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    Elvis Presley

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    January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

    Shake those hips and sing Hava Nagila, the King is one of us! Or... is he?

    If it was only so simple. One theory states that Elvis had a Jewish maternal great-great-great-grandmother, which would make him Jewish in the Halachical sense. The other theory states that that great- (let's skip a few greats) grandmother was a myth, a figment of the imagination of a delusional relative who lied to a biographer.

    Alas, it is the second theory that is true. However, Elvis definitely showed some reverence for the chosen people. As a child, he was a shabbos goy for a rabbi neighbor. As an adult, he donated to Jewish charities. He even wore a Chai necklace (sometimes paired with a cross), saying "I don't want to miss out on going to heaven on a technicality." (Of course, if he really was Jewish, he'd know that our concept of heaven quite differs from the Christian one. But can't blame a guy for trying.)

    And you can't blame us for wanting Elvis on our team. We certainly would prefer him to that OTHER Jew known as "The King", right?

    (Editor's update: We're fully aware of claims and even "proof" that Elvis had Jewish lineage. However, actual genealogical research has shown otherwise. So, Not a Jew.)

    Verdict: Sadly, Not a Jew.

    November 13, 2006

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