January 8, 2010, - 1:33 pm

Happy 75th, Elvis: Yes, “The King” Was Jewish

By Debbie Schlussel

Even though much of the world, today, is focused on this afternoon’s detention hearing in Detroit, featuring Northwest Flight 253 Islamic terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, that hearing will be a quick formality at which nothing of note will happen.  And, since it’s Friday, I’m taking a brief break (not completely) from the Islamic terrorism and hard political stuff.

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Elvis Wearing Jewish “Chai” (“Life”) Necklace)

After all, today would have been Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday.  And much of Las Vegas and the rest of the strange but campy Elvis-lovin’ world is celebrating.  That gives me this chance to repeat something I like to brag about as a proud Jewish American.  While he was outwardly a practicing Christian, under Jewish law, “The King” was a Jew and he knew it.  Yup, I’m sure that’ll give a huge heart attack to many in the White supremacist crowd.  But he was one of us, not one of you.  He even did what people stereotypically claim Jews do:  Elvis got a nose job (for the record, no-one in my family has had this procedure).

Below is an excerpt of a Jewish Week article on Elvis Jewish heritage, which was reposted on Jeff Swope’s my space page.  The original, to which I used to link, is no longer online. Elvis knew of his Jewish heritage, but his parents told him to keep it quiet. He donated lots of money to Jewish charities and put a Jewish Star/Star of David on his mother’s original tombstone.  He carried a yarmulke and often wore a “Chai” (“life”) necklace, which is a Jewish good luck charm and symbolizes the tree of life and the number 18, which is a good number in Judaism. 

Elvis Presley has Jewish Heritage through direct descent from the Jewess Martha Tacket.

Elvis’s mother, Gladys Love Smith’s mother was named Octavia “Doll” Marsell by her mother who was a Jewess named Martha Tacket who lived from 1852-1887.

Under Jewish law, a person is of Jewish descent if his mother is Jewish. All Jews come through the lineage of their mothers.

All mothers in Elvis Presley’s birth line run uninterrupted from the Jewish grandmother, Ms. Tacket, and then through all of his descending mothers and grandmothers. Therefore, Elvis himself is legally Jewish under the Jewish law of succession through mothers.

This information is found in the book entitled “Elvis and Gladys (Southern Icons Series),” by historian and biographer named Elaine Dundy.

Dundy writes in her book, “… Nancy Burdine was married to Abner Tacket. Nancy was of particular interest to Gladys for her Jewish heritage, often remembering Nancy’s sons for their Jewish names Sidney and Jerome. Nancy and Abner had a daughter, Martha (Tacket), who married White Mansell. The daughter which they named Octavia nicknamed Doll who was Elvis’ maternal grandmother.”

After Elvis’ mother, Gladys, died, the King designed her tombstone with a Star of David on it to honor her Jewish ancestry, which was something Gladys was proud of.

After a break in on August 29, 1977 to steal both Elvis’ and Gladys’ bodies, they were buried in Graceland where their security could be guaranteed.

Elvis learned the Hebrew alphabet and wore a piece of jewelry called a “Chai” which contained Hebrew words and the Star of David during 1977, the last year of his life. When asked why he wore both a Christian Cross and the Star of David, Elvis said he didn’t want to miss out on Heaven thru a technicality.

Elvis was told by his parents not to mention his Jewish ancestry as many persons hated Jews. At one point in his life, Elvis lived in an apartment below a Jewish Rabbi with whom he would meet and confer on occasion.

Elvis gave money each year to Memphis charities. One year, Memphis Jewish Welfare sent a delegation to Elvis. He wrote them a check for $150,000. Elvis also donated a room to the old Memphis Jewish Community Center.

Happy Birthday, Elvis. Mazel Tov.

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That is something to be proud of and unfortunately not well known in the mainstream. What a shame!

Lee in IL on January 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Greetings:

The followng article was published in Salt Lake City, Utah in the “DESERET NEWS” on Sunday 01 October 2006.

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Has Elvis been sighted in Utah County? And did that Book of Mormon archived on the second floor of the LDS Church Office Building once belong to the king of rock ‘n’ roll?

A Book of Mormon — possibly Elvis Presley’s personal copy, reputed to have been in his room when he died — is indeed in the archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

And a new Elvis movie is being filmed in Utah, inspired by that archived Book of Mormon and the story behind it.

