For some of us, the holidays generate a nostalgia for Jewxploitation, and we’ve despaired that we’d never see The Hebrew Hammer again. Fortunately, there is some holiday cheer in the news: The Hammer may be back. But it is not yet time to fully rejoice. The Jewish superhero will return, provided that filmmaker Jonathan Kesselman manages to raise enough money through crowdsourcing to fund production of a sequel to his 2003 cult hit.
After editing the national magazine American Jewish Life and wandering around the Bible Belt for a year Benyamin Cohen (“My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith,” HarperCollins, 2008) decided to save the world from itself.
Though roundly panned when it first appeared three years ago, “The Hebrew Hammer,” writer-director Jonathan Kesselman’s Jewish answer to the blaxploitation genre, may be getting a new lease on life.