June 4, 2012, - 2:57 pm

Alhamdillullah [praise allah]: Muhammad Ali’s Grandson, Jacob Wertheimer, Bar Mitzvahed – Sting Like a Maccabee

By Debbie Schlussel

I love stories like this, and I’m sure the Muslim world will be out to get this murtadd [“apostate”]. Technically, Jacob Wertheimer is not a Jew and needs to go through a conversion to be one. But he identifies as Jewish, chose Judaism over Islam, and just had his Bar Mitzvah. His father is Jewish, and his mother, Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, daughter of boxer Muhammad Ali, left Islam (she’s an “apostate,” too). Muslims love to rub it in the world’s face every time a prominent non-Muslim, especially a Jew or Christian, converts–er “reverts,” in their phony, fantasist terminology–to Islam. Now, it’s their turn. And turnabout is sweet, in addition to being fair play. Wow, that must sting like a Maccabee.

Sting Like a Maccabee: allah NOT the “Greatest” to Newly Bar-Mitzvahed Muhammad Ali Grandson, Jacob Wertheimer

One of his grandchildren, Jacob Wertheimer, was recently bar mitzvahed. . . .

Jacob (the son of Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer and her husband, Spencer) turned thirteen on January 21 of this year. The bar mitzvah took place on April 28 at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. One hundred fifty people were in attendance. Jacob’s grandfather was among them.

“I was born and raised as a Muslim,” Khaliah says. “But I’m not into organized religion. I’m more spiritual than religious. My husband is Jewish. No one put any pressure on Jacob to believe one way or another. He chose this on his own because he felt a kinship with Judaism and Jewish culture.”

“The ceremony was wonderful and very touching,” Khaliah continues. “The theme of Jacob’s presentation was inclusiveness and a celebration of diversity. My father was supportive in every way. He followed everything and looked at the Torah very closely. It meant a lot to Jacob that he was there.”

Khaliah says proudly that Jacob is an “A” student and a good athlete with Ivy League aspirations. She also notes that the bar mitzvah of Muhammad Ali’s grandson is “a wonderful tale of what’s coming in the world.”

The Wertheimers are not the only Muhammad Ali descendants to have a good vibe with the Jewish people. One of Ali’s other daughters is involved with scientific research in Israel and is a big fan of the country. I know this because I was once on a TV show with her, and she told me.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a Maccabee.

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65 Responses

Okay now I am speechless.

I do note that the people who made Mohammed Ali successful and wealthy were Jews.

Jonathan E. Grant on June 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    You mean like Howard Cosell?

    Seek on June 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Muhammed Ali was successful because HE beat the best boxers of his day. He fought some really GOOD boxers. Many of them are still well-known.

    Sonny Liston
    Jerry Quarry
    Ernie Terrell
    Floyd Patterson
    Ken Norton
    Joe Frazier
    George Foreman
    Jimmy Young (one of my favorites)
    Leon Spinks

    I wonder if any of today’s heavyweights could beat these guys when they were in their prime.

    Today, you’d be hard pressed to name any leading heavyweight boxer. Yet these guys that Ali beat (or lost to and subsequently beat) are all well known to my generation.

    THEY were the ones who made Ali successful and I doubt any of them were Jewish.

    There is NO Santa Claus on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm


Test on June 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Ali’s other daughter, Rasheda Ali, has been a spokesperson for BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, an Israeli stem-cell research firm, which has been doing research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Ali himself, of course, is one of those approximately one million people living with the disease.
Apparently, the company has had some significant progress. Many patients’ symptoms have greatly improved, and the level of degeneration has slowed

Ralph Adamo on June 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Mohammed Ali never associated his name with scum like Farrakhan-he belongs to another,larger Black Muslim sect that followed Warith Deen Muhammad,now deceased,who never used anti-Semitism as a facet of his religious preaching.
Ali’s close associate,Bundini Brown was married to a Jewish woman,and his son,Drew Brown who was a Navy pilot,used to be very public about it-unlike those shameful cowards Walter Moseley and Lani Guinier,who seem ashamed to reveal they each have a Jewish parent.
I have two grandaughters who have a Black mother and their dad,(my son)is Jewish background(me) and Hispanic(his mom).My grandaughters aren’t being raised Jewish as would be expected with a single Jewish grandparent.They are gorgeous and smart little girls( a strictly impartial opinion).LOL.

Joe on June 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Technically, he’s not Muslim either, unless one goes by the fraudulent and fantasist belief in Islam that everybody is born Muslim, but are laid astray by Infidels around them. Since his father ain’t a Muslim, neither is he.

Speaking of which, Mohammed Ali’s desire to dodge the Vietnam draft was a stupid reason to convert in the first place. He could simply have followed the example of thousands of Democrats and Republicans who did precisely that w/o converting. Like Bill Clinton, or Ted Nugent, or so many others.

