Paul Newman passed away last night at age 83. He was one of the actors that even I would recognize. A pretty nice bio can be found here.
While Newman was not a matrilineal Jew, he chose to consider himself Jewish as it was “more challenging”. Our loving memories go to Paul, not only for his acting skills but for taking up that challenge. Our thoughts are with his wife and his daughters.
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Does anyone know the source of the Paul Newman quote about taking up Judaism because it was “more challenging”? I’m curious about the context.
Dave, I once read it somewhere in a list of notable quotations, but I’ll run a Google search for you.
An article that also mentions it: http://www.cleveland.com/movies/index.ssf/2008/09/actor_paul_newman_dies_at_83.html
As a father-Jew myself I feel connected to the death of mr. Newman. May his sould be bound in the Bundle of Life.