How Odd of God. . .
Discovering God's Traces in
Life Stories: from Abraham
to Einstein, Paula Abdul
and "Indiana Jones"
Natalie Portman Peter Sellers
How odd of God, to choose the Jews. . . *
Below, we focus more on figures who aren't generally known to be Jews - like "Capt. Kirk," "the Three Stooges," or Paula Abdul, say - than on Jews like Jerry Seinfeld or Jon Stewart, for example, who are.
We often hear from people, non-Jews, who complain about "the Jews."
They regard the Children of Israel as failures. If the Jews, in God's system, are supposed to serve Him and humanity as a nation of priests, a light to the nations (See Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 43:12, 49:6; and Jeremiah 22:29, for instance), they're extremely disappointing, they say. "If that's the Jews' job," they ask, "why aren't they doing it?"
And in your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed My voice. Genesis 22:18
We also hear from Jews - very Orthodox Jews, known as black hat or yeshivish Jews (from the black hats they wear and from their yeshivas or Torah schools) - who feel the same way. Albert Einstein, to their way of thinking, was a tragic figure: "A Jew with a good brain like that, he might have contributed something to Torah scholarship, but instead he wasted his time on physics!"
With all respect, we all need to look at the record. The God of Israel is the God Who works in history, through history, to accomplish His goals. Israel's history, particularly, has a lot to teach us about God - about how God operates in the world - and how the Torah and the Biblical system practically function, right here in this world, to do God's work. We can glimpse it in Biographies, in the brief list that follows - a sort of massively abbreviated Who's Who list - of the Jewish People. See below
That Your Way may be known upon earth,
Your salvation among all nations. Psalms 67:3
Now, even though Biographies is extremely limited, it clearly shows that something is going on with the Children of Israel that needs looking into, that's under-rated and more-than-natural. It suggests, at least, that something in Israel's Torah-system is uniquely God-given. The phenomenon of Israel in the world is one of the proofs of God that God gives the world - to help lead us to Him.
This is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples [who shall say]: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' (Deuteronomy 4:6) But the aggrandizement of Israel was not an end in itself: it was to demonstrate to the children of men the Divine in Human History (J.H. Hertz, "The Hertz Torah")
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalms 42:3
(See Part of the Plan in Action, the Story of Dr. T.K. Loveless in our Covenant Connection. God works in mysterious, obscure ways - often, very often, using Jews, as can be seen in the life of this good doctor. . . .)
I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that My salvation may be unto the end of the earth. Isaiah 49:6
"For the first 23 issues of Mad, Harvey Kurtzman wrote every word." The New York Times Book Review, 8/9/09: "Mad, the Art of Rebellion" See Harvey Kurtzman
People who say that there is no God can argue about many things convincingly - but they can never convincingly explain away the phenomenon of Israel.
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. (Former President) John Adams, 2/16/1809
* It's not so odd. The Jews chose God.
If there is no God, the Jews simply make no sense. (See Does History Point to God? Charts by John C.L. Hulley)
If there were no God, how did the Jews come to be, and how could they survive?
When you're through reading this, check out: What Happens to the Rothschilds? and What's the Secret of Jewish Succes?
How, even in the face of severe prejudice and oppression, do the People of Israel so often manage to not just survive but thrive? Why, when they are so few in number, do they play such a big role in the world?
And why are the enemies of Israel, the Jew-haters, such losers?
Nazis, Stalinists, the Ku Klux Klan, the Spanish Inquisition, Aryan Nations, Russia's Black Hundreds, Cossack pogromists, Hamas, Hezbollah, the PLO, al-Qaeda and the World Trade Center bombers. . . the one enemy they all have in common is Israel . . . (For more on this, see: "Now Comes Amalek," in our newsletter, Covenant Connection , and "The Counter Revolution" (June '09 Covenant Connection) )
And I will bless them that bless you, and curse them that curse
you, and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3
Maybe we could try to view this from a higher point . Take a look at this little article by the late Aryeh Kaplan, If You Were God
Suppose you have before you a Sims-like challenge: an island occupied by several tribes who, while they have infinite potential, are - to say the least - exploitative and belligerent. This causes much suffering, from poverty, prejudice and war. You have great powers with which to influence them, control over weather, subliminal suggestion, etc., . . . but if you reveal yourself too plainly to them you will shock them into "almost vegetable" passive dependence, or provoke them to rebellion. You want them to make something of themselves, to serve you better . . . so, what if you start with just some of them, one of their smallest tribes . . . .
