History Main / AmbiguouslyJewish

28th Apr '16 11:00:19 AM TVRulezAgain
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* The Baudelaire orphans of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are Jewish, according to [[http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2007/2007-02/200702-Handler.html this interview by Daniel Handler]]. Count Olaf uses expressions like "Truth, Schmuth", and has on at least one occasion disguised himself as a rabbi.

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* The Baudelaire orphans of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' are Jewish, according to [[http://www.momentmag.com/Exclusive/2007/2007-02/200702-Handler.html this interview by Daniel Handler]]. Count Olaf uses expressions like "Truth, Schmuth", and has on at least one occasion disguised himself as a rabbi.
23rd Apr '16 6:53:31 AM Anddrix
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* Q from ''Literature/PaperTowns'' calls his car the Dreidel, his parents discuss politics in Israel and Palestine at one point, and his Dad mentions knowing Hebrew.

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* Q from ''Literature/PaperTowns'' calls his car the Dreidel, mentions that he wants to say Kaddish for a dead raccoon, his parents discuss politics in Israel and Palestine at one point, and his Dad mentions knowing Hebrew.
21st Apr '16 4:19:05 PM Katsuhagi
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** "Levi"/"Levy" and "Cohan"/"Cohane"/"Caan" are also Irish (cf. George M. Cohan, whose second wife was, by the by, named "Ethel Levey"). A lot of [[IrishmanAndAJew crackpots on both sides of the Celto-Semitic ethnicity line]] desperately want this to be proof that the Irish, especially the Black Irish, are one or more of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Further "proof" is that until the latest extended trend of exogamy, Celts (including the non-Irish ones) and Jews were the only ethnic groups to have, in their gene pools, the genetic trait that causes redheadedness.
*** Gingers are common in Finland. Redheads have very fair skin, almost always lighter than non-redheads. This is an advantage in northern latitudes and very rainy countries, where sunlight is sparse, as lighter skin improves the absorption of sunlight, which is vital for the production of vitamin D by the body.

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** "Levi"/"Levy" and "Cohan"/"Cohane"/"Caan" are also Irish (cf. George M. Cohan, whose second wife was, by the by, named "Ethel Levey"). A lot of [[IrishmanAndAJew crackpots on both sides of the Celto-Semitic ethnicity line]] desperately want this to be proof that the Irish, especially the Black Irish, are one or more of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Further "proof" is that until the latest extended trend of exogamy, Celts (including the non-Irish ones) and Jews were one of the only few ethnic groups to have, in their gene pools, the genetic trait that causes redheadedness.
*** Gingers are common in Finland. Redheads have very fair skin, almost always lighter than non-redheads. This is an advantage in northern latitudes and very rainy countries, where sunlight is sparse, as lighter skin improves the absorption of sunlight, which is vital for the production of vitamin D by the body.
redheadedness.
9th Apr '16 1:31:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* Buddy Sorrell on ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' was originally one of these... until they eliminated all doubt by having an episode about his Bar Mitzvah. Also a very early example of VerySpecialEpisode.
* At least some people think that ''JerryAndMillie'' (especially Millie) were supposed to be Jewish.

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* Buddy Sorrell on ''TheDickVanDykeShow'' ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' was originally one of these... until they eliminated all doubt by having an episode about his Bar Mitzvah. Also a very early example of VerySpecialEpisode.
* At least some people think that ''JerryAndMillie'' ''Series/JerryAndMillie'' (especially Millie) were supposed to be Jewish.



* Brodie on ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' was never confirmed Jewish, but in the episode "Kaddish", which focuses heavily on the religion of Jewish cop John Munch, he knows a great deal about Jewish burial rites. Ironically, a peeved Munch had once said of Brodie that he knew what the "JH" stood for, with the implied answer being "Jew hater."
* Kipp Steadman on ''LessThanPerfect''. He'd occasionally use "shalom" as a greeting. Also, at one point, the main character threatened to tell his boss that he doesn't go the synagogue on Friday evenings, to which he responded with "Oy vey".

