Top 155 Jewish Quotes of 2020

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“The official Hamas charter calls for the murder of Jews and destruction of the Jewish state.”

― Aaron Klein

“I’m not super, super religious. If this is okay to say, I’m more culturally Jewish.”

― Abbi Jacobson

“The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.”

― Abraham Cahan

“A lot of Jewish kids do identify with us.”

― Ad-Rock

“No one in my family has been observant for generations, but we all identify with being Jewish.”

― Adam Mansbach

“I’m basically an Upper West Side Jewish writer.”

― Alan Furst

“I had a Hebraic wedding in New York, so I’m definitely Jewish.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“No one in my family is Jewish; no one was raised as a Jew, me included.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“Since 1985, I have written about contemporary Jewish practice and the Jewish community.”

― Anita Diament

“My six handbooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events mostly followed the trajectory of my adult Jewish life.”

― Anita Diament

“I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.”

― Anita Diament

“One generation after another is drifting away from anything Jewish.”

― Ariel Sharon

“Jerusalem is the holiest place for the Jewish people.”

― Ariel Sharon

“It was a grave mistake to dismantle the Jewish communities in Sinai.”

― Ariel Sharon

“Every leaving of a Jewish community is a most difficult thing.”

― Ariel Sharon

“I’ve never dated a Jewish woman.”

― Ato Essandoh

“We established Israel as a Jewish country. I want to provide an Israel that is a Jewish, Zionist country.”

― Avigdor Lieberman

“Arabs don’t have to be the victims of the Jewish war between Lieberman and Netanyahu.”

― Ayman Odeh

“Has there ever been a crisper expression of the consequences of ‘intersectionality’ than a ban on Jewish lesbians from a Dyke March?”

― Bari Weiss

“For a Jewish guy, I’ve recorded a lot of Christmas albums.”

― Barry Manilow

“Most people don’t seem to know that I am Jewish.”

― Becky Albertalli

“President Obama himself has attributed the legitimacy of the Jewish State not to its historic identity as Jewish territory, but to the Holocaust.”

― Ben Shapiro

“I’m Jewish, so it’s like I’m not totally white. I’m, like, gray.”

― Brett Gelman

“We keep a Jewish household and are raising our daughters Jewish.”

― Carlos Lopez-Cantera

“I’m Jewish and Italian, and I lucked out and got the nose of both cultures.”

― Chelsea Peretti

“There are very close ties between the Jewish and Mormon people.”

― Chuck Schumer

“The novel at its nineteenth-century pinnacle was a Judaized novel: George Eliot and Dickens and Tolstoy were all touched by the Jewish covenant: they wrote of conduct and of the consequences of conduct: they were concerned with a society of will and commandment.”

― Cynthia Ozick

“I could live on challah bread, the Jewish kosher bread, quite happily.”

― Dan Aykroyd

“I was raised Jewish and bar mitzvahed.”

― Dan Futterman

“I know a lot about Jewish comedians.”

― Dana Snyder

“Though I am not religious in the least, I am very proud to be Jewish.”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“My face couldn’t play Jewish.”

― David Burtka

“I attended five different Jewish day schools as a teenager. I mean, I was trained as a hazan!”

― David Draiman

“Seattle’s not a particularly Jewish city, and I’m not in any way religious. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been a fairly productive, even obsessively productive, writer.”

― David Shields

“I went to this very disorganized Jewish summer camp in Maine called Camp Modin.”

― David Wain

“My mother was a Jewish General Patton.”

― Don Rickles

“There is no Polish culture without Jewish culture.”

― Donald Tusk

“I’m just a simple Jewish boy from the Bronx.”

― Ed Koch

“I remind everybody that the Sabbath was the Jewish gift to civilization.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“Intermarriage is not a calamity but an opportunity for both a Jewish and non-Jewish partner to learn.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“Emerging from embattled and humble beginnings, the Jewish state has exceeded all expectations for its success and prosperity.”

