Monday, April 30, 2007

Is Spider-Man Jewish?

BROOKYLN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Everyone knows Spider- Man swings from skyscrapers, but one rabbi from Brooklyn, New York, says “Spidey” is secretly fiddling on the roof.

Say shalom to Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of Up, Up, and Oy Vey! (Leviathan), a book that discusses the link between Judaism and superheroes.

But Weinstein says the kosher connection is especially strong with Spider-Man and his alter-ego Peter Parker, and claims folks at Marvel Comics always assumed he was Jewish, even if it wasn’t overtly expressed in the comic books.

That’s why he compares the synagogue superhero to Jewish celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Woody Allen, and adds: “Spider-Man is motivated by guilt. Scholars say this is a post-Holocaust guilt.”

But Spidey isn’t the only superhero who answers to a higher authority.

Weinstein adds that Superman’s alien name “Kal-El” is Hebrew for “vessel of God.”

As the rabbi puts it, “Every superhero has some Jewish.”

By the way, Spider-Man 3 hits theaters on Friday (May 4).

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