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* Brodie on ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' was never confirmed Jewish, but in the episode "Kaddish", which focuses heavily on the religion of Jewish cop John Munch, he knows a great deal about Jewish burial rites. Ironically, a peeved Munch had once said of Brodie that he knew what the "JH" stood for, with the implied answer being "Jew hater."
* Kipp Steadman on ''LessThanPerfect''.''Series/LessThanPerfect''. He'd occasionally use "shalom" as a greeting. Also, at one point, the main character threatened to tell his boss that he doesn't go the synagogue on Friday evenings, to which he responded with "Oy vey".
9th Mar '16 6:55:58 AM Prfnoff
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* Lots of characters in Creator/MelBrooks' movies (not counting the ones who are ''explicitly'' Jewish). Not a surprise, as Brooks is proudly Jewish himself and loves referencing Jewish/Yiddish culture.

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* Lots of characters in Creator/MelBrooks' movies (not counting the ones who are ''explicitly'' Jewish).Jewish), especially ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''. Not a surprise, as Brooks is proudly Jewish himself and loves referencing Jewish/Yiddish culture.
8th Mar '16 9:51:53 AM Prfnoff
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* Ali Hakim in ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'', who is supposed to be Persian. The role was originally played by Yiddish actor Joseph Buloff.
** In the original play, ''Green Grow the Lilacs'', the character was explicitly Jewish, but in the wake of WW II, such stereotypes were no longer funny.
*** In real life, the character was based on a Syrian Christian, whose family later went on to found a dry goods store in Tulsa, which later became a high-end department store. Since [[RealityIsUnrealistic it's hard to imagine an ethnic Arab in frontier-era America]], it's understandable why his background was fudged.

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* Ali Hakim in ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'', who is supposed to be Persian. The role part was originally played by Yiddish actor Joseph Buloff.
** In
Buloff, and in the original play, ''Green Grow the Lilacs'', the character was explicitly Jewish, but in the wake of WW II, such stereotypes were no longer funny.
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Jewish. In real life, RealLife, the character was based on a Syrian Christian, whose family later went on to found a dry goods store in Tulsa, which later became a high-end department store. Since [[RealityIsUnrealistic it's hard to imagine an ethnic Arab in frontier-era America]], it's understandable why his background was fudged.
6th Mar '16 3:32:14 PM JohnnyLurg
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* Eugene Felsnic from ''Film/{{Grease}}'', who would double as JewishAndNerdy.
25th Feb '16 1:18:29 AM erforce
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* It's hard not to suspect that Jake Gittes, the AntiHero portrayed by Creator/JackNicholson in ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' and ''The Two Jakes'', is a closeted Jew, given hints here and there in both films. Not only is his nose famously targeted by a knife-wielding thug, but his last name sounds like it could be Ashkenazi (and on two occasions the BigBad in ''Chinatown'' [[MyNameIsNotDurwood mispronounces the surname "Gitz"]], making it sound even more Ashkenazi) and his dark hair and eyes distinguish him from most of the Caucasian population of Los Angeles in the 1930s and '40s (which was famously of fair-haired Midwestern stock before more "ethnic" whites began arriving after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). There's more: When Jake investigates the retirement home, he asks the owner if they "accept people of the Jewish persuasion" (they don't); while this question is part of his cover story of possibly sending his father (supposedly a [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]] who won't abide being put up in a home with non-Aryans) to live in the home, it's still strange that he would bring up the subject when he didn't absolutely have to. In ''The Two Jakes'', Jake (Gittes, that is) complains to Jake Berman (Creator/HarveyKeitel) that Lou Escobar, his old partner on the police force, has been denied a home loan in a neighborhood for which Berman is a realtor due to his Mexican descent. While this could simply be a case of sticking up for an old colleague, it's hard not to shake the suspicion that Gittes is thinking ''he'' wouldn't be welcome in that neighborhood either - which only becomes more likely when Berman, who is explicitly stated to be Jewish, says that [[BoomerangBigot he couldn't sell a home to]] ''[[BoomerangBigot himself]]'', [[BoomerangBigot or to anyone in his family, in that same neighborhood]].

