On the seventh night of Chanukah, Moses gave to me, the poems of Shel Silverstein. When I was younger, I gravitated towards Shel Silverstein’s poems because of the silly pictures and the silly nature of the poems themselves. In my head, I never imagined that he could be Jewish. I was the only Jewish kid in my class, and my Hebrew School class wasn’t that big. I figured that Jewish people were few and far between. Continue reading Night 7 of Chanukah: Shel Silverstien→
There are many prominent Jewish authors, and over the last seven nights, we’ve covered quite a diverse bunch. As tonight is the final night, and we light all eight (really nine) candles, I’d like to share one of my favorite collections of authors: an anthology edited by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace called People of the Book.
One of my non-Jewish friends recently made a joke about Jewish holidays: “They’re all: ‘We survived; let’s eat!'” She wasn’t entirely wrong. Jews have been persecuted and attacked for thousands of years, and yet we’re still here, resilient as ever, and always ready to party down and eat.
Recent current events have brought to mind arguably the worst tragedy in Jewish history: the Holocaust. All over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, people are connecting Trump’s ideas to Hitler’s. It’s a scary time in our world right now — and the only way I find I can escape is through books; more specifically, comic books.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them! I don’t love how little attention Jewish characters get for being awesome characters, in the same way that female characters do. However, one female character got to be beautiful and popular and Jewish, a rarity in films.
Generally, when people think of Jewish comic book characters, they immediately think of Magneto, but he’s not the only mutant who is one of the chosen people. I do think that characters being Jewish mutants is a bit of a redundancy, as mutants in the X-Men series are a metaphor for many of the trials faced by the Jewish people, but as their history is a warped version of ours, the Holocaust still happened, but was even worse for the Jewish mutants such as Erik.
My favorite X-Men, in no small part because she’s Jewish, is…
Tonight, the geeky wins out over the courageous. I’ve got a character who is so passionate about her love of musical theater, it’s hard to be friends with her if you don’t also love theater. She IS courageous in her ability to follow her heart, even though it may take patience and risks.
Dinah Shore, Goldie Hawn (half), Ann Landers, and Dear Abby might sound familiar to you. That’s because they’re the women Adam Sandler mentions in the original Hanukah song. That’s less than half of the number of men he mentions.
That being the case, I bring you Night 2’s courageous geeky Jew:
The original story of Hanukah is about men who fight other men to defend the Jewish way of life. One theme of this holiday that is talked about repeatedly is courage.
A small band of men stood up to a well prepared, well equipped army and won. That takes a lot of courage. The Jewish people have consistently been courageous throughout history. There are tattooed people and tattooed Torahs to prove that.
When I googled lists of famous Jewish people in works of fiction, most of the lists were filled with men.
However, the courageous, geeky, Jewish women are out there, fictional and real, and I’ve picked my 8 favorites to share.