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Jewish Elvis  Elvis Presley Jewish Ancestry  Presley Family Tree
Before Madonna discovered Kabbalah, Elvis studied Numerology and the Kabbalah
Inside Judaism, it forms the foundations of mystical religious interpretation. Outside Judaism, its scriptures are read outside the traditional canons and laws of organised religion

Jewish Museum Berlin  has a new exhibition named "The Whole Truth", which tries to confront various questions about Judaism and being Jewish: which will feature a picture of Elvis wearing a Star of David

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(Nancy Burdine was married to Abner Tackett. Nancy was of particular interest to Gladys for her Jewish heritage, often remembering Nancy's sons for their Jewish names Sidney and Jerome. Nancy and Abner had a daughter Martha who married White Mansell. The a daughter which they named Octavia nick-named Doll who was Elvis' maternal grandmother. Doll and Robert had nine children. Gladys Love was the fifth daughter born followed by 3 more brothers and one sister. Gladys' sister Clette Smith married Vester Presley making Patsy Presley a double cousin to Elvis.

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Elvis wearing a Chai "Jewish Life" Symbol

Elvis Jewish and Native American Heritage Jewish Elvis: In the  book "Elvis and Gladys" - Elaine Dundy discovered the Presley and Smith family tree to be a mixed bag of ethnic lineage from Native American Indian to Elvis' Jewish ancestry. Tobe of Jewish  is a maternal acquisition because there is no mistaking who is the mother of a child.  Because Elvis' Jewish line ran uninterrupted through his maternal grandmothers according to Jewish law Elvis Aron Presley is considered Jewish. 

This is what Dundy discovered in her research: "...Nancy Burdine was married to Abner Tacket. Nancy was of particular interest to Gladys for her Jewish heritage, often remembering Nancy's sons for their Jewish names Sidney and Jerome. Nancy and Abner had a daughter Martha (Tacket) who married White Mansell. The daughter which they named Octavia nicknamed Doll who was Elvis' maternal grandmother."

Doll and Robert had nine children. Gladys Love was the fifth daughter born followed by three brothers and a sister. Gladys' sister Clette Smith married Vester Presley making Patsy Presley a double cousin to Elvis. Patsy Anderson worked at Graceland in Elvis Fan Club liaison.

Elvis Presley Jewish Ancestry - Star of David After his mother died Elvis personally sought to design his beloved mother’s gravesite which included a Star of David on Gladys Love Presley's tombstone. The decision was made by him in honour of his Jewish heritage. Something his mother was proud of and acknowledged to Elvis at a very early age.

[Due to the bizarre August 29,  1977 " break in" to steal Elvis's body -  on the evening of October 2, 1977, Elvis and his mother's bodies were moved from their original places of burial at Forest Hill Cemetery and reburied side by side in the grounds of Graceland in an area Elvis had named the Meditation Garden.]


Later in life, when Elvis discovered the teachings of Judaism, Zen Buddhism and the occult teachings through his hairdresser Larry Geller he became familiar with the Hebrew alphabet and its symbols.

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Throughout 1977 Elvis wore a "Chai" necklace. When Charlie Hodge asked Elvis why this particular piece of jeweler was so important, without missing a beat Elvis retorted  "I don’t want to miss out on going' to heaven on a technicality."  The "Chai" symbol is simply the Hebrew word for "Life" with the two Hebrew letters Chet & Yod attached together. It refers to Living with G*d.

In Judaism the word Chai has great significance. The typical Jewish toast is l'chayim (to life) Gifts to charity are routinely given in multiples of 18 (the numeric value of the word Chai) religious cannons.

Kabbalah Chai Pendent The book In Search of Elvis Presley's Jewish Roots outline numerous aspects of Elvis' Jewish identity, including the fact that his mother, Gladys, was part Jewish and part Indian. William Mansell married Morning White Dove, a full blooded Indian. They had several children, one of which was John Mansell, who fathered White Mansell. White Mansell married Martha Tackett. Martha's mother Nancy was Jewish.

Elvis was well aware of his Jewish ancestry, as a child was instructed not to advertise the fact because "people didn't like Jews" according to his parents. Yet, Elvis, who lived in an apartment below a Jewish rabbi, would often visit. The widow of the rabbi talks about Elvis. She recalls how, Elvis would visit their house on Saturday in order to turn on lights and do things they weren't allowed to do. Elvis carried a yarmulke in his pocket. He was fascinated by Jewish music. As an adult, she remembers how Elvis donated to several Jewish organizations. 

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Elvis Presley wearing a Star of David  1972

From the book: "Oh yes. One day the Memphis Jewish Welfare sent a delegation to Graceland to see him and ask if he could contribute. At Christmas every year he would donate $1,000 to a number of Memphis charities and one of them was the Memphis Hebrew Academy, and so they thought maybe they could get something. They explained what they do, taking care of poor Jews and orphans. Elvis excused himself for a minute. When he came back, he handed the leader of the delegation a check. They didn't know what to expect. They thought $1,000 would be nice. When they looked at the check, it was for $150,000. The equivalent of more than a million dollars today. The man said, 'Elvis, you must have made a mistake.' Elvis said, 'I didn't make a mistake, I know what I'm doing.' Later on, he also donated a room to the old Memphis Jewish Community Center." 

Louis-Armstrong-Star-Of-DavidLouis Armstrong  was born of a prostitute mother and “missing” father. At five years old Armstrong caught the attention of a poor but loving Russian Jewish immigrant family, the Karnofskys. He attached himself to the father, to help him with his horse-and-wagon coal hauling business.

 The Karnofskys, took him in for dinners, including Shabbat and provided him with the love he needed. The bought him, his first cornet that led to his passion of JAZZ and onto worldwide fame.

Louis Armstrong spoke fluent Yiddish and throughout  his  life, always wore a Star of David. 
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