Green Lantern is a Jew Comparing Mizzou racism and campus anti-Semitism Matzah balls with weed

Here’s what we’re reading: First, superhero Green Lantern is a Jew! Second, a very serious question about racist incidents at University of Missouri and anti-Semitic campus incidents in general. And finally, matzah balls with weed in them. Oh, yes.

Hal Jordan, the most well known character to take up the Green Lantern mantle in DC Comics, is a matrilineal Jew (his father is Catholic, his mother Jewish). Check out these panels from the latest issue of the Justice League comic book, a flash back that highlights Jordan’s mixed Jewish-Catholic heritage.

Hal Jordan: Green Lantern and matrilineal Jew

“Would University of Missouri students have needed to go to such extremes if they were Jewish?” asks the headline of this L.A. Times opinion piece by Matthew Fleischer. He contrasts the inaction of Mizzou when faced with racist incidents “with what happened at UC Davis this year when a lone swastika was found painted on a Jewish fraternity house.”

“UC Davis officials issued an immediate condemnation, the local Anti-Defamation League offered a $2,500 reward to find the perpetrator, and Davis police launched a hate crime investigation.”

And then there’s these matzah balls. J. contributor Alix Wall wrote about Denver-based chef Joshua Pollack’s pot-infused salmon and matzah balls last month. For the Forward, Wall recently wrote a little more about Pollack’s high-minded delectables and their presence at a recent Hazon Jewish food conference in Colorado:

“The session had the blessing of Hazon’s founder and president Nigel Savage, who, before addressing the group later that evening, told those assembled, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever tried to teach Torah to a group who is mostly stoned.'”

David A.M. Wilensky
David A.M. Wilensky

David A.M. Wilensky is interim associate editor of J. He previously served as assistant editor and digital editor, and is a member of the board of the American Jewish Press Association. He can be reached at [email protected].