Monday, October 2, 2006

What Will Spider-Man Do On Yom Kippur?

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Jews all over the world are celebrating Yom Kippur today (Oct. 2) and one rabbi says he wouldn’t be surprised to see Spider-Man at a synagogue.

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein says many classic superheroes were created by Jews and their culture seeps through each page.

He jokes: “A lot of Jewish names end in ‘man’: Greenman, Goldman, Superman.”

Weinstein also says there is a parallel between Superman and Moses – both were sent away by their parents for their own survival. Plus, some Captain America storylines allude to the Jews’ exodus from Egypt.

However, he says Spider-Man is a truly devout Jew and figures Peter Parker’s love of scholarly pursuits and his massive guilt should be proof enough.

Weinstein discusses the links between Judaism and superheroes in his new book, Up, Up And Oy Vey! (Leviathan Press).

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