Rabbi David Wolpe
Their day begins at night, they show a certain aversion to the sign of the cross and they dress in black. Of course, I am talking about Jews.
But add some invidious stereotypes – bloodsucking and a predatory nature, and you get vampires. So, are vampires Jewish?
There are Jewish vampires. In his classic, “Jewish Magic and Superstition” (Forgotten Books, 2008), Joshua Trachtenberg writes that medieval Jewish literature has tales of “Estrie” – a bloodsucking demon who can assume different forms. But Trachtenberg points out that the Estrie and similar fiends are of non-Jewish origin, imported into certain strands of Jewish folklore to express deep-seated fears of dangers lurking in the world.
For more, see the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, www.jewishjournal.com/cover_story/article/five_reasons_vampires_arent_jews_20091111/.