And you shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation Exodus 19:6
Two Jews for Jesus (Jews never turn into non-Jews - that's not God's system. See Ezekiel 20:32-33: [Jews may say] 'We shall be as the nations, as the families of the countries'. . . 'As I live, sayeth the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, will I be king over you.')
John the Baptizer Mary of Magdalene
Naturally, the People of Israel are just people, with all the good and bad that goes with that. And we, the editors, don't make judgments - not many, anyway - on the individuals who named here. This is a casually put-together list, a light dusting, as it were, of Jews who make or made a difference. (The people listed here are just some who came to mind.) In the meantime, we remember that such personages from long ago, Samson, David, Saul, Solomon, Isaiah, Hillel, Joshua, Gideon, Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Joshua, Deborah, Sarah, Leah, Rebecca, Jephta, Samuel, Naomi and Ruth, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezra, and the Macabees - and others, such as Jesus (and his Jewish mother), for instance, his apostles, relatives, and Paul, among others, were all Jews.
Nazism's accursed founder developed great hatred for the Jews when, as he wrote in Mein Kampf, he discovered that most of the newspaper and magazine political writers that he hated most, Social Democrats in Germany, were Jewish. What he didn't know was that, on the other side of the debate, many of the leading thinkers who opposed the Social Democratic movement - economists, bankers, scientists, industrialists and writers - were Jewish too.
It's like these two, for instance:
Judge Julius Hoffman, the anti-Abbie
Abbie Hoffman, the anti-Julius Hoffman
The Jews belong to the world in an odd way. With the possible exception of the modern United States, there never was a nation that combined so many other nations and raised them to full membership, no other people that included so many different peoples, races, DNA and blood.
I will say to them that were not My people, 'You are My people,' and they shall say, 'You are my God.' Hosea 2:25
Thanks to Israel being a religion as well as a nation, countless converts have joined the Jews. That, combined with the fact that a Jew is anyone whose mother was Jewish, so Jews are black, and Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arab, Chaldean, French, German, and even New Guinean, say, makes Israel a religion, a world-historical force, and, truly, a nation including every nation.
"Meadow Soprano," The Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler. (Her father, son of Jewish immigrants from Greece and Poland; her mother, a Puerto Rican Orthodox convert to Judaism)
Israel remains "one of the fewest of all peoples" (Deuteronomy 7:7). Even before the Holocaust in Europe (which killed about one out of every three Jews), Mark Twain likened Earth's Jewish population, compared to the whole of humanity, to "a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way."
Today some 13.3 million Jews live in the world. Their growth rate is zero (balancing births and conversions to Judaism against deaths). So less than .003 of the world's population, or fewer than three out of every thousand persons, can be counted among Moses' "kingdom of priests" - and, of course, their relative numbers are rapidly declining. In the United States, Jews don't make up even 2% of the population (before 1960, it was 4%-plus).
Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Jack Ryan, Rick Deckard, Richard Kimble: Harrison Ford. Son of Christopher (born John William Ford) and Dorothy (born Dora Nidelman) Ford.
There are many more ethnic Swedes, Hondurans, Scots, Swiss, Senegalese, Guatemalans, and Portuguese in the world than there are Jews.
If my theory of relativity is proved true, Germany will claim me as a German, and France will proclaim me a citizen of the world. If it is proved untrue, France will call me a German, and Germany will call me a Jew. Dr. Albert Einstein
So said Einstein. In fact, most reference books today refer to Einstein only as a German or American.
Many Jews don't like to be widely known as Jews because it hurts them professionally, or, in some cases, even endangers them physically. This makes the production of a list like the one below fairly challenging.
For example, "the King Bee," an American naval officer who founded the U.S. Navy's Seabees, is almost never described as Jewish. He was, though - as Jewish as Moses or any rabbi.
Ben Moreell and the Seabees
Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military
Similarly, Australia's John Monash, a World War I hero, was often dismissed as "just a German Jew" while he lived, but after he died, when it was just praise, he became "an Australian of German parentage." [In fairness, since 2000 or so, what Australian writers call his "Prussian-Jewish background" is often recognized.]
