Steve Jobs’s Father Is . . .
. . . his father—period.


Dennis Prager

Once each year on my radio show I devote an hour to making the case for how much less blood matters than love and values. And for anyone who disagrees, I offer this story.

One year a man called my show from his car to tell me that while he nearly always agrees with me, on this issue I was simply wrong. He explained that he is the only child of Jewish Holocaust survivors, and every one of his parents’ relatives had been murdered by the Nazis. He was literally the only blood relative they had. Now, he asked, can I see how blood can be very important — and that a blood child is different from an adopted one?

I responded by suggesting that this man ask his parents one question: “Would you rather have a blood child who converted from Judaism to another religion or an adopted child who was a committed Jew?”

That one question changed his mind.

None of this is meant in any way to be disrespectful toward Arabs or Arab-Americans. I would say the same thing if his biological father were Jewish or Albanian or Greek: Steve Jobs was an American, the son of Paul and Clara Jobs. Period.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. He may be contacted through his website,


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