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Jews and Words: HAVA, The Lox and Eckstein Revealed

With 2002′s Help America Vote Act coming into play in Tuesday’s election, let’s take a look at HAVA’s brethren in the fraternity of stuff with Jewish-sounding names that aren’t actually Jewish: The Lox: The rap trio scored a minor hit … Read More

By / November 3, 2008

With 2002′s Help America Vote Act coming into play in Tuesday’s election, let’s take a look at HAVA’s brethren in the fraternity of stuff with Jewish-sounding names that aren’t actually Jewish:

  • The Lox: The rap trio scored a minor hit in 1998 with "Money, Power & Respect," but actually have nothing to do with the salty delicacy with which they share their name.
  • David Eckstein: Rocking the requisite "-stein" on the end of his surname, the diminutive shortstop has been criticized for playing on Yom Kippur despite his status as a confirmed gentile.
  • Gollum: The swap thing of Lord of the Rings fame sounds suspiciously close to the legendary creature of Jewish folklore, but has probably never recited the Shema or pledged his love of Hashem.
  • Shool: 1999 Bollywood cop-drama features no references to it’s Semitic counterpart, Shul.
  • Milk & Honey: A members-only gentlemen’s club in London that likely does not serve kreplach.
  • Numb3rs: While sporting a Jewish leadng man in David Krumholtz, the CBS drama is loaded with pithy dialogue and heart-wrenching drama while lacking in anything relating to the fourth book of the Old Testament.