General Sir John Monash, center
Whenever we had a doubt about someone's being Jewish, when there was either no Orthodox conversion to Judaism or when the person did not have a Jewish mother (that is, the person's mother's mother wasn't Jewish) -
the humorist Dorothy Parker, for instance; the writer J.D. Salinger; the Wittgensteins (great philosopers and artists); Carly Simon; Paul Newman; David Janssen; Oliver Stone; Gloria Steinem; chessmaster Boris Spasky; U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, and many others
- or if we just weren't sure, that person didn't make the list.
When we come to interesting obituaries and biographies we usually want to know about the person's background - and we believe that one can learn a lot about God and His Ways and the nature of history by doing so.
The story of the Jews in the world is a story of realized prophecies - which testify to the holiness and wisdom of the Torah.
"This is your wisdom and your understanding. . . what great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this Torah. . . . " - Deuteronomy 4:6-8.
So - we read people's obituaries and biographies, check on their names, and look for small clues, looking for God's "fingerprints" and His handiwork in the world . . . We hope to convey to you, dear Reader, the same viewpoint and habit.
How odd of God, etc. Sometimes attributed to Lewis Browne (American, 1897-1949) How Odd of God to Choose the Jews (1934). Probably more accurately, attributed to Lord Alfred ("Bosie") Douglas (best known to history as Oscar Wilde's lover) in his London magazine, Plain English. Second statement (It's not so odd, etc.) by Leon Roth, editor, Jewish Thought magazine (1954)
For no particular reason other than personal hero-worship, let's start with . . .
The creator of Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae, Dogpatch, Fearless Fosdick, Mammy Yokum, Sadie Hawkins Day, Moonbeam McSwine, General Bullmoose, Marryin' Sam, Senator Phogbound, Shmoos, Skonkworks,
Joe Btfsplk, Kickapoo Joy Juice,
Hairless Joe, Lonesome Polecat, Stupefyin' Jones, Washable Jones, Earthquake McGoon, Hekzebiah Hawkins, Jubilation T. Cornpone, Lower Slobbovia. . . .
Al Capp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Also: Welcome to the Official Li'l Abner web site
Broncho Billy!, the man who invented the strong, silent man who rides off into the sunset, the first cowboy movie star (and producer, director, writer, publicist, etc.),
As the Americans who went to war in World War II took some ideas about what it means to be "a real man" from actors like Clark Gable, Jimmy Cagney and Errol Flynn; and their sons, the baby boomers, Vietnam War-era men, learned from movie role models played by actors like John Wayne, Sean Connery (and Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis); millions of the boys and men who fought for America in World War I, who fathered the World War II generation and shaped the nature of modern-era America, learned to be "strong, silent Americans" from Broncho Billy.
Speaking of Douglas and Curtis:
Kirk Douglas Tony Curtis_
Two American actresses
Natalie Portman Sarah Michelle Geller ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Rod Serling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Creator of Twilight Zone, actor and screenwriter; U.S. Army paratrooper; 5-foot 4- inch Army boxer. (Joined Unitarian Universalist Church in young adulthood. But that doesn't mean much to Israel - in a Hebrew prayer quorum or minyan of at least 10 Jewish men, he'd count, as much as any Jewish shoemaker or rabbi.)
Aryeh ben Mayer Shmuel Weiss (son of a Reform-movement rabbi)
Harry Houdini - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Houdini
David Copperfield (illusionist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Copperfield_(illusionist)
Dovid Shays (Seth) ben Chaim Kotkin
Playwright, author, organic gardener, amateur nutritionist, self-taught vitamin and health expert, magnate of "home remedies," and founder of a publishing empire, including Nature and Prevention magazines, under the name of Rodale Press. (Mr. Rodale changed his name from Cohen to Rodale, hoping to avoid anti-Semitism.)
Jerome Irving Rodale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Irving_Rodale
American newspaperman, founder of the famous show-business paper, Variety
Sime Silverman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sime_Silverman
Carl Sagan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_sagan
Astronomer, astro-chemist, astro-physicist, leader in the search for intelligent life in the universe, creator and host of Public Television's Cosmos series, science-popularizer and public intellectual
James Randi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Amazing Randi, professional skeptic, magician and debunker of supposed "magic," "faith-healing," and claims of the paranormal. (Also a full-time atheist, unlearned in the Torah but opposed to it, along with all religion.)
