Culture, Identity

Happy Birthday to the King of the Jews

No, not that one.
Today would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday. As any visitor to Graceland remembers, Elvis was a friend to the Jews. And as any anti-Semite with too much free time knows, he was also a close relative. (Okay, even the pro-Semites have written a book along these lines: Schmelvis: In Search of Elvis Presley’s Jewish Roots.) Now, I don’t believe that someone’s halakhic status as maternally Jewish matters a whit if the individual doesn’t self-identity as an MOT. But I do believe that when an opportunity to celebrate arises, one should take advantage. So today, the Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches are on me (if you can make it to my place in Boston by 1 pm today)!


3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to the King of the Jews

  1. Actually, Elvis’ roadie (the one who coined the phrase “Elvis has left the building”) is Jewish too! (I know this because he’s a childhood friend/former bandmate’s grandfather. The roadie I mean) Every year the family has a sort of Elvis Yahrzeit pilgrimage to Graceland and/or Vegas.

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