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We are delighted that you found your way to J-Grit.com, the only internet resource devoted to compiling biographies of the world's toughest, bravest, and most adventurous Jews.

Unless otherwise noted, the author of of our entries is Daniel Meyer, dmeyer@j-grit.com, a Brooklyn, New York based historian with no credentials other than a Liberal Arts degree from CCNY (City College of New York) and a passion for chronicling tough Jews.

Below is a list of J-Grit's most frequently asked questions:

Q) What is the purpose of J-Grit.com?
A) Simple! J-Grit.com is a website whose mission is to compile an archive of as many adventurous, brave, tough, athletic and fearless Jews as we can possibly get our hands on.

Q) Why is there a need for such a site?
A) The world is full of ugly stereotypes about Jews. One such stereotype, which is rarely challenged, is the idea that Jews are somehow physically inferior, more afraid to get their hands dirty, or less athletic than members of other ethnic groups. Everyone thinks of the Jewish lawyer, accountant or nebbish Woody Allen type, but what about the Jewish boxers, fighter pilots and firefighters? There is a tremendous legacy of physicality in the Jewish world and we feel people should be made aware of this.

Q) What are the criteria for inclusion into your site?
A) We include any present or historical figure with a demonstrated record of bravery, toughness, heroics or fearlessness. We do not include individuals who are primarily known for cunning, smarts or wile.

Q) Why do you list gangsters and criminals—aren't you just glorifying them?
A) Many of those listed in our Criminals section are unrepentant murderers and sociopaths, with few, if any, redeeming qualities. However, many do fit our criteria, that is, they are brave, physically tough, and daring. We may not like them, but they do meet our standards for entry.

Q) Why are some links brown while others are grey and italicized?
A) The brown links point to other areas within our site. The links that are grey and italicized point to Amazon.com. A small percentage of every item you buy as a result of clicking on these links will go towards the maintenance costs of running our site. Your price will remain the same whether or not you come from J-Grit.

Q) Can I suggest someone whom you may want to profile?
A) We would love it. Please go to our contact page and tell us.

Q) Can I write an entry for the site?
A) If you have an idea for an entry and can demonstrate your writing skills through a sample or two, we would be more than happy to review and possibly publish your submission. Once again, go to our contact page and let us know what you are thinking about submitting.