Rolling on Shabbos


The 1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski has become an integral part of Jewish pop culture–owing mostly to the fervency with which John Goodman shouts “I don’t roll on Shabbos!”

Lebowski Tees, the newest bit of cultural ephemera to grow out of the Lebowski trend, come from Philadelphia graphic designer and pixel artist Jude Buffum. The shirts’ designs borrow elements from trading cards and video games, with in-jokes from the film. There are three different characters featured–Lebowski himself (played by Jeff Bridges), Walter Sobchak (Goodman’s character), and John Turturro playing a character who, though not Jewish himself, was named after one: Jesus.

But when one option is Walter Sobchak–the man who famously said, “3000 years of tradition from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you’re damn right I’m living in the past”–how could you choose anyone else?

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