda great.

Gabe Stutman, the news editor at J. The Jewish News of Northern California, noted that should Ossoff win, he would not be the first Georgia senator with a background in journalism and a soul present at Sinai. (Though this guy was raised Episcopalean.)

Journalist Ashley Feinberg thanked Ossoff for inspiring today’s Jews in the news biz.

Others insisted the candidate did even more for the broader Jewish community, while pinpointing his exact je ne sais quoi.

Naturally, people wondered about his bar mitzvah theme, a matter he hasn’t yet disclosed to the press — although his 2017 election night party was compared to the old rite of passage. (No word on motivational dancers or “Cha Cha Slide” needledrops.)

As the evening wore on and more ballots were counted, people dug deep into the millennial candidate’s Twitter, finding some mortifying moments for his fandoms. Ossoff was caught asking a too-cool-for-school music website for its take on one of the lamest bands of all time (we hope ironically):

He also fumbled the name of Harry Potter’s bete noir.

Perhaps predictably, the man who penned and starred in an a capella “Star Wars” parody outed himself as a stan of the main villain of the animated series “The Clone Wars.”

He was dragged with this absolutely on-point take.

But above all, Ossoff’s potential victory — along with Rev. Raphael Warnock’s likely win — was heralded as a momentous occasion for the deep south and for the future of the country.

_PJ Grisar is the Forward’s culture reporter. He can be reached at [email protected].__

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