Readers of a certain vintage raised in Jewish homes will recognize the question posed by the title as the ultimate arbiter on issues of the day. Is Sammy Davis Jr. good for the Jews? Absolutely, I’m kvelling. Is Eisenhower good for the Jews? Not so much. Even today, the expression survives. The Wall Street Journal recently published a column assuring its readers that the new Pope Francis would be “good for the Jews.”
Now Brad Pitt’s summer movie spectacular, World War Z, has the world wondering: are zombies good for the Jews?