Friday, October 06, 2006

Who else is Jewish?

Wouldn't you like to know? Now that George Allen has been outed--and how was his bar mitzvah speech, anyway?--it has come to my attention that there are many others of us out there whom no-one suspects. There used to be a prominent list of us available at my Sunday School, but it's been a while.

A site called Jew of the Day lists some names you would never associate with chosenness. I think Elvis Presley used to be on the list. His mother had a Jewish grandmother, maybe. They appear to have eliminated him from the list, perhaps on the assumption that no Jew would eat fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches when bagels were available. It would be like a Frenchman preferring Wonder Bread to baguettes.

Some possibles: what about Pablo Neruda? His real name was Neftali something-or-other, and he had a big nose and was a Communist. What more proof do you need?

Then there's Geraldo Rivera. And Fiorella la Guardia. Herman Badillo? He went to City College, which makes him definitely suspect.

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