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YouTube Gold: Seinfeld’s Mohel, RIP

Gone but never to be forgotten

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 ”The Smelly Car” Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jerry Seinfeld as Himself
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You may have heard by now that Jerry Seinfeld, star of the iconic TV show Seinfeld, turned up at Cameron Friday night.

There was a brief Twitter clip where he walked out to the lobby and said something like “my daughter” which reminds us that Sascha Seinfeld is at Duke now.

We mention it for a couple of reasons. First it was obviously cool that he came to Cameron.

But also this weekend news broke that Charles Levin, who played one of the most memorable characters on his show, the nervous mohel, was found dead in Southern Oregon.

Worse, the vultures had been at him and in an irony no one could have foreseen when he was making us laugh on Seinfeld, the authorities reported that he had no “external genitalia.”

On one of the very best episodes of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary Richards was giggling during the funeral of Chuckles the Clown and apologized to the reverend, who told her that Chuckles spent his life making people laugh so he would have appreciated her giggles.

She immediately broke down and bawled, which was the funniest part of the episode.

In that spirit, here is Levin’s triumphantly funny work on Seinfeld. That episode aired 26 years ago and people still instantly remember it and it makes them laugh and smile.

You can’t usually control how you die, and Levin died a very sad and lonely death, but when you leave something like this behind, people will remember you warmly for the rest of their lives.

Including, according to his son, the real mohels who see him as something of a “team mascot.”