Philosopher and lens-maker in Holland, ethicist, pantheistic thinker (Spinoza's god , as Spinoza described his thinking, wasn't the God of Abraham), brilliant treatise-writer, one of the fathers of the Enlightenment in Europe (early 18th century)
Baruch Spinoza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Spinoza
Great American-Hungarian mathematician, "the last of the great mathematicians," one of the fathers of computer science
John von Neumann - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_von_Neumann
Teller (magician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teller_(magician)
Another magician - the silent half of Penn and Teller. "Only learned of his Jewish ancestry when he was 50-years old." (We don't disbelieve this statement, we're just punctuating a direct quote.) An atheist, too - like Randi.
Bob Dylan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American musician, near-legendary songwriter, gravel-voiced singer, and poet from Duluth, Minnesota. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, or (in Hebrew) Shabtai Zisel ben Avraham
J. Robert Oppenheimer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer
American physicist, "Father of the atomic bomb"
Edward Teller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Teller
American physicist, "Father of the hydrogen bomb"
Why did brilliant men like Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein reject the God of their fathers? Why do so many other Jews? Why aren't Jews more religious? Read El, God of Abraham: The First Covenant Foundation's Covenant Connection January 2008 newsletter
Joe Rosenthal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Rosenthal
Iwo Jima. 2/23/1945
Yevgeny Khaldei - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yevgeny_Khaldei
Flag over the Reichstag. 5/2/1945
Robert Capa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
D-Day landings.Omaha Beach 6-6-1944. Spanish Civil War. 9-5-1936
Born Andre Friedmann in Budapest in Austria-Hungary, Capa was known for his work chronicling the Spanish Civil War and the China-Japan War in Manchuria even before World War II. He changed his name to Robert Capa because "it sounds American." (Died in Vietnam, killed by a landmine, with a camera in his hand.)
Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli (also Fonzie or The Fonz)
Fonzie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Henry Winkler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Winkler
Film maker, writer, director, producer: Paths of Glory, Lolita, Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, 2001 - a Space Odyssey, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Organge, Full Metal Jacket. . . Another genius who never got a decent Torah eduction - a spiritually minded, morally sensitive, non-observant, non-believing Jew.
Stanley Kubrick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Kubrick
British comic, comic actor, actor, in The Mouse that Roared, Lolita, various Pink Panther movies (as "Inspector Clouseau"), A Shot in the Dark, Dr Strangelove (in several roles). . .
Peter Sellers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sellers
Photographer who brought out the weird in the everyday
Diane Arbus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Arbus
Photographer of glamor and fashion (and, for instance, Marilyn Monroe - below left)
Richard Avedon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Avedon
Peculiarly self-destructive anti-Semitic, anti-U.S. American chess prodigy and grandmaster, said (by some) to be the greatest chess player of all time
Bobby Fischer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Fischer
Carole King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prolific, brilliant American songwriter, musician and singer
William Shatner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shatner
Actor, best known as Star Trek's "Capt. Kirk," novelist, horse-breeder and commercial pitchman
Leonard Nimoy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Nimoy Star Trek's Starfleet's Mr. Spock," Kirk's executive officer, in civilian life back on Earth a cohen (priestly descendant - in the male line - of Aaron), actor and art photographer
Creators of Superman - and many memorable supervillains
Jerry Siegel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Siegel
Joe Shuster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Shuster
From Wiki: Promotional art for Superman
#204 (vol. 2, April 2004)
by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Isaac Asimov - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American writer, best known for his science fiction and as a science popularizer. Baby boomers like Republican leader Newt Gingrich and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman say they were powerfully influenced by Asimov's Foundation novels.
Marcel Proust - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proust
Revered French author
Creators of superheroes and supervillains, X-Men, Fanastic Four, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, etc. - Marvel Comics' men
Jack Kirby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kirby
Stan Lee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Lee
Franz Kafka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Revered Czech-Austrian writer
Refugee from Ukrainian pogroms, Brazilian diplomat's wife, revered best-selling Brazilian writer, who "looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginai Woolf,"
Clarice Lispector - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_Lispector
Anti-Communist, anti-fascist, anti-welfare state writer and philosopher.
Founder of "Objectivism."
