Jewish Dylan

Letter to the Editor

Published October 17, 2012, issue of October 26, 2012.

In your rundown of Bob Dylan’s most Jewish songs (“The Bard’s 10 Most Jewish Songs,” October 5) you forgot “Father of Night” and “Drifter’s Escape.” The first is a doxology to an awe-inspiring God much like the God of Judaism; in the second, the drifter (a wanderer, like the Jewish people) is accused of an unknown crime and saved by divine intervention.

As for the name Zimmerman being German and therefore not Jewish: It’s both, because of the common descent of Yiddish and Modern German from Middle High German. Alfred Rosenberg was the head of the Nazi foreign policy office and a vicious anti-Semitic propagandist, and we all know how common a Jewish name Rosenberg is. And as my sister once asked our father, “You mean there could be a Nazi named Weiss?”

Miriam Weiss

Queens, N.Y.



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