That other daughter of Mohammed Ali, who works in Israel – is she also an ex-Muslim like her sister?

Infidel on June 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I posted this some time ago on the “Rusty Sneiderman” thread.

You said:

“I will be following this story, though if the killer does turn out to be Islamic, I bet we’ll never hear about it.

You know– it gets in the way of the “religion of peace” meme and all that.”

I said:

The killer turned out to be non-Islamic, and the case seems to have occurred because the victim’s wife was having an affair with the killer. We do not seem to have heard any more about it from you, or any of your supporters. Should you not apologise for jumping to conclusions which turned out to be completely wrong?

C J Walters on May 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

No response from you or any of your followers. Do you ever admit to being wrong?

C J Walters on June 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    CJ, are you so attention starved that you have to spam something that is utterly irrelvant to this article? Also, Debbie is not a cult leader, so what is the “follower” remark for? If you really hate this site so very much, why not move on? Debbie has not chained you to your chair, nor has anyone else here. Put down the bag of Cheetos and go outside,

    Worry01 on June 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    You’re wrong, C J Walters. Debbie never said that a Muslim killed Russell “Rusty” Sneiderman. (The killer, apparently, is named Hemy Neuman.) In fact, she specifically cautioned that “I haven’t drawn any conclusions, and we may never know who murdered Rusty Sneiderman.” “It may turn out to be your average White dude hitman who has a thing for the Planet of the Ape Men.” There’s nothing to apologize over. http://www.debbieschlussel.com/29788/who-killed-rusty-sneiderman-check-out-the-sketch/ Get it?

    However, as you will note regarding the murder of Ms. Alawadi in El Cajon, near San Diego, there have been no arrests. The El Cajon Police are apparently letting the murder(s) go free BECAUSE all evidence points to the conclusion that Alawadi was murdered as a Honor Killing, and the police tend to stay out that particular type of family-affair murder because they don’t want to “upset” the Muslim community, who believes those kinds of murders are best left alone.

    You don’t hear anything from the media either about Alawadi, do you? They were very, very concerned about the murder when they naively thought that it could be some kind of “hate-crime against Muslims.” But now that the El Cajon Police at least acknowledge that that wasn’t the motive, the media says nothing. Absolute silence.

    And the same from you too, for that matter. YOU owe this board an apology.

    Ralph Adamo on June 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Also CJ, here is the article: http://www.debbieschlussel.com/29788/who-killed-rusty-sneiderman-check-out-the-sketch/

    it was from 2010.

    Your supposed post:

    The killer turned out to be non-Islamic, and the case seems to have occurred because the victim’s wife was having an affair with the killer. We do not seem to have heard any more about it from you, or any of your supporters. Should you not apologise for jumping to conclusions which turned out to be completely wrong?

    C J Walters on May 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I also did not see a post from you dated 5-24-12 on that article. Nice made up comment. Also, even if you had, why would anyone even go back to look at comments from a 2010 article? Should you not apologize for not disclosing that the article you were referring to was from 2010 and that you apparently faked a recent post on that thread? In addition, Debbie based her comments on the information available at the time. The police sketch did portray someone whose facial hair and cap are normal look for ultra-observant Muslim males. Or, if we found one or a handful of slaveowners did not mistreat their slaves who did not mistreat their slaves in the Old South, would that make slave owners or slavery less odious and immoral? Using your one case makes the rule logic, it would. Islam has a long and demonstrable record of hatred for Jews, and this hatred is not veiled, but proclaimed loudly. Do you really need examples of this? Your email client would seize up and crash under the weight.

    Worry01 on June 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    CJ, why the hell are you bringing up a story that’s two years old and NO longer relevant. CJ, you better improve on you’re critical thinking skills, because from what I’ve read in that article that Debbie wrote two years regarding Mr. Sneiderman’s killer, she NEVER said that a muslim murdered Russell Sneiderman. I didn’t remember reading anything like that, so you are assuming what DS said and therefore reading what you want to read and that’s NOT intelligent and smart of you CJ, and the reason why you assume Debbie said that a muslim killed the guy is because of the stupid, dumbass and illiterate trolls who commented there and did what you did, read what you want to read.

    Here’s DS’s sentiment in that specific article bro, and here goes and I’ll slow down for you, “I haven’t drawn any conclusions, and we may never know who murdered Rusty Sneiderman”, that’s what she EXACTLY said CJ, and you’re the one who needs to apologize to her for taking her words out of context by doing what moronic leftists of you’re ilk do, “word-twisting”! But then again, you’re not going to comeback on this thread and apologize, so I’m not going to hold my breath & expect and apology for taking Ms. Schlussel’s words out of context.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on June 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Sean R,

      I read DS’s original post again, and all of it except for the one line you quoted (which she must have put in to cover herself) strongly suggest she thought the killer was a muslim.
      Indeed, this seems to have been the whole purpose of the thread. Perhaps you are the one who should read things more attentively.


