Famous Personalities who are Jewish
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June 13, 2013 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #609649
Name all the Jewish personalities you know
Elliot SpitzerJune 13, 2013 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #1027110The FrumguyParticipant
I think Jackie Mason might be Jewish, though I’m not sure.June 13, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm #1027111
Jackie Mason is indeed Jewish.
Rush Limbaugh is not Jewish, despite the admiration, love, and respect many frum Jews show towards him.
Paul Newman, a”h
Jerry Orbach, a”hJune 13, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm #1027112
Rush Limbaugh is officially Christain, but his mother is Jewish.June 14, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am #1027113
I didn’t know Limbaugh was Jewish.
Someone told me that Bloomberg’s not, but I haven’t been able to confirm.June 14, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am #1027114
Bloombergs mother is jewish, but his daughters and his current companion are notJune 14, 2013 1:07 am at 1:07 am #1027115
Adam Sandler (funny observation, Jews are funny! So many comedians are Jews. So many of our speakers are funny…)June 14, 2013 1:41 am at 1:41 am #1027116MammeleParticipant
Caspar Weinberger, sadly.
I’ve heard doubts about Weiner.June 14, 2013 3:01 am at 3:01 am #1027117
Wait why are we just being proud of all the not frum ones?
What about our awesomely famous and incredible gedollim to be proud of?June 14, 2013 5:36 am at 5:36 am #1027118
Bloombergs mother is jewish
What I heard is that her father was, but not her mother. Again, just something I heard without confirming.June 14, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm #1027119DaMosheParticipant
There have been plenty of Jewish athletes:
Ike Davis (mother is Jewish, father is not)
Kevin YoukilisJune 14, 2013 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #1027120benignumanParticipant
Caspar Weinberger was not Jewish (his mother was Christian).
I have never heard or seen any evidence that Rush Limbaugh is Jewish. Does anyone have a source for that?
Other famous Jews:
Daniel Radcliffe (his mother’s a Jew)
Sacha Baron-CohenJune 14, 2013 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm #1027121PBTMember
I really prefer the “Personalities” who tried to avoid celebrity status, whose lives were about living for Hashem and being models for the rest of us:
Rav Ashi: Redactor of the Gemara
The Vilna Gaon
The Chofetz Chaim
The Chazon Ish
Rav Steinaman, Shlita
Moshe Feinstein, Z’TL
Rov Elyashiv, Z’TL
Just several that I thought of that way outdo any “contemporary personalities” who claim to represent some lofty notions of government, but feed their own egos in the process.June 14, 2013 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #1027122
Wait why are we just being proud of all the not frum ones?
I don’t know if it’s pride. I know some people are proud of the fact that Ike Davis (for example) is Jewish, but even someone who’s not proud of it (e.g. yours truly) can find it a matter of mild interest.June 14, 2013 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #1027123🐵 ⌨ GamanitParticipant
In the winter Olympics of 2010, all three female figure skating representatives from the US were jewish:
I’m not great at spelling, so I hope I spelled their names right.June 14, 2013 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1027124charliehallParticipant
“Jackie Mason is indeed Jewish.”
Not only is Jackie Mason Jewish, he has semicha and worked as a rabbi for a few years before becoming a comedian.June 14, 2013 3:19 pm at 3:19 pm #1027125benignumanParticipant
Jackie Mason also supported his nephew (now a Rosh Kollel) through yeshiva.June 14, 2013 3:32 pm at 3:32 pm #1027126
Madeleine Albright is Jewish, and I believe John Kerry has some Jewish ancestry.June 14, 2013 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm #1027127ToiParticipant
just goes to show you that smicha can mean nothing. the man is married to a non jewess. thats bad.June 14, 2013 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #1027128
Rush Limbaugh is officially Christain, but his mother is Jewish.
Do you have a source for that? His mother’s last name was Armstrong, which is not a name that is associated with being Jewish.
The WolfJune 14, 2013 4:09 pm at 4:09 pm #1027129
OJ Simpson… not a Jew!
(sorry, couldn’t resist)
The WolfJune 14, 2013 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm #1027130
In Moneyball, Billy Beane refers to him as “Eucilus, the Greek god of walks.” 🙂
The WolfJune 14, 2013 4:17 pm at 4:17 pm #1027131apushatayidParticipant
yawnJune 14, 2013 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm #1027132pou_bearMember
Amanda Bynes lolJune 14, 2013 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm #1027134zen3344Participant
Jackie Mason’s brother, Rabbi Maza, performed my nephew’s bris. It was a show; not a pleasant experience at all, but not my choice. All three of his brothers were/are Rabbonim.June 14, 2013 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #1027135tzaddiqMember
i read somewhere on this site (i can’t remember which thread) about a rumour that elvis presley was jewish. can someone confirm that pls? is it true?June 14, 2013 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #1027136DaMosheParticipant
tzaddiq: According to Wikipedia, his mother was Scots-Irish, with some French Norman. It also says this:
According to a third cousin of Presley’s, one of Gladys’s great-grandmothers was Jewish. There is no evidence that Presley or his mother shared this belief in a Jewish heritage. Syndicated columnist Nate Bloom has challenged the cousin’s account, which he calls a “tall tale”.June 14, 2013 6:44 pm at 6:44 pm #1027137Rav TuvParticipant
His mother’s last name was Armstrong, which is not a name that is associated with being Jewish.
armstrong= yad chazaka sounds Jewish to me 🙂June 14, 2013 6:54 pm at 6:54 pm #1027138Rav TuvParticipant
Krusty the Clown.