“Tears of a King” is being directed by filmmaker Rob Diamond, who also wrote the screenplay. The movie is set for release next year to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977.

The movie is being produced by 7 Films 7 of Salt Lake City in association with Matthew Reese Films of Orem. The producers of the film are Diamond, Joshua Pearson and Kels Goodman. Reese is the executive producer.

The background story goes like this:

The Book of Mormon was given to the LDS Church by members of the Osmond family, who received it from a woman named Cricket Butler, according to Diamond. Butler, a friend of Elvis, gave the Book of Mormon to him in the months preceding his death. The book was subsequently returned to Butler by Elvis’ father, Vernon, two days after Elvis’ death.

“She sat in on the missionary discussions at Graceland and knows the date Elvis was to be baptized, which never came to pass due to Elvis’ death,” Diamond said.

That baptism date will be revealed in a separate documentary being produced by 7 Films 7, to be released at the same time as the feature film. It will also feature interviews with Alan Osmond and other friends, fans and missionaries sharing their experiences with Elvis.

Elvis is being portrayed in the new theatrical movie by actor Matt Lewis, who bears a strong physical resemblance to him.

Lewis even sings several songs in the film, and visitors to the movie set have found it hard to distinguish Lewis’ singing voice from actual Elvis recordings, according to Robert Starling, associate producer of the movie.

The first few days of shooting were completed in a replica of Presley’s bedroom that was created from floor plans and photos of the original at Graceland, which has been sealed since Elvis’ death.

“The entire film has been meticulously researched and is authentic down to minute details such as items found on tabletops and shelves in the room,” Starling said.

“It is well known that Elvis Presley was a devout Christian who had deep religious convictions despite his personal weaknesses and struggles with a Hollywood lifestyle that was thrust upon him at an early age,” Starling said. “What is lesser known is that he reportedly met on several occasions with missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that he studied carefully the Book of Mormon.”

Much of his life and career will be retold in flashback sequences in the movie.

“I spent many months pouring my soul into the screenplay,” Diamond told the Deseret Morning News. “The Book of Mormon changed my life as a young man, and I believe this movie will help people understand that it did the same for Elvis in the latter days of his life.”

However, Diamond stressed, “this movie is not about preaching to people. It’s a universal story about a wonderful man who was very misunderstood.”

Diamond said the movie explores many areas of Elvis’ life and will be entertaining and enlightening for all, regardless of religion.

“The Book of Mormon provides the pearls of wisdom and hope that hold the film together,” he said. “Beyond the book, there are many other aspects of Elvis’ life that we explore in the story. There are some beautiful musical performances as well, but the film focuses on Elvis’ spiritual journey first, personal relationships second and music third.

“The ‘chain of evidence’ is pretty well documented to show that the book was indeed owned by Elvis,” Diamond said.

According to Starling, LDS Church archives officials did not allow the film crew to take the book from its facility, but they were allowed to bring their cameras there and film in a room set aside for them.

“We shot inserts of Matt Lewis in costume reading the book. These shots will be inserted into scenes we shot in the studio in Orem,” Starling said.

He also stressed the research done for the film. The movie crew videotaped an interview with Bobby Kauo, who gave the LDS missionary discussions to Elvis when Presley was in Hawaii to film “Paradise Hawaiian Style.”

Ken Sanders, who owns Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City, said the Elvis book could easily be worth $5,000 to $10,000, if it is indeed authentic. That’s pretty good for a soft-cover Book of Mormon of that period, generally worth $5 to $6.

He said $100,000 is the most any early Book of Mormon has been worth to date. However, Sanders said he remains skeptical the book was truly Elvis’.

“All my initial instincts are it’s a forgery,” he said, after examining four pictures showing pages from the book.

Sanders’ philosophy is a book is a fake until proven genuine. He also believes more handwriting samples would have to be available from the book to test it thoroughly enough.

He said a woman came into his store just last week with two copies of the Book of Mormon reputed to have been owned by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Diamond believes the Elvis Book of Mormon to be genuine. He said Alan Osmond has a certificate of authenticity for it. However, Diamond is working with a handwriting expert in hopes of bolstering its authenticity.

Grant A. Anderson, church history specialist in the LDS Archives, confirmed the archives do have a book reputed to be Elvis Presley’s, a 1976 edition common in its day.

