Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, is one of the US’s most visible Jews, but his name is more Caledonian than Yiddishe — Stewart changed it from Leibowitz.
This fact has not gone unnoticed. Ron Rosenbaum has issued an open letter in the online magazine, Slate, imploring Stewart to become Leibowitz once again.
Writes Rosenbaum: “I want you to change your name back to Leibowitz. Stewart is just so 20th century, a relic of that dark age when Jews in showbiz changed their names because they feared real Americans wouldn’t accept the original.”
I fear the Scots would take it badly.