Yeah yeah, all modern superheroes are secretly Jewish, blah blah blah. We’ve heard before.
Batman…well, you get the idea.
Except, it turns out the Caped Crusader really is Jewish. As reported by Crownheights.info:
While visiting a terminally ill girl from his community, Shliach [Communal emissary] in Coral Springs Rabbi Avraham Friedman encountered the fictional character batman in the flesh, who was also visiting terminal patients and raising their sprits…
… The Rabbi reacted in surprise, to which the masked man said “Yes! I am a member of the tribe too!”
What happened next was pretty genuinely touching.
UPDATE: Well, looks like we were wrong. The above image was actually taken in Florida, as reported by Chai Lifeline. This means that there are two tefillin-wearing Batmen out there visiting hospitals (Or, one Batman who pulls double duty between Brooklyn and Florida.)
Cover image by Al Jaffee for MAD Magazine, via