Hanukkah Sameach! Eight superheroes who celebrate Hanukkah

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Happy Hanukkah!

In honor of this Jewish celebration which ends this week, we wanted to share with you a list of eight superheroes in comic books who you may not have known were Jewish, or of Jewish descent. Superheroes celebrate their holidays too! Not just Christmas! So, here are some of them:

1. Ben Grimm aka The Thing (Marvel)

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First mentioned in an Marvel’s Fantastic Four issue called ‘Remembrance of Things Past’, Ben is identified as a practicing Jew. Created by Jewish comic book writer Jack Kirby, Grimm was born in the Lower East Side in New York to a poor Jewish family. The Thing has davens for a fallen comrade, worn a yarmulke, and says Jewish prayers. In the story, Grimm runs into a pawn shop owner, Shackberg, who he knew since he was a child. They recite the Kaddish prayer together. Due to the stigma of superheroes having religions, it took 40 years before The Thing’s religion was confirmed.

2 – Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat (Marvel)

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One of the most outspoken Jews, Kitty Pryde of Marvel’s X-Men does not hide the fact she is Jewish. Proudly wearing the Star of David in the Ultimate X-Men comics, Kitty never shys away from revealing her heritage. In an issue of Unlimited X-Men, Kitty was shown performing Yartzeit for her deceased boyfriend Colossus. Also, in The Uncanny X-Men #159, Kitty was able to repel Dracular away because of her Star of David necklace.

3 – Ruth Bat-Seraph aka Sabra (Marvel)

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Born and raised in Jerusalem, Isreal, and on a special kibbutz by the Israeli government, Sabra was the first superhuman agent to serve the Israeli secret service, Mossad. First appearing in Incredible Hulk #256, she battled The Hulk thinking he was working with Arab terrorists in Israel. Even her name Sabra means both a native of Israel and a kind of prickly pear – like her powers. Also, check out her outfit.

4 – Rory Regan aka Ragman (DC Comics)

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Tied to DC Comic’s Golem – derived from the Jewish folklore ‘Golem of Prague’, Rory Regan became the Ragman. Clothed in a mystical patchwork of evildoer souls (the Suit of Souls) that were punished, he patrols and protect the city of Gotham. He sometimes works with Batman and the Green Lantern.

5 – Chaim Lavon aka Seraph (DC Comics)

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DC’s Chaim Lavon was a Jewish school teacher and superhero from Israel. After obtaining his powers – gifted by divine powers of the strength of Samson, the ring of Solomon, the Staff of Moses, and the Mantle of Elijah, he fought for the Global Guardians and Superman. He was so faithful to his Jewish heritage that he declined an offering from the Queen of Bialya since it was an Islamic state.

6 – Kate Kane aka Batwoman (DC Comics)

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Socialite Kate Kane is from one of the richest families in Gotham, basically owning everything that Bruce Wayne did not. Kane was the on and off again lover of detective Renee Montoya, who she was shown to be celebrating Hanukkah with in 52 #33.

7 – Leonard Skivorski Jr. aka Leonard Samson aka Doc Samson (Marvel)

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Samson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a Jewish family and even attending yeshiva. After becoming a college professor and psychiatrist, Samson was exposed to some of Hulk’s siphoned radiation, which caused him to have superpowers, turning his hair green and long – like the biblical Samson. His religion was also used in Marvel Holiday Special 1992 where he talked to a yeshiva class.

8 – Albert Rothstein aka Nuklon aka Atom Smasher (DC Comics)

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As a tribute to his friend and fellow comic book writer Allan Rothstein, Atom Smasher co-creator Roy Thomas established Atom Smasher to be Jewish. In one of the comics, he tells his fellow Justice League colleague Fire, who had expressed an interest in him, that they couldn’t be serious because he had to marry a Jewish girl – although that hasn’t stopped him from his other relationships.

There you have it! Did you know they were Jewish? Name some that we may have missed.

Until then… HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!

Source: Adherents

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