History's Most Badass Jews
Bugsy Siegel, Kerri Strug and, of course, Jesus make the list
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2009 5:10 AM CST
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, seen in a 1941 photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The beginning of Hanukkah gave Sam Greenspan the excuse to give us his list of history’s most-badass Jews. Some highlights:

  • The Maccabees: “Led Jewish fighters into battles against the armies of Seleucia, Syria, and Rome … and won,” leading to the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem that the holiday celebrates. The top badasses.
  • Bugsy Siegel: The gangster behind Las Vegas is a lock, and “you know Bugsy's hardcore because, when he got the biopic treatment, the role of Bugsy Siegel was played by Warren Beatty. No Jason Alexander or Paul Reiser casting here.”

  • Bill Goldberg: Pro wrestler also played in the NFL “and even played a murderin’ Santa Claus in the 2005 movie Santa’s Slay.”
  • Kerri Strug: Gymnast famously nailed the landing on a seriously injured ankle at the 1996 Olympics. “Name one other Jewish woman who's that tough.”
  • David Berkowitz: Before the Son of Sam serial killer “became a Satanic murderer, he was born a Jew … and, yeah, he’s one scary son-of-a-bitch.”
  • Jesus: “Brutally tortured in a way that would even shock Mad Max … and STILL was badass enough to just take it in stride and die for your sins.”
For the rest of the list, click the link at right.