Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jewish Star Wars

The following is an interesting development to the Star Wars saga. Who knew? This comes from New Voices.
I began working through the Jedi Order from top down, starting with Yoda and Mace Windu. Both are the epitome of monastic. They quietly observe, trying always to remain detached and objective. But in my experience, Jewish people are not reserved, and they are certainly not quiet.

Jewish people are more aptly described as passionate and opinionated, characteristics displayed by Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker. All three portrayed rebellious streaks and were not afraid to express their feelings to their superiors. Among them, I think Kenobi appears most Jewish, not least because of his timely wit and brain power. He also has a penchant for sarcasm, thought-provoking questions, and dispute settlement (maybe his father dabbled in Galactic Law). On top of all that, the rabbinical-style beard he kept for most of his life all but confirms his Jewish ancestry.
As a Jew, I always find it interesting to go deeper into a movie to find things like this. I never identified the Jedi to be Jewish but they appear to have Jewish traits...

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