“All we know is what has been told to us,” Anderson said. He stressed that the book’s history of transfer looks consistent and logical, but the church has conducted no handwriting tests on it.

Anderson said the church has copies of early Book of Mormon editions, but it is not common to have celebrity-owned copies like this.

Alan Osmond told the Morning News in an e-mail that he did receive the Elvis Book of Mormon from Cricket Butler.

“I interviewed her on cassette tape, had her sign a letter of authenticity and saw pictures of her with Elvis. She said Elvis had talked about the Osmonds and would have wanted us to have it. We had a private barbecue scheduled by Elvis at his house a couple of weeks after he died. We also knew him, met him, conversed with him and have had personal conversations with him.”

Regarding the Book of Mormon’s transfer to the church, Osmond said: “I did give the book to the LDS Church via my wife’s cousin, Elder Rex Pinegar (now an emeritus member of the Seventy). This was for safety’s sake, to protect Elvis’ privacy, and to preserve the sacredness of this book! Several people that knew I had it were too anxious to see it and touch it. So I put it in a very safe place — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (archives).”

Former Salt Lake City police forensics expert George Throckmorton said he hasn’t seen the book but understands there may actually be two separate “Elvis Books of Mormon” out there.

Diamond said Elvis apparently received another copy from the late Ed Parker, who was his karate instructor and bodyguard.

E-mail: lynn@desnews.com

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As I recall, there also were a couple of missionaries from The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints who met with Elvis Presley in Hawaii when he was making a movie, and they gave him a copy of the “BOOK OF MORMON”, which he read and recorded annotations in.

Was that a third copy, or one of the ones referred to in that news article?

I have not seen that movie, “TEARS OF A KING”, cited in the news report.

Mox nix.

If you go to my blog (which this message is linked to) or my YOU TUBE channel, you can see me playing my guitar and singing a favorite song from the Elvis Presley movie, “G.I. BLUES”.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee on January 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Say what you will about his “lineage” – but my mother knew Elvis, dated one of his bodyguards, and spent Sunday afternoons at Graceland playing piano during informal jam sessions there.

Elvis may have been of Jewish lineage, but he was also a born-again Christian.

Jere Hodges on January 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Ha! A “Born Again Christian” who slept with hundreds of women he wasn’t married to, became a junkie and, apparently was about to convert to a cult that teaches that you will become a god with your own harem of spirit wives to eternally impregnate…

    Bigrich104 on January 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I advise people to visit Elvis’ birthplace – a humble 2 room house in Tupelo, Mississippi. A necessary visit to see where he was really coming from. …..I also heard that the Rabbi who lived upstairs liked Elvis’ music and encouraged him to go forward with it.

Not Ovenready on January 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Cheer on, Debbie-I hadn’t heard this about Evlis before, but even with living a life 99% in front of the world, there is that 1%.
Songwriter/singer Dottie Rambo, who penned many Gospel favorites, wrote in her auto-biography about her family’s friendship with Elvis, how in private he was much more Spiritual, was a dedicated Christian who knew he wasn’t living right.
My point is: Elvis was the Obama of his day-everyone wants to believe that they have a connection to him, that Elvis “was one of us”. May he rest in peace. He may have been Jewish, he may have been Pentecostal Christian, he may have been a rock and roll icon. But it’s all in the past now.

Douglas Q on January 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Everyone wants a connection to Obama? You’re on your own there, pal…

    Bigrich104 on January 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Who’d of thunk???

But then again ‘The King’ came from an era/generation of entertainers that knew their place in society. They knew they were entertainers only and thus no one knew of their religious or political backgrounds and only entertained.

The moronic entertainers of today could learn a huge lesson from ‘The King’ even though his death was over 30 years ago.

Long live The King!!! Rock on baby rock on!!!

YeahRight on January 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

“All Jews come through the lineage of their mothers” will come as a real surprise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

B: Not really. Their wives were Jews, thus their kids were Jews. DS

Bigrich104 on January 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Big Rich, Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:

    How could Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have been Jewish if Judah hadn’t yet been born?

    Judah was only one of twelve tribes in Israel, and Judea was home to the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi.

    What about the other tribes?

    True, there was civil war between the northern tribes and Judah, and after the Babylonian captivity, many of those returning to Jerusalem were despised and ostracized by fellow Israelites, particularly Jews, because they could no longer verify their genealogy.

