Celebrity Jewsby nate bloom
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Spidey goes for matzah ball soup
Andrew’s mother, Linda, was born in England. It isn’t clear whether she is Jewish. The actor has called himself Jewish in interviews, but hasn’t mentioned anything about a religious education. In a recent interview, he did say that he eats matzah ball soup every day he’s in New York.
Tye, 41, recently appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Host Terry Gross asked about Superman’s Jewish roots, noting that Jerry Siegel, “Superman’s” original writer and co-creator (with illustrator Joe Shuster), was Jewish. Tye replied: “Jerry called his character, as he came down from Krypton, ‘Kal-El,’ which [means] ‘a vessel of God’ in Hebrew. So we have this character coming down, being put down in space by his parents to try and save him, and being rescued by two gentiles in the middle of the Midwest… If that’s not the story of Exodus and Moses, then I’ve never seen that story told well. This was a time when we were on the eve of World War II, and the Nazis were on the brink of coming to power in Germany. … I think this idea of this baby being rescued was a sense of what was going on in Europe, where Jerry’s ancestors had come from. … And it’s a rule of thumb that when a name ends in m-a-n, the person whose name that is, they’re either a superhero or Jewish or both.”
Gross laughed at the “m-a-n” comment and proceeded to pronounce a couple of superhero names as if they were Jewish last names — and I laughed, too. Try it yourself: Say the superhero’s name like this: “Souper-man.” Sounds like a Jewish last name, nu? Or pronounce Spider-Man like Gross did: “Spy-der-min.” In an instant the name ceases to be a superhero’s and sounds like any name on a synagogue membership roster.
Opening on July 20 is “The Dark Knight Rises,” the third Batman film starring Christian Bale in the title role. Like Superman, Batman had a Jewish creator (Bob Kane). Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 30, co-stars as a Gotham City police officer. Gordon-Levitt first became known playing a space alien who pretended to be a Jewish human (“Tommy Solomon”) in the hit TV show “3rd Rock from the Sun.” In a sense, this plot line was an inversion of the Superman story.
The PBS series “History Detectives” begins its 10th season on Tuesday, July 17 at 10 p.m. If you haven’t seen this entertaining show — you really should — it’s a much smarter version of the dumbed-down semi-imitators on cable (like “Pawn Stars”). Antique experts and academics track down the true stories behind objects. One of the segments on the July 17 episode concerns a guitar that may have belonged to Bob Dylan.