― Ehud Olmert

“My family was totally non-religious. There was no question we were Jewish, but we were not observant.”

― Elayne Boosler

“A convert, if he converts through the Orthodox, he has the Jewish gene. If he doesn’t convert through the Orthodox, he doesn’t have the Jewish gene. As simple as that.”

― Eli Yishai

“We are losing the Jewish people in the Diaspora.”

― Eli Yishai

“If you want to be Jewish, welcome, but convert via the Halacha.”

― Eli Yishai

“In Jewish history there are no coincidences.”

― Elie Wiesel

“I don’t consider myself a Jewish writer.”

― Ellen Ullman

“I’m still Elliott Yamin. I’m still the funky white Jewish boy from Richmond, Va.”

― Elliott Yamin

“We have some Jewish members of Congress, not a lot but there’s a bunch of us.”

― Gary Ackerman

“Wasn’t the Treaty of Versailles, wasn’t that disproportionately influenced by Jewish intellectuals? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not pro-Holocaust.”

― Gavin McInnes

“Extol Jewish virtue, modern Zionism and the Israeli Defense Forces.”

― Geraldo Rivera

“Preparing foods from other Jewish communities is broadening. It’s interesting to sample the foods of other Jewish communities and see what they developed.”

― Gil Marks

“Passover is the most widely observed of all the Jewish holidays, and the Passover Seder… is the most practiced of all the Jewish rituals.”

― Gil Marks

“You can’t do more mama than Italian Jewish mama.”

― Ginevra Elkann

“The Jewish part of me is superstitious.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“Maybe there’s something about the outsiderness of being Jewish that makes for a fiery feminist type.”

― Hanna Rosin

“I look completely like my mum. She’s very foreign, very Jewish.”

― Helena Bonham Carter

“I grew up in Wakefield, Mass., and there were only a couple of Jewish families in the town.”

― Israel Horovitz

“The disappearance of the Jewish state will not mean the disappearance of anti-Semitism.”

― Jack Schwartz

“There’s never really been a tradition of making films about Jewish themes or using Judaism as a constant.”

― James Gray

“People always think I’m Jewish. Actually, I’m a lapsed Catholic.”

― Jeffrey C. Hall

“While I am very much Jewish ‘identified,’ I’m not a very religious person.”

― Jennifer Gilmore

“I was too Jewish for ‘Flashdance.’”

― Jennifer Grey

“Black and Jewish leaders have been a coalition of conscience.”

― Jesse Jackson

“I’m part Jewish and part Christian, but I’m mostly Jewish.”

― Joey King

“I’m an honorary old Jewish lady of the West Village.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I’m Jewish. Went to a Jewish school.”

― Jonathan Glazer

“Faced with destruction, the Jewish people survived.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb.”

― Josh McDowell

“In America, I’ve been told so many times that I look ‘too Jewish’ that I stopped counting.”

― Judy Gold

“I’m from Manhattan. I’m some Jewish girl from the Upper West Side.”

― Julia Garner

“I guess you could say I’m kind of Jewish but not really.”

― Julian Edelman

“I am the ultimate Jewish mother.”

― Karen Katz

“Jewish voters are not one homogenous block.”

― Ken Livingstone

“I was nearly a teen-ager before I stopped assuming that everyone I met was Jewish.”

― Kenneth Lonergan

“I am Jewish, Italian, American, Catholic.”

― Lapo Elkann

“I am not Alt-Right, but I am Jewish and have publicly denounced the Alt-Right.”

― Laura Loomer

“I’m half Jewish half WASP.”

― Lena Dunham

“I am an unusual Irishman. I’m probably Ireland’s third most famous Jewish son.”

― Lenny Abrahamson

“I came from a classic, literate, intellectual Jewish family.”

― Lenny Abrahamson

“I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps, the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel, and the Irish.”

