Holy Phylacteries, Batman!

Yeah yeah, all modern superheroes are secretly Jewish, blah blah blah. We’ve heard before.

Superman? Super-Jew.
X-Men? X-Jews.
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.

Batman Tfillin

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Yup, that’s Batman, wearing tefillin, comforting a hospital patient (face obscured). Check out Crownheights.info for the whole story, and more pics.


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.)

Who knew?


 Cover image by Al Jaffee for MAD Magazine, via

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7 Responses

  1. TruthSeeker

    That photo was lifted from the Chai Lifeline Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ChaiLifelinePage). Please give proper attribution. Thanks.

  2. TruthSeeker

    There is ONE tefillin wearing Batman. He was at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in Florida. :-)

  3. RochelM

    RAFISS, if you read the story reported by crownheights.info, it says it’s about the Chabad Shliach in Florida. Folks, what’s so bad about two places reporting the same thing? You’re making a machlokes when there isn’t one. More than that, if there IS two Batman (men??) doing it, then kol hadavod, no?

  4. TTC

    well clearly this “editor” didnt even pay attention to what he was copy and pasting or he wouldn’t think and insist coral springs was the same as crown heights brooklyn. the photo itself came from one place, the story came from another. its the same batman in both stories in the same place. he has been in the news alot lately.


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