      If you look back again, you will clearly see my post dated 24 May on the Sneidermann thread. It was not a fake as you claim.

      C J Walters on June 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

m’you humid alley
ever figure that
the moose lambs
took him to the cleaners

prestigio on June 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a Maccabee.” LOL!

DS_ROCKS! on June 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I’m very confused by this whole article. I’m sure I’m probably not the only one to admit. Most people in America think that if they have a Jewish parent that makes them Jewish too. If a person truly belongs to God, they would not choose a follower of another God. That being said, I believe it is up to God to say whom his children are. Alas! We have Abraham, who sought God’s heart in all matters. He was not Jewish and he was not Christian but we all look to him as a Patriarch.
One thing for sure though, I have told my daughter that, if she ever brought a Muslim to my door, I’d beat her butt and do worse to him. Christian or Jew, I cannot understand anyone taking up with one of them. It would be like denying God.

Kristy on June 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Judaism does not proselytize. Membership in the faith passes through the mother, and not the father. It is not a faith that seeks converts, but seeks only to preserve itself and its members. Converting to Judaism from the outside is very difficult and not encouraged.

    Worry01 on June 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Worry, you are correct. That is my understanding of Judaism and it suits my personality more than my Catholic religion. If I were truly to have an open choice, I would choose to be Jewish. Since I don’t (I can’t deny that Jesus is the son of God and God himself) I can’t but I have so much respect for the religion. At the end of the day, one has the freedom of choice to be what religion they were born into or not (at least here is USA). I am supposed to proselytize but I don’t like to. For that I take full responsibility that I am not living up to my faith and I am the one errant. I will be judged on that fairly but if I had my druthers…I’d rather not (proselytize…not NOT be judged), LOL! I like the Jewish way better! 😀

      It’s just one of those things in life…if I had a true choice I would be different than what I am but I also see my responsibility to accept the doctrine of my religion and do all I can to abide God. It’s not so hard when I keep my eyes on the prize.

      I know something crystal clear NOW though. Islam is NOT of the Lord. It’s satanic in my mind and it was all out there for me to see but DS made it all so easy to digest because she is bold enough to present the FACTS. I appreciate that!

      Skunky on June 4, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      To Worry01. Judaism is a religion. But if someone have Jewish father, grandfather, they still can be Jewish by blood. There is Judaism (religion) and Jewish by blood(nationality). For example I was born in USSR in 50-s. There were no Judaism in USSR at all. Most religion’s were forbidden. There was barely Christianity for old people.I never were religious and I didn’t know anything about Judaism, beside Pesah. But I felt myself Jewish, because all my family was Jewish (non of them were religious).When USSR were destroyed I decide to move to Israel. So I went to Sohnut and found, that everyone who had a Jewish blood (up to grandfather Jewish)and can prove that, became Israel citizen when they step in Israel land. I was 100% Jewish and could prove it, so I went to Israel taking my son and mother with me. So telling someone, who have just Jewish father not Jewish is not true. They maybe not Jewish by religion, but they still Jewish by blood and have right on Israel citizenship. There are more, than 50% Jewish people in Israel, who is not religious, but they still Jewish.

      Rina on June 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Sorry, Kristy, but it does seem that you are confused. You say that Abraham “was not Jewish and he was not Christian but we all look to him as a Patriarch.” The first part of your statement is not right. Abraham was the founder of Judaism, and that began with the Covenant. See Genesis 17:1-8, 15-22, and Hebrews 6:13–20.

    Ralph Adamo on June 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Ralph, technically, Abraham was not Jewish. “Jews” is the name given originally to the descendants of Judah and then later on to all “Hebrews.” There was no formal Jewish religion in Abraham’s time. His father was a maker of idols but he had a vision of the ONE and chose to follow him. There was not written Torah then but there was a code of morality from Hashem’s covenant with Noah that righteous people chose to follow along with putting aside idolatry and pantheism. We consider the start of the “Jewish” or more correctly Israelite Nation from the Giving of Torah at Sinai, even tho we see Abraham as our First Father and along with his son and grandson, our Patriarchs. This is because Hashem made a specific covenant with him to form a great nation out of his progeny. Deut. 13:3ff. What too many people forget is HE also promised Abraham that Ishmael would be the father of 12 great nations and we’ve been dealing with the sibling rivalry ever since.