Abraham Lincoln was Jewish. Was shot in the temple.June 14, 2013 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm #1027139jewishfeminist02Member
Thomas FriedmanJune 14, 2013 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #1027140
PBT we are in the same boat 🙂
Somehow my gedollim thread didnt really take off thoighJune 14, 2013 8:09 pm at 8:09 pm #1027141
Krusty the Clowns father is Jackie MasonJune 14, 2013 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm #1027142
just goes to show you that smicha can mean nothing. the man is married to a non jewess. thats bad.
And neither Gweneth Patrow and Gabrielle Gifford are Jewish, yet they are decended from the Taz and 33 generations of Rabbanic Dynasties (Paltrovich), Goes to show that Yrusha means nothing eitherJune 14, 2013 9:15 pm at 9:15 pm #1027143lesschumrasParticipant
Orbach and Newman’s mothers weren’t Jewish. Same thing with Harrison Ford and Michael Landon and Michael DouglasJune 14, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #1027144nishtdayngesheftParticipant
“Yrusha means nothing “
There are whole ?????? in ???? and poskim about ?????, yet you say it’s nothing. Is that your general attitude about ?????
Besides, what do Patrow (sic) and Giffords have to do with ?????? They are probably not ??????, ?????. What was the point of mentioning them?
Also see ???? ???????, ??? ??.June 15, 2013 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #1027145ToiParticipant
nisht- have a shot. he probably meant yichus.June 16, 2013 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm #1027147
Frankie MunizJune 16, 2013 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #1027148nishtdayngesheftParticipant
Notice the last reference.June 16, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm #1027149
People still carry on zera yisrael, even when the lack of a halakhic Jewish mother precludes kedushat yisrael from being passed on.June 17, 2013 1:04 am at 1:04 am #1027150oomisParticipant
Rabbi Maza O”H had a bracha under my son’s chuppah. He looked SO much like his brother Jackie, that it was very startling to be standing under the chuppah with him there. I am not certain Paul Newman’s mother was Jewish, and Anthony Weiner’s mom was Italian, I believe.June 17, 2013 1:30 am at 1:30 am #1027151Derech HaMelechMember
People still carry on zera yisrael, even when the lack of a halakhic Jewish mother precludes kedushat yisrael from being passed on.
Can I get a source for that?June 24, 2013 4:31 am at 4:31 am #1027152OneOfManyParticipant
Franz KafkaJune 24, 2013 7:19 am at 7:19 am #1027153pinkdynamiteMember
daniel radcliff- i miss you harry potter!June 24, 2013 8:09 am at 8:09 am #1027154
Sources for zera yisrael: R’ Haim Amsellem’s Sefer Zera Yisrael; Shut Mishpetei Uziel EH 13:5; R’ Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer, Drishat Tzion (don’t have the text al yad).
I’ve heard speculation that Elvis Presley and Abe Lincoln were descended from Melungeons, who supposedly have Jewish ancestry.June 24, 2013 9:50 pm at 9:50 pm #1027155UtahMember
Bob Marley (Father Jewish)
David Lee Roth
Crusty The ClownJune 25, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am #1027156jewishfeminist02Member
Rumors of Elvis Presley’s supposed Jewish heritage are just that– rumors. As a teenager, he was in fact a shabbos goy for a frum family that lived in his building.June 25, 2013 2:31 am at 2:31 am #1027157
I hear that R’ Alfred Fruchter, zt”l and his rebbetzin, a”h were quite fond of him.June 25, 2013 2:59 am at 2:59 am #1027158yytzParticipant
Elvis was a Shabbos goy not because he was non-Jewish, but because he didn’t know what it meant to be halachically Jewish. According to what I’ve read, he knew he had Jewish ancestry and identified with it, but people he knew in the recording industry were afraid to tell him that since the ancestry was from his maternal line (I think it was his mother’s mother’s mother or something like that) that meant he was Jewish. They were afraid that if he knew he would become a practicing Jew and that that would hurt his career. It may not have been definitively proven but one of his biographers writes that his mother’s mother mother or whatever was Jewish. Some Chabadniks made a film about Elvis’s Jewishness a few years ago (which I haven’t seen).June 25, 2013 3:04 am at 3:04 am #1027159yytzParticipant
Bob Dylan periodically shows up to Orthodox shuls (often Chabad) in random locations on Yom Kippur (and perhaps other holidays or on Shabbos — I don’t know). People usually figure out who is he and give him an aliyah.June 25, 2013 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #1027160haifagirlParticipant
Orbach and Newman’s mothers weren’t Jewish. Same thing with Harrison Ford and Michael Landon and Michael Douglas
Harrison Ford’s mother was Jewish but his father wasn’t. At least according to my aunt who lived a few houses down from them. And according to Wikipedia. 🙂
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