    But, still, they remain children of the covenant, and the descendents of those that escaped from their Assyrian captors will someday come forth, as prophesied.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee on January 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    To DS. The maternal Jewish lineage is basically since the time of the Second Temple or the Return from the Babylonian Exile. The wives of Pariachs Avraham Jacob and Isaac WERE NOT JEWISH. Neither Ruth or Zipora.

    AA: My understanding is that they converted. Am I wrong? DS

    Avraham Azriel on January 12, 2010 at 8:05 am

Thank you, thank you very much!!

CaliforniaScreaming on January 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Sammy Davis Jr. was also Jewish, When was his birthday? Think fast!
So if Sammy Davis Jr. married a Jewish woman and gave birth to a daughter her children should be considered Jewish correct? I wonder if this scenario came about.

Sic Semper Tyrannus on January 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Sammy Davis Jr. was Jewish but also he had Converted
    to be Jewish he wasnt born Jewish

    memphismemories on January 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

Debbie, a little humility would be nice and Jewish pride has been practiced by mostly thug Jews (like Rabbi Kahane who supporters you can check this on Arutz Sheva I mentioned Kahane and feminism and they openly said they want to beat up Jewish men who don’t divorce fast enough to protect them because they believe Jewish men are abusers, yeah sure, and dream for the day they can have polygamy even though polygamy was never an ideal and you don’t destory another man because you are jealous of his wife and want the wife for yourself). Nowhere in the torah is pride considered appropriate. In fact our history is nothing to be prideful about at all. It should install fear in us to follow G-d in all his ways to the best of our ability.

If anything this shows how out of touch with reality are Rabbi’s are. The Rabbi’s let women marry nonjewish men with no consequences (and are basically saying the father is meaningless) which is insane and in most of the cases they don’t practice Judaism anyway which was likely why the Rabbi’s didn’t do anything about (although they should) because they thought women wouldn’t marry nonjewish men because their kids would lose their Jewish identity by this and many men were antisemitic. Neverthless, The torah clearly states we shouldn’t give our sons or daughters to those who pracitce certain immoral practices which is where this comes from.

He practiced Christianity.

The Rabbinic position was just to stop men from marrying nonjews in the exile (which DID NOT exist before and people like Joseph did marry a nonjew. Moses married a midyinite. So who are you kidding Debbie. These same Rabbi’s sadly didn’t do anything to prevent women from doing the same thing and to be frank most of these don’t even identify as Jews anyway so it is abusrd to just claim they are Jewish based on what Rabbi’s said even though in Israel they don’t follow this Rabbinic law and I might add rightfully so because this position is sexist and also creates some cases where women marry nonjews knowing this where if the kid wasn’t automatically Jewish unless BOTH parents were these women wouldn’t do this.

You really need to get this “Pride” out of your system, Debbie. Sadly at the end of the day it leads you to hate another religion more then understanding your own religion and really, Debbie there is nothing about the Jewish People to be prideful of as our history is tragic in many ways and shows we have to obey G-d.

There is nothing biblical to suggest only the mother matters. In fact Joseph and King David married some who are not Jewish and I don’t think their children weren’t considered Jewish.

It really is irrelevant and certainly is nothing to be proud of that our Rabbi’s are so stupid and hate their own men so much that they let women marry nonjews with no consequences (and I know Jewish women who brag about marrying nonjewish men and that their kid will be Jewish even though they are spitting on Jewish men) which is all it ever was about as at some point Rabbi’s outlawed men marrying nonjews. Any honest person knows this isn’t biblical.

adam on January 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    There are 6 billion people in the world, 13 million of which are Jews. Over 1 in 5 Nobelists are Jews. Learn to do math, Adam, and celebrate The King.

    Occam's Tool on February 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I honestly don’t give a flying fornication what Elvis’s ethnicity was. However, I do find it interesting how Debbie likes to claim him but not all the spies that have sold out her country. Not to mention, all the criminal bankster that make up the Federal Reserve. Furthermore, check the names of the people involved in the current financial Coup De’tat.

malibu on January 8, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Barney Frank–Jewish. Christopher Dodds–goyim. Barack Obama—goyim.

