01 March 2010

Up, Up and No he didnt!!

This reading titled Up, Up and Oh Vey by Simcha Weinstein was long but I doubt the longest. Its introduction introduced some of the “famous” superhero characters that are loved by many and have become popular over the years. The author starts off with a witty little quip about all Jewish last names ending in with “man” just like some of the most popular superheroes, like Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc. going on to more complicated things like explaining how there were superheroes before the famous superman, etc. There were heroic figures throughout the bible including both men and women. Mainly the author is explaining that his book is like he said here, “This book seeks to reclaim a vital component of that heritage. While the Jewish contribution to film, theater, music, and comedy is well known, the Jewish role in the creation of all-American superheroes is not—until now!”(18)

Spider-Man:"Wherever there’s a hangup…” by Simcha Weinstein. He writes about the original spider man and his origin. Once again when the author opens this part with a witty quote by Jon Stewart. Going from there to talking about some guys robbing a bank thinking they’re home free but end up getting their plane stuck in a spider web between the two towers, familiar? With the events of the two towers being destroyed there is controversy so the thrilling teaser is yanked. In this chapter Weinstein takes Spiderman an all American teenager who becomes an all-American superhero fighting to keep his town safe because of responsibility? After the death of his uncle, Peter Parker, is driven by guilt to bring justice to those who deserve it. He goes through all the same problems as anyone else would go through at that age so he became a hero for many. But the author tries to intertwine Jewish culture and everything iwth Spiderman. Not really intertwine but showing his audience the connection, he does this by giving us many examples and quotes from the original Spiderman creator Stan Lee. Ending with the one thing superheroes have in common, a tailor?!

In Conclusion: spiritual metaphors in spandex by Simcha Weinstein, the author starts off with the best quote yet by Jerry Seinfeld, just because it’s so true. He gives readers a brief history of the great comic artists/storytellers, as if to share the less interesting first. Then he gives us this great story about his life starting from when he was young to when he grew up loving to study comics because of his love for them. When his antidote is written out for his audience about his resistance to go against his religion and work on the day of Sabbath. By denying to work on this day of rest and worship, Weinstein is removing his mask and becoming a hero for finally doing something that wouldn’t betray who he was but would strengthen his identity. As he ends, Weinstein asks his readers to “stop and reflect the real you—the unassailable, essential you.” Weinstein encourages his audience to go out without a mask and to touch the lives of many or even to transform the life of another.

This reading was long but not at all complicated. It was interesting from the little quotes in the box to the end. Weinstein does a good at getting my attention with the humorous quotes. He did a good job at getting me to really believe the main topic he kept writing about how Jewish culture could be found in almost every superhero character. I would never have considered that maybe each superhero standing for something like courage, teamwork etc. I do think this is a very controversial writing though because although Weinstein gives good evidence he’s saying that there is a lot of Jewish things that could be found in almost every superhero figure but he focuses mainly on Spiderman (Peter Parker) in this reading. However, it was a good reading, I found it interesting and learned something new.


  1. The part with my own opinions is still kinda short, but I did post this at almost 5 in the morning. :/

  2. This is probably your best post, Candace, minus a few grammar errors. But that's excellent that your seeing how Weinstein's connections could apply to multiple beliefs! You're starting analyze rhetoric and see the flaws! I'm so proud ;-)

  3. Thanks, I'll try to re-read it next time was way to tired to even try.

  4. I think this is a very good post and has an interesting take. Keep it up. Although, it was a late post, you managed to do more than anybody else.

  5. Good post, Rayna, but Candace is in my other class, so technically, this post was early :-)