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Okay I got impatient for when I asked last time, so I looked up as much information as I could for evidence that Tim Drake is canonically Jewish, and all I could really find was his mother Janet was Jewish and Chuck Dixon intended to write him as such.
Anybody have any further evidence?
I do think Tim’s mom being Jewish is still up for debate (since it was never made explicit), but the quote from Dixon is actually pretty substantial. He said that he has always viewed Tim as being Jewish, and most probably written him with that mindset. So it’s not too far-fetched to say that he’s ambiguously Jewish.
I thought he was just ethnically Jewish because of the whole paced-down-by-mom-thing
Yes, although that’s not the whole story.
If Tim’s mom is Jewish, he would be considered Jewish by any religious authority, as well as ethnically Jewish, obviously.
If Tim’s dad is Jewish, he would be considered simply a non-Jew by many religious authorities, ethnically Jewish but not religiously Jewish to those who make that distinction (such as yours truly), and religiously Jewish by a few more lenient religious authorities.
But when you’re writing a character, what’s far more important than how other people might label them is how they’d label themselves, so I think the real question here is: Does Tim consider himself Jewish?
We’ve never seen him depicted as religiously observant (even insofar as celebrating the holidays in some way like many non-religious Jews do - Kate lights a menorah in one issue, for example), so I’d have to say he doesn’t view Judaism as his religion. But he could still identify as ethnically Jewish, feel kinship with the Jews as his people, or have his identity informed by Judaism in some aspect. The problem is, it would be hard to make the case that he does, because (to my knowledge) we’ve never seen that to be true. He could be written that way in the future, but based on the canon we’ve got I’d have to say so far there’s little evidence that Tim thinks of himself as a Jew in any way.
I don’t care which one or from where or what time period or comic arc. Any Tim Drake. There are 20 billion versions of him at this point, pick one. (Though almost all of them are: smart, sassy, incredibly geeky, fiercely loyal, and completely deprived of any lasting happiness.)
I’d just like to know that other people like him please.
The people currently in charge of him certainly don’t.
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