460 Votes for Shais “MaNishtana” Rison
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Shais “MaNishtana” Rison
New York, New York
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Born into an Orthodox African-American Jewish family, MaNishtana's traceable familial ties to Judaism reach back a span of almost two centuries; all the while remaining African-American. His unique, humorous, and often irreverent outlook on Judaism, race politics, and racial issues within Judaism and without illustrated through his blogs and videoeshave gained popularity through mentions by blogger Aliza Hausman, the Bechol Lashon, Jews In ALL Hues and Jewish Multiracial Network organizations, The New York Times, The Jerusalem Report, Moment Magazine, Jewcy.com, and have led to speaking engagements for A Taste of Limmud NY and Birthright Israel NEXT. His website Manishtana.net is a hub for people of all faiths, races, nationalities and denominations to meet and exchange ideas on Judaism and beyond, while JocFlock.org is the first and only dating website designed to cater to Jews of Color. Despite the popularity his blunt declarations garner, MaNishtana eagerly looks forward to the day when he has nothing left to say...