Muhammad Ali Attends Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Muhammad Ali attended his grandson Jacob Wertheimer’s bar mitzvah at Philidelphia’s Temple Rodeph Shalom.
Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, the 70-year-old former boxing champion's daughter and the boy’s mother, said that even though her father raised his children as Muslims, he was "supportive [of the bar mitzvah] in every way. He followed everything and looked at the Torah very closely. It meant a lot to Jacob that he was there,” Ali-Wertheimer told Ali biographer Thomas Hauser.
"I was born and raised as a Muslim," she said, "but I’m not into organized religion. I’m more spiritual than religious. My husband is Jewish. No one put any pressure on Jacob to believe one way or another. He chose this on his own because he felt a kinship with Judaism and Jewish culture."
[Sources: TheSweetScience.com and the Philidelphia Daily News via Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic Magazine blog.]