    The guy who prevented your sorry ass from getting polio? Jewish. (Injection or oral). In fact, Malibu, please boycott according to the following:

    A short time ago, Arabian speeches at the U.N. urged the Arab World to boycott everything that originates with the Jewish people. In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offers to assist them in their boycott as follows:

    “Any Arab who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If an Arab suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

    An Arab who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube. Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Cocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil. If an Arab has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If an Arab has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege. Arabs with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate. Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew. Should an Arab chilld get Diptheria, he must refrain from the “Schick” reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

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    “Arabs should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram. They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

    Arabs must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease. Arab doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.

    In short, good and loyal Arabs properly and fittingly remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mential Disorders, Polio, Convulsions and Tuberculosis.”

    Occam's Tool on February 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

One more thing, check the names of the people making the money from the sewer pipe called Hollywood and the porn industry.

malibu on January 8, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I believe that the “Dark Brothers, purveyors of fine filth” are goyim.

    Occam's Tool on February 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

If his mother was baptized, and he was baptized, I think that negates his being “Jewish.” Besides, we got “Bugsy” Siegel!!!

Joshua on January 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Is peanut butter and banana sandwiches keeping kosheur. Oh yeah lets not forget all the pills. Good one Malibu!

Sic Semper Tyrannus on January 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Here’s an experiment:
A child in Kipnuk, Alaska throws a pebble into the ocean.
Immediately, and I mean right now(!) the following events take place:
Debbie Schlussel is attacked in print for being a Jew, or not a good enough Jewish lady.
No connection? Are you SURE? Really sure?
Debbie, I hope that you have a great weekend. Your patience with the hateful continues to amaze me.

Douglas Q on January 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm

What is the big deal? If my genealogy could be traced back to a Jewish lineage, that would be alright by me. It would not detract from my Christian faith. As a Christian, they go hand in hand. Judaism is the foundation of my belief – it was the foundation for Jesus’ teachings to us. My New Testament does not have Him quoting Ishmael, it was Abraham’s son through Sarah that He refers to. I do not believe that Elvis’s problems came from his faith, but through his fame-I believe he took great solace from his faith. I also have many different books from different Christian faiths, not because I plan to convert, but to understand my brethren better. All of us claim a connection to Jesus – who for me, was the greatest Jew who ever lived. As always, thank you, Debbie, for educating me.

Penelope27 on January 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’m afraid the post is incorrect. Whether or not his mother was Jewish, Elvis was not – because he became a practising Christian.

He was therefore an Apostate, and EX Jew.

A Jew who adopts *any* other faith is an EX Jew.

This is made clear in the Tanakh and also in the various Rabbinical rulings down through the ages.

To read more about Jewish identity:
http://www.ajewwithaview.com/?p=1983

Tabatha on January 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

Not looking at it through the eyes of a Jew, but through the eyes of a Christian. There are many people who are of the Jewish lineage but do not practice their faith, it does not mean they are not of Jewish lineage.

Penelope27 on January 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    PENELOPE:

    Applying Christian criteria to Judaism doesn’t work – the two faiths function very differently.

    You are correct in that a Jew who simply doesn’t practice Judaism remains a Jew. There are Jewish Atheists.

    This is because a Jew only becomes an EX Jew *if* they adopt ANOTHER faith entirely.

    Thus, any Jew who adopts Islam/Hinduism/Christianity becomes an Apostate and EX Jew.

    Tabatha on January 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm

ok.. First of all.. he was jewish.. and no matter wht he did he will STAY jewish.. second of all.. all of yuu ppl grow some balls and let it go.. u guys actin like.. its the end of the world becuz his jewish and so wht if his jewish.. its the same thing as me saying as a jew oh i hate ppl who belive in other god’s.. ALL and when i say ALL i mean everyone who commented on this.. just HATEING on Him becuz his jewish.. so please all of yuu do me a favor and get the fuck off the comp.. becuz ur not worth the comments

Thejewboi on January 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

So what’s new?

Many of us have some Jewish ancestors.

And President Obama allegedly has some German (perhaps Nazi) ancestry.

Frank Zavisca on January 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Under traditional Jewish law, a Jew who adopts another faith is ”not” an “ex-Jew”. Such people remain Jewish, though “apostates” – but still Jews.

Dave on January 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    DAVE -

    I’m afraid you’re incorrect. The Tanakh makes it clear that any Jew who adopts worship of an idol (in this case, Jesus) becomes both an Apostate and an EX Jew. Maimonides himself ruled on this and stated the same thing.

