Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Israeli Superheroes!

Continuing the theme of Jewish superheroes, I present two Israeli superheroes from DC and Marvel Comics.

The first is The Seraph (aka Israeli teacher Chaim Lavon), a member of DC Comics' international superhero group known as the Global Guardians. First appearing in Superfriends #7 (October 1977) he has the strength of Samson (derived from his long hair), the Ring of Solomon (shown to teleport wearer short distances), Staff of Moses (shown to have turned into a serpent and part water) and the mantle of Elijah.

Seraphwith Superman

Seraph with Flag

The second is Marvel's Sabra (aka Ruth Bat-Seraph). The woman who would become known to the world as Sabra was born with super strength, invulnerability, and reflexes. The source of these powers is unknown. When she became a secret agent for the state of Israel, she was given top-secret tools and weapons invented by government scientists. She uses these tools in defense of Israeli interests, using her career as a police officer as a cover. abra wears a cape that allows her to fly at speeds just over 300 mph. She also wears two wrist blasters that shoot energy quilts that can paralyze the nervous system of an average person for over an hour. (Info taken from


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.