Ayn Rand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, who took over from (Dr.) Alan Greenspan (a disciple of Ayn Rand), who succeeded (Dr.) Paul Volcker
(Dr.) Ben Bernanke
Boris Pasternak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Pasternak
Patriotic Russian writer, Dr. Zhivago, Quiet Flows the Don
German Romantic poet, author, essayist, literary critic, public intellectual - too important to German culture for the Nazis to ever ban him (they simply called him a "pure Aryan"). Convert to Lutheranism, calling it his "ticket of admission into European culture."
Heinrich Heine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Heine
Author of The Feminine Mystique, co-founder and first president of the National Organization of Women (NOW), a founding-mother and long-time leader of the post-War feminist movement
Betty Friedan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Friedan
American labor leader, founded American Federation of Labor (AFL), world leader in trade union movement, helped establish the techniques (civil, above-board, conservative) of modern collective bargaining Samuel Gompers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Gompers
Samuel Gompers Memorial in
Venerable American television news anchor, producer, writer, musical composer, author and advertiser
Hugh Downs See MBC, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Hugh Downs
Two New York Times obits on the same day and page (the only two obits that day):
Fleur Cowles (Florence Freidman), painter, writer, Flair Magazine-publisher, celebrity hostess, who was known to be Jewish by almost no one
Fleur Cowles, 101, Is Dead; Friend of the Elite and
the Editor of a Magazine for Them - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/08/business/media/08cowles.html
American theatrical producer, incredibly prolific "Ruler of Broadway."
David Merrick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Merrick
David Merrick, 88, Showman Who Ruled Broadway, Dies -
The New York Times
"The Divine Sarah," legendary actress,"the most famous actress in the
history of the world"
Sarah Bernhardt in Boston, Mass, in 1877
Sarah Bernhardt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Bernhardt
Economist, writer, maven of the "efficient market" theory of investing
Peter L. Bernstein, Explainer of Risks of Stocks, Dies at 90
- Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/08/business/08bernstein.html
Barricade Books founder Lyle Stuart, publisher of the Turner Diaries (racist, anti-Semitic "bible" of Oklahoma City-bomber Tim McVeigh and other white racists, in which all Jews and non-whites are exterminated at the end); The Anarchist Cookbook; creator and publisher of oddball softporn Naked Came the Stranger; fiercely independent free-speech activist; Baccarat authority, gambler, and author of many books on gaming
Lyle Stuart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyle_Stuart
Creator of Esperanto, "the international language"
L. L. Zamenhof - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._L._Zamenhof
"Father of American Anthropology"
Franz Boas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Boas
"Father of the Nuclear Navy"
Hyman G. Rickover - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyman_Rickover
Polish patriot, statesman and historian; "pivotal figure" who helped bring Poland back to the free world after years of oppression by the Communists
Bronislaw Geremek, Who Helped End Communist Control
of Poland, Is Dead at 76 - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/14/world/europe/14geremek.html
Lisa Bonet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Bonet
American actress, "Denise Huxtable" on The Cosby Show, starring Bill Cosby as Dr. Huxtable and "Denise" as his first-born.
Brothers, American public servants and policy experts, fierce anti-Communists, helped put America in Vietnam and keep it there based on false but well-intended economic theories
Eugene Victor Debs Rostow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_V._Rostow
Walt Whitman Rostow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Rostow
Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, USN, ended flogging in the U.S. Navy
Uriah P. Levy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uriah_P._Levy
Paula Abdul - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Celebrity dancer, choreographer, glamorous American Idol judge
The Three Stooges - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_stooges
"Larry, Moe and Curly Joe" (and "Shep")
"Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Gummo and Zeppo," the Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marx_brothers
Groucho (Julius) Marx
Drs. Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin, pioneering medical researchers, inventors of separate Polio vaccines
Jonas Salk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Albert Sabin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Sabin
Craigslist's Craig: Craig Newmark
Craigslist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Google's makers: Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Google - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz (with Chris Hughes, who isn't Jewish)
Facebook - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reuters news service's Reuter:
Baron Paul d' Reuter, Paul Julius Freiherr von Reuter Reuters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuters
Born Yisroel Be'er Yosaphat, the son of a rabbi, he not only changed his name buthis religion, by converting to Christianity. But - a Jew is a Jew whether atheist, agnostic, Christian, or whatever. However, that man's children will probably not be Jewish - because they probably won't have a Jewish mother. Reuter's kids didn't.
