JERUSALEM (AFP)---The White Russians were kosher, character costumes were topped off with yarmulkes, and participants were most certainly not rolling on Shabbos at Israel's first ever Big Lebowski festival.
The celebration of all things related to cult classic "The Big Lebowski" was a chance for Israeli fans of the movie to swap lines of dialogue and show off their skill at bowling, the preferred sport of the film's main characters.
The 1998 film stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey Lebowski, better known as "the Dude" -- a lovable slacker with a taste for White Russians, marijuana, and the band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
His quiet life of smoking and bowling is interrupted when he is mistaken for a businessman with the same name, the "Big Lebowski" of the movie's title,
and is plunged into a world of blackmail, embezzlement and kidnapping.
Along for the ride are his friends and bowling partners, the quiet and rather dopey Donny, played by Steve Buscemi, and Walter, played by John Goodman, an aggressive Vietnam veteran who converted to Judaism to marry his now ex-wife but continues to take his new faith extremely seriously.
The movie's sharp dialogue, unlikely twists and, above all, the serene attitude of "the Dude" have inspired a fierce following among fans, who have been gathering to celebrate the film in the United States for years.
And for Israeli Jews, there is another draw: Walter's impassioned defence of Judaism, including a scene in which insists in no uncertain terms that he will not be bowling on a Saturday, the Sabbath: "I don't roll on Shabbos!"