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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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jewish-st-patrick1Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

They say that EVERYONE is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  Even Jews.  And, I would assume that goes for Chinese people too.

But, are there any “real” Irish Jews?

According to one legend the Irish are actually descended from 7 Jewish maidens (and pre-Celtic men) who survived a shipwreck off the Green Island of Eire.

In fact, there are many Famous Irish Jews, here are a few you might know:

  • Robert Briscoe, member of the Irish Republican Army during the Anglo-Irish War and twice Lord Mayor of Dublin (1956 and 1961).
  • Ben Briscoe (son of Robert Briscoe), former Fianna Fáil T.D. and Lord Mayor of Dublin (1988).
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, actor (an Irish citizen with Jewish mother).
  • Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Ireland from 1919 to 1937, later of Palestine and Israel.
  • Chaim Herzog, sixth President of Israel.
  • Sir Otto Jaffe, Lord Mayor of Belfast (1899 and 1904).
  • Max Nurok, Israeli Consul-General to Australia, subsequently Israel’s first Ambassador to Australia.

Here’s my recommendation for the perfect holiday meal:

  • Boiled Chicken wrapped in Cabbage
  • Corned Beef Dumplings
  • Corned Beef with Chinese Vegetables
  • Potato pancakes
  • Green Fortune Cookies

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

–Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)


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