    Tabatha on January 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for the interesting info Deb. I never knew about Elvis’ Jewish heritage or the meaning of the Chai symbol, pretty cool!
Most people couldn’t tell you their Great Grandmother’s name, let alone their ancestors.
That is one of things about Jewish people I really like, great respect for their ancestry. Elvis might have kept his heritage to himself, but was not embarressed by it, nor did he ever push it in anyones face, and was not afraid to display it when he felt the time was right.
Elvis wasn’t the demigod some make him out to be but he was a great entertainer and all around pretty good guy. My favourites of his among others are ‘Little Sister’ and ‘Kentucky Rain’.

theShadow on January 10, 2010 at 12:31 am

The KIng was jewish? looooooool I mean why would u think that because he is wearing a necklace? Get over it sister

ENrique Gonzalez on January 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Elvis wore the Chai in repect to his Mother
    and also had a Star Of David placed on her Coffin
    its called RESPECT

    memphismemories on January 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hey, I don’t care what Religion (which is man made) you are, we all come from the same GOD who created us and the world we live in. I thank HIM for giving us ELVIS.

Thanks for the article Debbie.

Patrick Mullen on January 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

In traditional Hebrew, the number system was made up of letters. Aleph(A) was 1, Bet (B) was 2 and so on. The word Chai (life) is the numerical equivalent of 18 which is considered a lucky number because it refers to life.

Papa Bear on January 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Dear DS: I just found your thing here by accident–man, what a cool chick you are, and what a CRACKERJACK piece of info you came up with here–Elvis Jewish!–Fantastico, yes?! I really didn’t expect the artical to be factual…I remember years ago in a grocery store I saw a National Enquirer headline that read: “Michael Landon’s Secret Jewish Brother!” Turns out at the end of the piece, Michael Landon was in a fraternity and one of his “brothers” was Jewish. I was expecting something along those lines this time, and your crazy little fact-finding mission just gassed me!
I’d like to apologize for the tone of some of the other replys–some people just can’t lighten up and enjoy things. I hope you ignore them. Myself, I normally don’t pay any attention to ethnicity one way or another, but I must admit to a bit of a hebrewphillic inclination, because y’all are so impressive to me (present company included, DS) and so admirable, and so over-represented in any meritricious type human pursuit you can name. Of course, that makes it doubly disturbing when you use the gifts for evil (Bernie Madoff, Noam Chomsky, et. al.)but on the whole I can’t think of any other minority group (I believe ethnic Jews are about .02% of the world’s population, and about 2% of the U.S. population. And 22% of the Supreme Court, BTW–the other 78% will all be Catholic when Kagen is named)
And you talk about quality over quantity; I can only think of two Jewish baseball players, I don’t think there have been many more than that, but those two are Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax. It’s almost impossible how many times the greatest virtuoso in ANYTHING you can NAME turns out to be Jewish.
I bet Elvis might have made a great canter, like Al Jolson’s father was, and it goes without saying the unbelievable percentage of musical greats–across the whole spectrum of genres–that are Jews, both musicians and composers–from Goodman, the Gershwins, the Bernsteins, Irving Berlin, and on and on, seemingly forever.
So, albeit pride is a pretty worthless aquisition much of the time, especially about an accident of birth, but if you accidentally get born Jewish, as Elvis evidentally was, well,I don’t blame him for being proud of that. Not being Jewish, I should try harder, but, not being Jewish, I usually don’t.

Debbie, thank you for this piece, and I must see some more of your work.

Best Regards,

Dr Joey

Dr Joey on May 24, 2010 at 1:19 am

This says Elvis was uncircumcised, by the way.

http://www.circumstitions.com/Famous7.html

Jason on July 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Hey! Call off the search party. The King of the Jews has been found

Nick on January 30, 2011 at 2:07 am

Two gentlemen were introduced to each other and got to talking. One confessed to the other that he was born Jewish but became an Episcopalian. The second, a Jew, replied that he once had a leg and an arm amputated.

Arn on June 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

Oy’ more ridiculous Jewish pride. How about some humility for the land the Kazarians stole from Palestine, and the shame for practiced apartheid.

gnomadicjoker on August 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

Congratulations. *roll eyes*

pub on October 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Why are you lying? You sexy Jewish b_____!?! (I bet you have some Christian blood in you, don’t you?) Anyway
Elvis was NOT Jewish! You Jews seem to perpetuate anyone who dies or has died as Jewish. Elvis was NOT born or raised Jewish!
Elvis was born and raised a Christian! Elvis was raised under the Assemblies of G_d which is a a Christian denomination!

