Who is the real Uncle Moishy?
That’s the question that was recently thrown at the doorstep of the Machon Le’Hora’ah, a private beis din in Monsey, NY, led by Rabbi Avraham Boruch Rosenberg.
A business dispute between creators of the favorite children’s entertainment character has led the rabbis to rule on who owns the iconic brand and trade name “Uncle Moishy and the Mitzvah Men.”
Through music albums (tapes), videos and concerts, “Uncle Moishy” has entertained children since 1978. He was especially popular in the 80s and early 90s when a limited supply of kosher entertainment was available.
Without TV and before the internet, both children and parents welcomed the “kosher” takeoffs on popular ’60s songs, such as “Hey Dum Diddley Dum” and “Shake It Up, Zaidy.”
But who exactly “he” is, is what the argument is currently about.