It's time for another installment of our "Ask Jew or Not Jew" feature, where young readers write in for advice. Here's a letter we recently received.
Dear Jew or Not Jew, I'm running for class president in a school with many Jews. Should I claim I'm a quarter Jewish or something? Will that help me get any votes? — Abigail Hansen, 17, Millburn, New Jersey
Oh Abigail, Abigail, Abigail...
Politicians claiming Jewish heritage for votes is an American tradition! And we say "American", we're not limiting it to the US. Take a look at Brazil, where President Dilma Rousseff claimed she is part Jewish.
Did it help Dilma? We doubt it. Brazil's Jewish population is 100,000 in a land of 200 million. Of course, she won anyway, and is now... universally hated, with approval rating hovering below 10%.
Now, you say your school is more Jewish than Brazil... But here's our advice:
If you need to claim you're Jewish to run for office, maybe you shouldn't run in the first place.