Karl on July 9, 2012 at 6:58 am

His Mother was NOT Jewish! And his Grand-mother was NOT Jewish either!

Karl on July 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

Just for the record folks…I had read years back that Elvis who was a devout Christian to the end, wore a Cross many times in concert. He found that he also liked the design of the Jewish Chai, and knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ was a Jew, he had one made up for him with diamonds. When asked why he wore the Chai, he stated “I don’t want to miss getting into Heaven on a technicality.” You gotta admire his thinking.

Brian K. on August 19, 2012 at 12:16 am

If one is born a Jew, even if they do not practice Judaism or convert to another religion, they are still a Jew and they will die a Jew no matter what they say or do in their lives. Born a Jew, die a Jew. That can never, ever be changed. You are what you are when you were born.

LuAnne on August 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I ALSO BELIEVE THAT ELVIS WAS NEVER JEWISH TO BEGIN WITH, HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THAT CAME FROM. ANOTHER RUMOR, I SUPPOSE.

LuAnne on August 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I am one of Elvis Presley’s children, I was born when he was twenty. This is the name mother gave which is an alias name Richard (Dick) Donovan who served with Colonel Keesler. My father is on the witness protection program. Many names my father used. this name derived from the CIA since William Joseph Donovan founded the CIA once called the OSS. I live in Anderson, S.C. and I work at Sam’s Club. I have many breeds in me on the Tackett side of Owens county Kentucky I have Portugese,African blaclman,and Turkish, French, and I have Cherokee, German,Dutch,Irish on both sides. Elvis claimed no boy children only two girl children go to Elvis alive CIA, FBI he has a photo of Lisa and the child with dark curly locks. I personaly had a hard time because anger came over me that I wished I’d found a poor man instead of him. I see now how come I look the way I do I have lips like Elvis’s mother, Jimmy Gillstrap says to people IF you’d seen Gladys when she was young you’d say she looks more like Elvis’s mother. I can see my mother and father in me my ears are like Elvis,my teeth and my funny boy looking legs, Elvis made a comment he didn’t like his legs in a movie for a costume. It took me many years of people trying to stop my search till I got Tony Deautre with SLED to put a stop to it whats so awful is near where I live in the neighboring counties are the very people who claim to be his step brothers some in the Masonic Lodge in Westminster,S.C. Elvis lived a life that I know he loved for awhile but I think it caused him to be shut off from being a common normal person to be able to go places and be normal he couldn’t. Forgiveness for my mothers hurt and pain and the hurt I’ve suffered in this search has been to much, I love my fathers looks and my son looks like him as the blonde curly haired child at 25 he still resembled Elvis but to find my mothers picture on the internet under hysterical fan grabbing Elvis Presly’s pants leg then click onto Miami Connection was a tresure hunt,no I do not want their money for all have to find their own way in life no matter where your seed came from. I do brag on my mom and father at work and every where I go. People say so what Elvis had many pictures made with women, thats true do you know why he was in search for the right woman so when he finally cured like a good ham then he could finally have a good marriage. Do I believe he is alive sure why else would so many try to stop my search and for them to be right under me. I am a nobody so why did I have to suffer so makes you wonder so I just say maybe he will come to me with a different nose or something that noone but me could see the suttle things I have studied. I wish I could see my father and walk hand in hand in an open field of flowers and trees and animals thats my gold or my money I’ve prayed all my life for my father. Maybe his life has changed so he can help others to be closer to God.

janet brown on February 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm

j m looking for apartment /j don t have money/j m poor boy/my address 350 levis ave /city vanier /province Ontario/country Canada /post code k1l 6g7 /my cell phone 613 413 7640 /j need some money for move in apartment /my name is luc garceau/my number account bank / 01517 003 500 679 6 / royal bank of Canada 139 Rideau street /Ottawa city/Ontario/k1n 4×4 post code/all the time bad luck in my life/dans ma vie rediculiser faire rire de moi la honte poor /trust me looking every where search internet / me luc j don t have money/apartment Ottawa Ontario is expansive or expensive /prince catalog 2000 from usa in my mail box / calendar elvis 2000 /j don t have money /j will like be happy/same song elvis have a happy /thank god bless you

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