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Being a Jewish guy, it was kinda hard growing up knowing there were no Jewish superheroes. Of course, I was happy when I heard The Thing, to much fanfare, was revealed to be Jewish; but that was only ONE out of many.
Since then, I’ve learned Kitty Pryde, Batwoman and others are Jewish,
But none ever struck me as much as Ragman; the son of a Holocaust survivor, born to carry on the legacy of being the protector of the Jewish people and all in need of protection. A man who wore an outfit first woven by Abraham and remade by the Grand Rabbi of Prague when the Golem went glitchy. His supporting cast included a rabbi. He is a man who wrestles with his identity as a hero, as a protector, as a way for evil souls to earn redemption, as an American, and as a Jew.
It’s something I identify more with than a guy made of rocks. One of his major struggles is carrying on with a legacy from a faith he isn’t particularly observant in. I’m not particularly observant either, yet I can’t help to answer questions about my heritage, nor can I always escape the feeling of being “other” in a mainly Christian society.
Ragman is an interesting complex character; and I hope to see him in the New 52 soon.

Being a Jewish guy, it was kinda hard growing up knowing there were no Jewish superheroes. Of course, I was happy when I heard The Thing, to much fanfare, was revealed to be Jewish; but that was only ONE out of many.

Since then, I’ve learned Kitty Pryde, Batwoman and others are Jewish,

But none ever struck me as much as Ragman; the son of a Holocaust survivor, born to carry on the legacy of being the protector of the Jewish people and all in need of protection. A man who wore an outfit first woven by Abraham and remade by the Grand Rabbi of Prague when the Golem went glitchy. His supporting cast included a rabbi. He is a man who wrestles with his identity as a hero, as a protector, as a way for evil souls to earn redemption, as an American, and as a Jew.

It’s something I identify more with than a guy made of rocks. One of his major struggles is carrying on with a legacy from a faith he isn’t particularly observant in. I’m not particularly observant either, yet I can’t help to answer questions about my heritage, nor can I always escape the feeling of being “other” in a mainly Christian society.

Ragman is an interesting complex character; and I hope to see him in the New 52 soon.

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