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* It's hard not to suspect that Jake Gittes, the AntiHero portrayed by Creator/JackNicholson in ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' and ''The Two Jakes'', ''Film/TheTwoJakes'', is a closeted Jew, given hints here and there in both films. Not only is his nose famously targeted by a knife-wielding thug, but his last name sounds like it could be Ashkenazi (and on two occasions the BigBad in ''Chinatown'' [[MyNameIsNotDurwood mispronounces the surname "Gitz"]], making it sound even more Ashkenazi) and his dark hair and eyes distinguish him from most of the Caucasian population of Los Angeles in the 1930s and '40s (which was famously of fair-haired Midwestern stock before more "ethnic" whites began arriving after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). There's more: When Jake investigates the retirement home, he asks the owner if they "accept people of the Jewish persuasion" (they don't); while this question is part of his cover story of possibly sending his father (supposedly a [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]] who won't abide being put up in a home with non-Aryans) to live in the home, it's still strange that he would bring up the subject when he didn't absolutely have to. In ''The Two Jakes'', Jake (Gittes, that is) complains to Jake Berman (Creator/HarveyKeitel) that Lou Escobar, his old partner on the police force, has been denied a home loan in a neighborhood for which Berman is a realtor due to his Mexican descent. While this could simply be a case of sticking up for an old colleague, it's hard not to shake the suspicion that Gittes is thinking ''he'' wouldn't be welcome in that neighborhood either - which only becomes more likely when Berman, who is explicitly stated to be Jewish, says that [[BoomerangBigot he couldn't sell a home to]] ''[[BoomerangBigot himself]]'', [[BoomerangBigot or to anyone in his family, in that same neighborhood]].



* In addition to exaggerating the Penguin's already Jewish-like traits as described above, screenwriter Daniel Waters gave Max Shreck, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and tertiary villain of ''Film/BatmanReturns'', some Ambiguously Jewish characteristics (most notably [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage a few Yiddish expressions]] [[AllThereInTheScript slipped into the script]], including ''goniffs'' ("thieves"), although these were dropped in the actual film. Max's portrayer, Creator/ChristopherWalken, is actually a Methodist of mixed British and German descent, although he ''is'' a native New Yorker and reportedly knows some Yiddish (and said that he based his characterization of Max on Meyer Wolfsheim, the Jewish gambler in ''TheGreatGatsby'', even asking director Creator/TimBurton for a pair of cuff links made from human molars, as an actor playing Wolfsheim wore in one of the ''Gatsby'' film adaptations). Andrew Bryniarski, who played Max's son Chip in that movie, is of Russian descent, so he could easily be Jewish. The novelization, however, mentions that their family celebrates Christmas.

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* In addition to exaggerating the Penguin's already Jewish-like traits as described above, screenwriter Daniel Waters gave Max Shreck, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and tertiary villain of ''Film/BatmanReturns'', some Ambiguously Jewish characteristics (most notably [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage a few Yiddish expressions]] [[AllThereInTheScript slipped into the script]], including ''goniffs'' ("thieves"), although these were dropped in the actual film. Max's portrayer, Creator/ChristopherWalken, is actually a Methodist of mixed British and German descent, although he ''is'' a native New Yorker and reportedly knows some Yiddish (and said that he based his characterization of Max on Meyer Wolfsheim, the Jewish gambler in ''TheGreatGatsby'', ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', even asking director Creator/TimBurton for a pair of cuff links made from human molars, as an actor playing Wolfsheim wore in one of the ''Gatsby'' film adaptations). Andrew Bryniarski, who played Max's son Chip in that movie, is of Russian descent, so he could easily be Jewish. The novelization, however, mentions that their family celebrates Christmas.
7th Feb '16 6:11:08 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Chase Stein's religious background has never been revealed, but his last name ''is'' Stein, and his longest known relationship was with Gert Yorkes, who was explicitly Jewish.
6th Feb '16 9:08:33 PM nombretomado
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* Though it's never mentioned, both Niles and Daphne's failed spouses on {{Frasier}}, Mel and Donnie, who play a large role in season 7, appear to be Jewish. Both are played by Jewish actors who have a stereotypically Jewish "look" (the actor who played Donnie, Saul Rubinek, has played Henry Kissinger in the past) Mel's last name is "Karnofsky," and both have high-paying, elite jobs often stereotyped with Jews (surgeon and lawyer). Since the Cranes are portrayed as quite irreligious, and since the show has come under fire for its lack of cast diversity, it's possible the ambiguity was an intentional effort to add some non-consequential multiculturalism.

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* Though it's never mentioned, both Niles and Daphne's failed spouses on {{Frasier}}, ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Mel and Donnie, who play a large role in season 7, appear to be Jewish. Both are played by Jewish actors who have a stereotypically Jewish "look" (the actor who played Donnie, Saul Rubinek, has played Henry Kissinger in the past) Mel's last name is "Karnofsky," and both have high-paying, elite jobs often stereotyped with Jews (surgeon and lawyer). Since the Cranes are portrayed as quite irreligious, and since the show has come under fire for its lack of cast diversity, it's possible the ambiguity was an intentional effort to add some non-consequential multiculturalism.
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