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March 8, 2017 8:37 am

‘Supergirl’ Villain Name-Drops the ‘Lubavitcher Rabbi’

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Scene from "Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk" episode of "Supergirl." Photo: Facebook screenshot.

Scene from ‘Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk’ episode of ‘Supergirl.’ Photo: Facebook screenshot.

A recent episode of the CW network’s show “Supergirl” referenced the late revered leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Judaism.

In “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk,” which aired Feb. 21, a villain proposing marriage to the lead character, Kara Zor-El (portrayed by Melissa Benoist), says, “I’ll get our officiant. Do you want the Pope? The Lubavitcher Rabbi?”

The seventh and last leader of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, passed away in 1994 and is widely considered one of the most influential Jewish leaders of the last century. The Hasidic movement is known for its many “shluchim,” or emissaries, who set up Chabad houses to service Jews in countries around the world and on university campuses.

“Supergirl” follows Kara, the cousin of Superman, as she learns to balance life as an inexperienced superhero with being a young, professional woman.

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