Nine years ago, Mordechai Jefferson Carver, better known as “The Hebrew Hammer,” became a modern Jewish hero after saving Chanukah from the evil son of Santa Clause. The low-budget Jewish blaxploitation film — featuring Adam Goldberg as the Hammer, Judy Greer as his love interest Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal, Andy Dick as evil Damian Claus and others —… More ▸
By Uri Fintzy
Football is finally back! Tonight, as the Dallas Cowboys face the reigning champions New York Giants and as the weekend is fast approaching with a slate of exciting games (and fantasy outcomes, if you’re me), allow yourself some time to reflect (you should always reflect, it just feels good) and think about the members of the Jewish faith who will be there, on the gridiron, wearing helmets and guards, tackling every monster on their way. Also, think about their mothers, who are probably worried sick about their kids getting hurt out there.
There are currently nine Jewish (or half-Jewish) active professional football players:
Team: Chicago Bears
Position: Offensive Tackle
Nickname: “Bear Jew”
Honors: Recipient of the Marty Glickman Award as Male Jewish Athlete of the Year
Trivia: Carimi fasted on Yom Kippur of 2007, which lasted until an hour before Wisconsin played Iowa. (JTA article) More ▸
By Uri Fintzy
Memorial Day is this Monday, so we thought the right thing to do would be to pay tribute to five American Jewish soldiers from the big screen:
1. Noah Ackerman (“The Young Lions”)
Played by Montgomery Clift in the 1958 film, Noah Ackerman was a young Jew from the Bronx forced to deal with anti-Semitism coming from the enemy — but also in his own ranks. In a very emotional ending scene, Ackerman was forced to confront the horrors of the Holocaust as his company liberates a Nazi death camp. Added bonus: The movie also features Marlon Brando and Dean Martin.
Find out who the rest are after the jump. More ▸
With “Inglourious Basterds,” add acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino to the long list of filmmakers who can’t resist making their own World War II fantasy-action flick. More ▸