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    Michael Caine

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    (Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Jr.)
    March 14, 1933 —

    Our grandparents spoke fluent Yiddish to each other.

    Our parents could understand it.

    We know a few words.

    Our children... we doubt it.

    Yiddish is certainly a dying language. Sure, we have Hebrew, but it just can't match Yiddish's grotesque beauty. Schmendrik. Schmaltz. Schnorrer. Schmutz.

    Of course, speaking Yiddish doesn't make one Jewish. Take two-time Oscar-winning British actor Sir Michael Caine. Grew up in a Jewish neighborhood. Fluent in Yiddish. Yet, not a Jew.

    Well, at least he could tell grandpa to pass the gefilte fish.

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    November 5, 2008

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