      Italkit on June 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Kristy
    From what I understand…is that the Jews hold the Woman “Mother” as sacred, if she is a Jew, then her off spring are also considered Jewish…I have several Jewish friends who also practice this and are just this past three years delving into the politics of the Jewish families and their customs…Mind you, I’m not learned and are just now understanding their customs.

    Jeffrey Hardin on June 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Jeffrey, I don’t know where you’re doing your delving. We don’t have “politics” or even customs in our families. Motherhood is considered a sacred duty but women are women. We don’t sanctify people, G-d forbid. This is not as simple as you are trying to make it. Torah teaches respect for ALL people, men and women. Human life is held above all else in sanctity but we don’t, as I said, sanctify individuals in the sense of making saints out of them, ordinarily. Maybe an occasional Rabbi comes to be recognized as an extraordinary individual in terms of learning and holy living but other than that… Torah also teaches we are to RESPECT our parents and the Halacha (oral law) teaches us what that means. They may be awful people but if they are not dangerous, we are forbidden to speak ill of them to anyone. Therapy is allowed but it’s a delicate situation, preferable to go to a therapist versed in halacha who can steer us away from evil speech if we veer to close.
      There are certain other “rules” in Halacha as to certain aspects of family life. These mainly have to do with sexual purity and modesty. Then there are also the concepts that have found their way into Christianity such as the Husband being the head of the family but really BOTH husband and wife are to share responsibility for the well being of the family, each in his/her own sphere of “expertise.” These are not carved in stone, heheheh, but can change with circumstances. It is considered an abomination for a man to not labor with his hands or in a profession to support a family if he is able. This notion of learning all day is recent and is not acceptable to all Jews. Some of the Sephardi here have gotten into that unfortunate Yeshiva mentality but for the most part, Sephardi Jews hold to the idea that able bodied men need to provide their own and their family’s living. However, men and women have always worked together to provide enough income for the family and it is only recently that a “middle class” woman would not have at least one servant, regardless of where she lives. This is true for non-Jews too. Women have always worked very hard tending both the family and helping with the family business if possible. Leisure during the week is a Gentile, not to say Pagan, concept.
      So, Jeffrey, our families are much the same as families anywhere who have a belief in G-d and the dignity of humankind. The specific rules are minor and anything like lighting candles is not limited to family, indeed all Jews are supposed to light candles on Shabbat and holidays, even a man alone.
      I don’t know if I addressed your questions but as I understood your comment, I tried my best. You might want to read some of the books by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin about being Jewish.

      Italkit on June 6, 2012 at 2:23 am

Oh, and regarding the article. Of course growing up in the 70’s (pre-teen) my family embraced Ali and my Dad even hung up an Ali print called “The Greatest”. Since then, I learned how nasty he was to Joe Frazier and he is also blamed for not saving the life of Malcolm X (X’s widow believed that Ali could have saved his life but Ali had no interest)…I’m just stating that…I have no opinion on he and Malcolm X…I’d need to know more to have one.

I am just stating those two things because it goes against the public persona of Muhammed Ali. I never knew much of him (other than his 70’s idolization by Americans) and I remember that Robin Quivers was influenced by him (not that I like her because I don’t) when I read her book. Anyway, one looks at him differently after all that and what I have learned of Islam.

Skunky on June 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Hmmm, my husband’s paternal grandmother was a Wertheimer. They were a prominent family, including many rabbis, from Frankfurt am Main. Somehow, this brings to mind Joe Lewis’ victory over Max Schmeling with an added twist. heheheh

Italkit on June 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    It’s possible that some of the Wertheimers in the United States may be related to that Wertheimer family that created the mega-brand House of Chanel. Pierre Wertheimer was the founder, and the company had been run by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer.

    As I pointed out in another of Debbie’s article on Coco Chanel (see link below), the Wertheimers actually built and developed the business that bears Coco Chanel’s name, even though many people think that she started the business. Chanel would have been nothing if not for the Wertheimers. Although Debbie’s article doesn’t mention the Wertheimers, my posts cover the story pretty much.

    Ralph Adamo on June 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Great article & comments are also interesting. I spent a little time w/ Ali, met Bundini Brown, when Kahliah was a nubbin cute baby. I cherish the time I spent with Ali and it’s gratifying to hear that his daughters are so well turned out–in every way.

moeursalen on June 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

REMEMBER TO tell at least 10 of your friends and associates about Debbieschlussel.com. More people need to “hear” her message.

Jonathan E. Grant on June 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Someone should have told Hitler that having a Jewish father didn’t make you Jewish (“Membership in the faith …”)?

Dr Dale on June 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Wonderful country we live in (at the moment). They can believe whatever they want to believe, and it doesn’t bother me one bit. I hope they live happy and productive lives.

#1 Vato on June 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm