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    Diego Rivera

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    December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957

    As Jews, we like to keep some things simple. Like our names.

    We have a first name, a middle name, and a last name. The middle name often coincides with our Hebrew name. Sometimes it doesn't... so the Hebrew name gets thrown in somewhere. So four names tops.

    In the Hispanic world, four names is the bare minimum. Take renowned Mexican painter (and husband of Frida Kahlo) Diego Rivera. His full name is "Diego Maria de la Concepcion Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodriguez".

    Wow. Try saying that three times fast. That's ten names, with two each of "de", "la", and "y" thrown in. 16 words. Imagine that birth certificate.

    So it comes as a complete surprise that Rivera is actually part Jewish; his ancestors on his mother's side converted to Catholicism.

    All those names and they couldn't find room for one Schlomo?

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    March 27, 2009

    See Also

    Frida Kahlo

    Vladimir Lenin

    Leon Trotsky

    Diego Velazquez

    Pancho Villa
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