― Leon Uris

“Our people represent a tapestry of interwoven identities embodying the rich diversity of what it means to be Jewish.”

― Lynn Schusterman

“Jewish stinginess and financial wizardry gained them commercial control of Europe and provoked anti-Semitism, which waxed and waned in Europe throughout the ages.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“I’m Jewish and I can sing and I’m alive.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“I’m from Cleveland, Ohio, which has one of the largest Jewish populations in a single district in the state of Ohio and almost anyplace else in the United States.”

― Marcia Fudge

“I’m Catholic, he’s Jewish, and it was just easier to elope.”

― Marg Helgenberger

“I’m Russian Jewish. And I had to grow up really quickly.”

― Margarita Levieva

“Jewish skullcaps are obviously not a problem in our country.”

― Marine Le Pen

“People do think I’m Jewish. But we’re Irish Catholic. My father had a brogue.”

― Martin Short

“My music is really about people connecting with their identities, even if they aren’t Jewish.”

― Matisyahu

“Reggae music isn’t Jewish, but a lot of the ideas are.”

― Matisyahu

“My dad was Jewish. My mom is not. So I was not raised anything.”

― Matt Lauer

“My father belonged to a Jewish social club.”

― Maurice Sendak

“I grew up looking to all those Jewish athletes for inspiration.”

― Max Aaron

“I get anxious. That lovely Jewish guilt that comes with ancestry.”

― Maya Rudolph

“Today, Jewish defense is an accepted thing.”

― Meir Kahane

“Jews have been in Egypt since Biblical times, and Alexandria had once been, at least partially, a Jewish city.”

― Meir Kahane

“No one will frighten the large and free Jewish community of the United States.”

― Menachem Begin

“I always fancied myself an outdoorsman, even though I’m a Jewish guy from the East Coast.”

― Michael Finkel

“My wife is Jewish, and therefore, it’s my children’s birthright to be Jewish.”

― Michael J. Fox

“I was one of two Jewish kids in my school. We were probably one of two Jewish families in our town.”

― Michael Lynton

“To call somebody a Jewish composer is obviously redundant.”

― Mitch Leigh

“By the reduction of the Arabs on the one hand and Jewish immigration in the transition period on the other, we will ensure an absolute Hebrew majority in a parliamentary regime.”

― Moshe Sharett

“When the Jewish state is established – it is very possible that the result will be transfer of Arabs.”

― Moshe Sharett

“Historically, the National Religious Party, which my party – Jewish Home – is built upon, has aligned itself in consecutive Israeli governments with the ultra-Orthodox factions.”

― Naftali Bennett

“We need to do everything possible to save the Jewish state. We don’t have another Jewish state.”

― Naftali Bennett

“The prime minister is not a private individual, but the leader of the Jewish State and the Jewish world as a whole.”

― Naftali Bennett

“I am very proud of being Jewish.”

― Neil Sedaka

“I used to think the whole world was Jewish.”

― Neil Sedaka

“I’m on the board of trustees at Boston University. I’m on the board of trustees at Jewish Family Services.”

― Nina Tassler

“I don’t think a Jewish or Christian or Islamic state is a proper concept. I would object to the United States as a Christian state.”

― Noam Chomsky

“My whole life has a Jewish flavour.”

― Patrick Marber

“I consider myself a Jewish writer, like all my heroes: Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, Woody Allen.”

― Patrick Marber

“I don’t think the area of Jerusalem should be part of a Jewish state; it belongs to all people, to Christians and Muslims and the Jewish people.”

― Patti Smith

“I’m short, I’m Jewish and I’m a liberal.”

― Paul Wellstone

“I’m Jewish, not Catholic, but I’m a spiritual person.”

― Peter Landesman

“Even a secret agent can’t lie to a Jewish mother.”

― Peter Malkin

“I grew up happily immersed in Jewish culture and community.”

― Rachel Brosnahan

“We have a very significant number of Jewish citizens, and they have always been safe and secure where they are in Turkey.”

― Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem are interlaced one with the other.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“We can establish a Jewish and democratic state, but the burden of proof is on us.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“United Jerusalem has been and will forever be the capital of the Jewish People.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“Today, there are those who hallucinate that a democratic and Jewish state is only democratic for the Jews.”

― Reuven Rivlin

“In the 5,000-year history of Jewish thought, the notion of a God-man is completely anathema to everything Judaism stands for.”

― Reza Aslan

“There can be no equivocation. I am Jewish.”

― Richard Quest

“There is a Jewish tradition of family, too, but then not all Italian or Jewish families are close.”

― Richard Rogers

“Larry Hart and Dick Rodgers were both bright Jewish boys from Manhattan who at one point or another went to Columbia, but there the similarity in their backgrounds ends.”

― Robert Gottlieb

“It’s very clear from Biblical history and Jewish history that Jewish monotheism wasn’t developed in an instant, that it became gradually the accepted norm. But undoubtedly, Jewish ancestors were polytheists.”

― Robert Winston

“I’m a member of the American legion and VFW, patron member of the Jewish War Veterans.”

― Rodney Frelinghuysen

“I’m either mentally ill or Jewish. I can’t sometimes tell the difference.”

― Roseanne Barr

“I feel more Jewish than I do Iranian.”

― Said Sayrafiezadeh

“I’m studying Kabbalah, which is really the essence of Jewish spirituality.”

― Sandra Bernhard

“I’m Jewish, but I’m totally not.”

― Sarah Silverman

“When it comes to being Jewish, I can’t help myself.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“HQ Trivia is the most Jewish app since JSwipe.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“I have always had excellent cooperation with the Jewish community in Austria.”

― Sebastian Kurz

“I come from French Cajun Jewish people.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“I’m Jewish, so I don’t know much about Easter eggs.”

― Simon Kinberg

“The Jewish story is the story of wandering. It is the story of extraordinary heterogeneous complication.”

― Simon Schama

“I don’t feel that Jewish people have a class.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“I’m a Jewish born-again Christian.”

― Stephen Baldwin

“Any place where the Jewish district is the hipster district is a very surreal and awesome place.”

― Susanna Fogel

“It is as difficult to define or classify Islamic cinema as it would be a Christian, Jewish or Buddhist one.”

― Tariq Ali

“Zionism demands a publicly recognized and legally secured homeland in Palestine for the Jewish people. This platform is unchangeable.”

― Theodor Herzl

“But, when I toil in the field of Jewish culture which I frequently do, I am indeed a Jewish artist.”

― Theodore Bikel

“I get invited to an awful lot of Jewish functions.”

― Tim Roth

“My father was ethnically Jewish, but his family converted to Catholicism.”

― Tom Hollander

“The Jewish exodus from North Africa, in the late nineteen-fifties and the nineteen-sixties, brought hundreds of thousands of Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian Jews to France.”

― Tom Reiss

“I have my own religion. I’m sort of one-quarter Baptist, one-quarter Catholic, one-quarter Jewish.”

― Tom T. Hall

“My family is Jewish, Buddhist, Baptist and Catholic. I don’t believe in man-made religions.”

― Whoopi Goldberg

“I was a very clumsy Jewish kid.”

― William Klein

“I don’t feel we need a declaration from the Palestinians that they recognize Israel as a Jewish state.”

― Yair Lapid

“When we fought for freedom, for the establishment of a Jewish state, we didn’t send a questionnaire to the Jewish nation asking if it wanted a Jewish state.”

― Yitzhak Shamir

“After ’45, Ben Gurion started to organize the Zionist movement and the conference in Baltimore. At this convention, they decided that the helm of the Zionist movement has to be a Jewish commonwealth… a Jewish commonwealth!”

― Yitzhak Shamir

“The Jewish Orthodox community is playing footsie with the alt-right.”

― Zoey Tur
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