Is Superman Jewish? Many classic comic books such as Superman, Captain America, and The Fantastic Four were created by Jews. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein explores what compels Jews to create superheroes by walking us... through a history of comics by writers who often came from Yiddish-speaking immigrant families. Like the superheroes they created, these writers understood the experience of having different identities at home and work. By examining comic books through a Jewish lens, Rabbi Weinstein highlights the themes of the Jewish immigrant experience that comics reveal, and argues that although Superman is not Jewish, his values are.See lessSee more
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When I was a boy, I had a religious-school teacher named Mr. Spector, whose job was to confront us with the peril we presented to ourselves. Jewish Ethics was the name of the class. We must have been eight or nine.
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Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is the best-selling author of Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero and Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century. He has appeared on CNN and NPR, and has been profiled in leading publications, including the New York Times and London Guardian. A syndicated columnist, he writes for the Jerusalem Post, JTA, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Condé Nast, and many others. He chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute and was recently voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi” by PBS affiliate Channel 13. His latest book is The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better.