Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
Â If Tamir Goodman is Ashkenazi Jewish, then how come he looks white and has orange hair like an Irishman rather than Arab features?
The illustration is from an Orthodox Jewish book for children about King David. It shows David being anointed by the Prophet Samuel. David is depicted with red hair. King David indeed did have red hair (1-Samuel 16:12, 17:42). Esau the twin-brother of Jacob also had red-hair (Genesis 25:25). The Hebrew word used here meaning red hair is "Edmoni." This word is sometimes translated into English as "ruddy" but red-haired appears to be the more correct understanding. A lot of Jews look like that. In fact the Ashkenazi Jews before World War-2 in some areas (e.g. Galicia) probably had a higher percentage of red-heads than Ireland! Red heads are also found among Sephardic Jews communities from North Africa. Red heads are also considered characteristic of Jews from some areas of Iran, and from Georgia. Tamir Goodman is a basketball player from an American Jewish Orthodox family. He has red hair, blue eyes, a few freckles, pale skin, and a moderately prominent somewhat Jewish nose. The question implied that Tamir Goodman looked more Irish than Semitic. Jews and Israelites always looked like that. Ancient Egyptian pictures of people from the Israelite area sometimes depict them with red hair.
Most Jews however are of Mediterranean type and have dark brown or black hair. For that matter, so do many Irish! Statistically the so-called "Irish nose" is found more among Jews than among Irishmen. Quote a few Irishmen and Scottish have stereotypical Jewish looking noses. It may be that the Irish and other British people are also Israelites and of the same stock as the Jews. This is what I and others believe. Similarities in physical appearance may be explained by environmental influence or by other factors. The fact is that to some degree they do exist! See: