Jewish Dy­lan

Forward Magazine - - Letters -

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?”


Queens, N.Y.

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