American actress, model, singer, children's book author, best known for playing sultry "Ginger Grant" in TV's Gilligan's Island
Tina Louise - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_Louise
Canadian actor, radio broadcaster (as a CBC announcer/newsreader during World War II, called "the Voice of Canada" - also, "the Voice of Doom"), educator, television star, best known as "Ben Cartwright"/"Pa Cartwright" in TV's Bonanza
Lorne Greene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorne_Greene
Austrian and British moral philosopher, professor, author and leading 20th-century philosopher of science.
Karl Popper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Born to Jewish parents who converted to Christianity, raised as a Lutheran, he called himself an agnostic who "respected" the moral teachings of Judaism and Christianity. To the best of our knowledge, this world-renowned moral philosopher died without ever hearing of the Noahide Law, and never wrote a word about it.
Edward G. Robinson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_G._Robinson
"Little Caesar," Emanuel Goldenberg. Played "Dathan" in The Ten Commandments (1956), below right.
Frank Gehry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American architect, born Ephraim Owen Goldberg, Toronto 2/28/29
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain. Frank Gehry, architect
German patriot, Nobel Prize-winning chemist, "Father of chemical warfare"; worked with Max Born to discover and exploit the "Haber-Born cycle" for generating nitrogen - vital in the manufacture or both fertilizer and explosives, as well as liquid ammonia - from the atmosphere
Fritz Haber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Haber
German-American physicist, Nobel Prize-winning "Father of Quantum Mechanics," nuclear and computer scientist and, with Fritz Haber, chemist
Max Born - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Born
Aaron Spelling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Spelling
American soldier (WWII Bronze Star and Purple Heart), singer, actor, writer, film and theater and television director, creator and producer.
Probably best known for Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Melrose Place, The Mod Squad, Hart to Hart, Vega$, The Rookies, Family, T.J. Hooker, Hotel, The Colbys, Burke's Law, and S.W.A.T.
Norman Lear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Lear
American airman (WWII Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters), screenwriter, film and theater and television director, creator and producer
Probably best known for television situation comedies All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times, and Maude
In 1999, President Bill Clinton awarded the National Medal of Arts to Mr. Lear, saying that "Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it."
Hungarian physician, d. 1865, taught doctors to wash their hands
Ignaz Semmelweis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semmelweis
Robert Kahn, creator (with Bill Finger) of "Batman"
Bob Kane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Civil engineer, designer and poet, campaigned for, designed and engineered San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Joseph Strauss (engineer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Strauss_(engineer)
(Said to be a German-American, and so he was, but the Nazis would have killed him as a German-American Jew.)
George Gershwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gershwin
Yaakov Gershowitz, probably best known for Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm, Swanee, An American in Paris, Porgy and Bess
See The Official Website of George & Ira Gershwin http://www.gershwin.com/v1/launch.html
Everybody knows that Karl Marx was Jewish (raised as a Lutheran by Christian-convert parents, he famously, ignorantly, derided all religion as "the opium of the masses," showing particular dislike for Judaism and Jews) - but how about the founder of the Red Army and the Reds' winning commander-in-chief, Vladimir Lenin's second-in-command, enemy of Stalin. . . born Lev Davidovich Bronstein (who got "Trotsky," apparently, from the name of the warden of the main prison of Odessa)
Leon Trotsky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Trotsky
As the rabbis say, "The Trotskys make the revolutions and the Bronsteins suffer."
By Diego Rivera, detail of "Man, Controller of the
Universe" mural. Mexico City, 1934
Hard-rock vocalist, bassist, songwriter, actor and producer. Co-founded
the spectacularly successful hard-rock band
Gene Simmons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Simmons
American rock & roll songwriters, probably best known for Hound Dog, Yakety Yak, Kansas City, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Poison Ivy, Charlie Brown, Stand By Me, Jailhouse Rock, Love Potion No. 9, Young Blood, On Broadway, Spanish Harlem (by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector)
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Leiber_and_Mike_Stoller
Did you know that, besides contributing the central figure himself, the People of Israel have made considerable contributions to Christmas?
