God Says Hola to Zola

Maybe this is old news to you--and if it is, you were probably baptized and bar mitzvahed--but Dallas "Hebrew Christian" Zola Levitt died on Wednesday after a protracted battle with cancer. Or, as his Web site puts it, "the promotion to the home office came through," a line of humor that suggests that even at this late date, Levitt was more Hebrew than Christian. (Maybe he was a Catskills Christian.) For years he was the star of Zola Levitt Presents, a most confusing nationally broadcast show that looked Jewish but sounded Christian, or perhaps it was the other way around. I'd watch on occasion and consider him the second uncle who was slightly cracked (End Times much?) but still a mensch; maybe it was the fact he was also considered a skilled player of the recorder, an instrument at which I was very adept in third grade. Zola's son Mark says the ministry will continue without the old man around to send Jews to Jesus; thank the God of your choosing for that. --Robert Wilonsky

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