Talk:Rod Carew

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The question left unaddressed here is whether Rod Carew needed to convert to Judaism. He may well have been born Jewish. Do not forget that most Latin American Jews, 1) are Sephardic, not Ashkenazic (i.e., they originally came from Spain and Portugal), and, 2) most Jews in Latin America were historically "Marranos" or Jews who hid the fact they were Jewish (often by publicly professing Christianity, taking communion, etc.) - and many Latin American Jews still do. So, just because he has not publicly said he is Jewish does not mean he is not Jewish - if anything, given his national origin, that would almost make it more likely that he was born Jewish than less likely; and if he was born Jewish, whether or not he actually "identifies" as Jewish, he would not need to convert. Apart from which, formal conversion ceremonies are not universally required in Judaism, which has no national or international governing body.

This article was cited in the Minneapolis Star Tribune(!) of 20 August 2005 in an article about Jewish sportspeople in Minnesota history. Specifically the passage:
Many sources have long claimed that he converted to Judaism when he married his wife and in this sense he is sometimes compared to Sammy Davis Jr. as a famous "Jewish convert of color"; however, this is incorrect. He has never undergone a formal conversion ceremony nor publicly identified himself as an adherent of Judaism, however, his children were raised Jewish and it is assumed that as such he partakes in some Jewish activities such as lighting Chanukah candles or organizing Passover seders with his family.

Seselwa 16:39, 20 August 2005 (UTC)

So basically, yet another article that doesn't quote Rod Carew, only this time the article says he's /not/ Jewish? How is this dispositive of anything what-so-ever? As far as I'm concerned, the issue is still unresolved and the the article should be altered to reflect that status. Geofferic (talk) 02:35, 15 December 2009 (UTC)
Humm... I'm not terribly familiar with, or quite frankly personally interested in, the details which seem to be in dispute here. I just wanted to question the last couple of edits here, which added a citation needed tag. Is the fact that Saddleback Church is Baptist what is being questioned, or the fact that he attends the church?
V = I * R (talk to Ohms law) 17:19, 13 January 2010 (UTC)

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