Christmas Songs Written by Jewish People
White Christmas - Irving Berlin
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Johnny Marks
Christmas Song - Mel Torme
The Grinch that Stole Christmas - Albert Hague
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow - Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne
Silver Bells - Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
(Credit for Silent Night, probably the best Christmas song, goes to Noahides)
The Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios , MGM
The Jews who "invented Hollywood," according to author Neal Gabler: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews
Invented Hollywood (www.amazon.com)
Ann Landers (advice column) -
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Esther "Eppie" Pauline Friedman Lederer, a.k.a. 'Ann Landers', 1961
Ann Landers's sister, Abby: Dear Abby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Miss Manners: Judith Martin -
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Two American pro-Obama people, and a leading figure on the other side
Senior Advisor to the President of the United States David Axelrod - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Axelrod
Chief of Staff to the President of the United States
Rahm Emanuel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahm_Emanuel
Rightwing author, announcer: anti-Obama, anti-Axelrod, anti-Rahm Emanuel, anti-Democratic Party, anti-gun control. . . . Mark Levin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Levin
Earnest Chair of Republican National Committee, George W. Bush appointee, friend of Karl Rove, former Harvard Law School classmate of (President) B. Obama
Ken Mehlman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Mehlman
"Master Builder" and city-shaping, freeway-raising, shoreline-changing, park-creating" longtime New York urban planner
Robert Moses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Moses
Robert Moses (1888 - 1981)
"The anti-Moses," helped inspire, lead and organize citizens' campaigns against Robert Moses' more egregious projects. Credited for making Toronto and New York City infinitely "more livable" after 1970. Author of "urban-planners' Bible," The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jane Jacobs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Jacobs
"Spiritual guru," New Age minister, lecturer, writer and celebrity
Marianne Williamson biography - Moviefone http://www.moviefone.com/celebrity/
Came to fame initially as a teacher and proponent of A Course in Miracles,
a book by Dr. Helen Schucman, an American Jewish psychologist and researcher who said she "scribed," over seven years, an "inner voice from the spirit of Jesus," which "channeled a new gospel" to her.
Australian-born professor of bio-ethics, author of Animal Liberation, "a touchstone of the animal liberation movement," and atheist, who helped shape and inspire PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and its "animal rights" argument
Peter Singer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Singer
British-born intellectual, probably America's leading atheist, very left-wing politically except when he's very politically right-wing, and the remarkably Torah-ignorant author of the bestselling God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
Christopher Hitchens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchins
Suze Orman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suze_Orman
Financial guru, celebrated TV host, motivational speaker, lesbian activist, author andfamily-finance expert
Dinah Shore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah_Shore
Dinah Shore, American actress, singer ("O, Susannah"), dancer, TV-host and producer, Singing pitch-lady for Chevrolet, "See the U.S.A., in your Chevrolet. . . "
American actor, voice actor, comedian, director. Played Indiana Jones's
son and as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers movies Shia LaBeouf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia_Leboeuf
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, inventors and manufacturers of Levi's Jeans, and other clothing by Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. - Heritage - History http://www.levistrauss.com/Heritage/History.aspx
Polo Ralph Lauren - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polo_Ralph_Lauren
Calvin Klein (fashion designer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Klein_(fashion_designer)
Donna Karan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_Karan
Frederick of Frederick's of Hollywood
Marc Jacobs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Jacobs
Casino-maker Steve Wynn (entrepreneur) - Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wynn_(entrepreneur)
Vidal Sassoon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vidal_sassoon
Helena Rubinstein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Rubinstein
Max Factor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Factor
Harry Potter in the Harry Potter movies
Daniel Radcliffe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Radcliffe
"I'm an atheist, but I'm very proud of being Jewish. It means I have a good work ethic, and you get Jewish humor and you're allowed to tell Jewish jokes." Craig McLean meets Harry Potter star
Daniel Radcliffe | Film | The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/jul/04/daniel-radcliffe
A priest, from the Bible's "kingdom of priests" (Exodus 19:6)
Catholic theologian, joined the early founders and helped (Saint)
Ignatius Loyola establish the Society of Jesus - the Jesuits. Served as the Jesuits' ambassador to the Pope; then the Jesuits' second Vicar-General, after Loyola; then their Superior-General; finally, upon St. Ignatius Loyola's death and then for many years thereafter, ran the Jesuits almost single-handedly.
