Rumors of his family's Jewish ancestry are not new, but they were first fully exposed recently by the New York-based Jewish newspaper The Forward. That same newspaper revealed Senator John Kerry's two Jewish grandmothers, (must be terrible for him), as well as Senator Hillary Clinton's Jewish connection – her grandfather's second marriage was to a Jewish woman – information which her campaign headquarters apparently enthusiastically volunteered.
Allen's mother, Henrietta (Etty) Lumbroso, grew up in French Tunisia of World War II. His grandfather Felix was sent to a death camp, but Etty managed to escape to America. She later married George Allen Senior, and according to her own testimony, she never told him, his family or their children that she was Jewish.
But if you think you have heard everything, I now come with the scoop that the father of playwrights – Shakespeare - was Jewish too.
Before you start shouting, "ignoramus," read my arguments, and than decide. This might be not as serious like the accusations of being Jewish, or blamed for coming from a Jewish heritage with historical leaders such as: Ataturk, Churchill, Eisenhower, Lenin, Rockefeller, Trotsky, Stalin, Albright and Roosevelt, etc all recorded as having Jewish blood.
Claiming that Shakespeare was Jewish is based on my own theories, developed during years of writing nonsense. I discovered that this peculiar family name, which started with William's grandfather, whose real name was Jaco (Jacob) Spiro, a Marano Jew, living in the London area.
The local people changed Jakospiro in Shakespeare. Shakespeare was born in 1564, his parents were John (Jochanan) and Maria (Miriam), his father a wool dealer and money lender, can you think of a more Jewish profession?
But, as you know, you are only a full-blood Jew, if your mother belongs to our Jewish tribe, and indeed William Shakespeare's mother Maria Arden was in actual fact, Miriam Ardon (Ardon means fugitive) from a rich secret Jewish family which in order to safeguard their religion changed their name (in those days, only the very rich had family names) to Arden, a very prominent and branched out aristocratic British family.
To be (Jew) or not to be?
But wait, I have additional arguments, the famous sentence" to be or not to be" is a statement turned into a question, extremely Jewish. And than take his play "the merchant of Venice" with Shylock the Jew, clearly anti-Semitic material, only Jews are capable of writing professional Jew-bashing material, that hurts.
In 1290, King Edward banished the Jews from England. Only a few Jews remained behind, either because they had converted to Christianity or because they enjoyed special protection for the services they provided. Thus, in order to know Jews, Shakespeare had to meet them, or being a secret Jew himself, he could provide himself a perfect alibi by writing an anti-Semitic play.
The poet put into Shylock's mouth a speech that can only come from Shakespeare's own heart:
"I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? "
If this is not enough to convince you, let us remind you of some famous Shakespearian quotes:
1 – Women speak two languages – one of which is verbal.
2– Beauty is all very well at first sight, but whoever looks at it when it has been in house three days?
3 – Something smells in the Kingdom of Denmark, Chicken soup with kneidlach, dear Horatio.
But the fine readers will now correct me and tell me that he said "rotten" instead of smells. I have no way to know, if the above mentioned soup was slightly spoiled, but I think I presented sufficient proof for my argument, and somebody who still does not agree with me, should try to proof to me that Shakespeare was a gentile.