Diego Laynez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Laynez
A rabbi, according to some Sunni Arabs; allegedly, a convert to Islam who is said to have created (or fostered the creation of) the Shi'ite movement in Islam
Abdullah Ibn Saba - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_Ibn_Saba
a recent Saudi Arabian sponsored-work, The Difference Between The Shiites and the Majority of Muslim Scholars, authored by Saeed Ismail, distributed in English and Arabic by the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY) in Alexandria, Virginia, "Abdullah ibn Saba'a, a Jew from Yemen," "planted Jewish ideas which become Shi’a Islam."
[We expect that the possession of "Jewish ideas" is not, in this context, meant to serve as flattery.]
Let my teachings drop as the rain. let my speech distill as the dew. Deuteronomy 32:2
U.S. Senator from Louisiana, chief speaker for the secessionists in Congress (famous "Let us part in peace" speech), Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and Attorney General of the Confederate States of America, said to be "the only man in the Confederate cabinent with brains." After the Civil War and his desperate escape from Union forces, a leading international barrister/lawyer in Britain.
Judah P. Benjamin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_P._Benjamin
Mel Blanc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blanc
"Man of a thousand voices," such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, etc.
Where did the Guggenheim Museums and the Guggenheim Foundation fellowships come from?
He started out as a tailor, an immigrant from Switzerland:
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum - Leadville, Colorado, minerals,
gems, history http://www.mininghalloffame.org/inductee.asp?i=32&b=
Wapedia - Wiki: Meyer Guggenheim http://wapedia.mobi/en/Meyer_Guggenheim
"Peg Bundy," Futurama's "Leela," singer, songwriter, writer
Katey Sagal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katey_Segal
Boston Celtics coach, "remembered as a pioneer of modern basketball, redefining basketball as a game dominated by team play and tough defense rather than individual feats and high scoring and introducing the fast
break as a potent offensive weapon. . . Auerbach was vital in breaking down
color barriers in the NBA. . . ." Red Auerbach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Auerbach
Another Basketball Hall of Famer and color-bar breaking pioneer: founded, owned and managed the Harlem Globetrotters
A Guide to the Abe Saperstein Harlem Globetrotters Papers, 1928-1991 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00442/cah-00442.html
Pioneering movie-makers, flamboyant directors (and baptized Christian Jews)
Cecil B. DeMille - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_B._De_Mille
Fritz Lang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Lang
American philanthropist, journalist and publisher (father of TV Guide, Seventeen Magazine, and - among other publications - The Daily Racing Form)
Walter Annenberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Annenberg
Painter, "Father of Impressionism," Jacob Abraham Camille Pissaro
Camille Pissarro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Pissarro
American showbusiness personality
Sophie Tucker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie_Tucker
See NYTimes article, "A Century Later She's Still Hot," Sun Aug 30, 09
Not just a typical songwriter
Stephen Sondheim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rodgers and Hart/Rodgers and Hammerstein
Richard Rodgers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Rodgers
Lorenz Hart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenz_Hart (pic of Rodgers&Hart)
Oscar Hammerstein I - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Hammerstein_I "Father of New York's Times Square Theater District (he brought the theatres there), grandfather of (the non Jewish) Oscar Hammerstein II (Richard Rodgers' collaborator)
Two obituaries, on the same day:
American food expert, the "mother of Metrecal, Cran-Apple Juice, Clamato Juice," etc. Sylvia Schur, Food Editor and Developer of Cran-Apple and Metrecal, Dies at 92
Dick Berg, TV Producer and Screenwriter, Dies at 87
French industrialist, automotive pioneer, aviation pioneer, and - among other things - designer of the Paris traffic-control system
André Citroën - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Citro%C3%ABn
American blogger, founder of "The Drudge Report"
Matt Drudge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Drudge
Creator and editor of the Drudge Report, a news aggregation website in the United States. Drudge is described as being American conservative, populist, and libertarian.
American television personality/reporter
Larry King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_King
American television personality/reporter, former mayor of Cincinnati
Jerry Springer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Springer
American television personality/reporter
Maury Povich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maury_Povich
American television journalist
Mike Wallace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Wallace_(journalist)
American patriot, "Financier of the American Revolution." Described (by the U.S. Postal Service on the back of a U.S. commemorative stamp) as: "Financial Hero - Businessman and broker Haym Solomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse."
Haym Solomon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haym_Solomon
Washington center, Robert Morris
left, Haym (Chaim) Solomon right
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