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Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me … a nose job appointment?
Orthodox rabbis have concluded that cosmetic surgery is religiously acceptable in many instances.
April 2nd, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me … a nose job appointment?

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) - The problem for Orthodox Jewish singles, when it comes to meeting “the one,” might be right in front of them. Literally, as in staring them in the mirror.

So says a Miami plastic surgeon who recently announced surgery “scholarships” for single men and women in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Doing his part to help bring couples together, Dr. Michael Salzhauer launched this pro-bono campaign for his fellow Jews. Call it nose jobs for nuptials.

“A big nose worked for George Washington,” he said. “But there are standards of beauty that go across all cultures.” Like it or not, the stereotypical “Jewish nose” is a subject fraught with complex history.

No stranger to controversy, Salzhauer was behind a music video about nose jobs that recently gained lots of buzz. So he has no problem admitting that his offer of free surgeries is “very controversial, obviously.”

But if the goal for those in the dating pool is to marry and have children, Salzhauer says, getting noticed – or at least not overlooked – matters.

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Married with five kids and part of the religious community himself, Salzhauer, 39, knows how much family is valued in the Orthodox world. He also knows what it’s like to be ashamed of one’s schnoz.

“I had a big Jewish nose growing up. … Trust me, it was a doozy,” said the surgeon, who had his own rhinoplasty – and a chin implant – eight years into his marriage. “I enjoy noses. I identify with the operation.”

He says he completes about 250 nose jobs a year, and the news release announcing his scholarship program referred to him as “the Nose King of Miami.”

His business, and his offer of free surgeries for those in need, isn't just about noses, though. Does that mean a woman hoping to get noticed with new DD-sized breasts can simply stroll into his Bal Harbour practice and ask for financial nip-and-tuck aid?

Not even close, he says.

All applicants must be referred by their matchmakers, which are common in the Orthodox community. If they are younger than 18, they'll need parental consent. Financial need must be verified by a matchmaker or a rabbi. And each patient must meet criteria – medically, aesthetically and psychologically – before being deemed eligible for surgery.

How I learned to love my big nose

In a community where modesty reigns and tattoos are taboo, the idea of promoting cosmetic surgery may raise eyebrows – at least those on Botox-free foreheads.

Salzhauer understands the perceived disconnect, but he also has a ready answer.

“There are many leniencies for the purposes of marriage,” he said. “And as long as it’s done in a safe way, the idea of changing your body is not in and of itself against Jewish law.”

Hello, scalpel

Rabbinical scholars did not begin debating what Jewish law said about cosmetic surgery until the last half of the 20th century, according to Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, who wrote “A Jewish Approach to Cosmetic Surgery” in the June 2009 issue of the journal Jewish Medical Ethics and Halacha (Jewish law).

It was Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, described by Eisenberg as “the father of the discipline of Jewish medical ethics,” who first discussed the issue in 1961.

Jakobovits essentially concluded that cosmetic surgery should be forbidden unless it is medically recommended (after an accident, for example), can help “facilitate or maintain a happy marriage” or allows a patient to better contribute to society and make a decent living.

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A string of other go-to rabbis issued their own rulings in subsequent years. The general upshot: As long as cosmetic surgery doesn’t do harm and instead helps patients who are not driven by mere arrogance, pass the scalpel.

By the time rabbis began offering official opinions, however, the relationship between Jews and nose jobs already ran deep.

There was “a legacy of a long history of European denegration of the Jewish body, which was seen as flawed and inferior to the Christian body,” said Paul Root Wolpe, the director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. “The Jewish nose was the strongest symbol of that inferiority.”

The idealized image perpetuated in the Western world stuck. Wolpe says that by the time “modern rhinoplasty first began in the U.S., it was significantly overpopulated with Jewish patients.”

That's because when experimentation with nose jobs entered the American surgical stage in the late 1800s, the “Jewish nose” made the list of those considered “desirable for improvement,” according to Elizabeth Haiken's “Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery.”

Surgeons found a market and got to work, making the Jewish people the “first group of Americans to undertake surgical alteration of ethnic features in any numbers,” Haiken wrote.

It was a way to assimilate and ward off discrimination. But that didn't mean the procedures went uncriticized by others.

When Jewish actress, singer and comedian Fanny Brice unveiled amid “great fanfare” her new nose in 1923, Haiken wrote, Dorothy Parker – a writer, poet and critic known for her wisecracks – fired off a quip that Brice had “cut off her nose to spite her race.”

It was a charge Brice forever denied. She was proud to be Jewish, she insisted, and this wasn't about her origins. She simply wanted to improve the nose she had, which she described as “a sight in any language,” Haiken wrote. Even so, Haiken added, Brice's biographer acknowledged that Brice “must have hoped that the operation would make her look less Jewish. ... Ethnicity was definitely not fashionable in the 1920s.”

And it certainly wasn't fashionable or desirable during World War II, as anti-Semitism reared its hideous face not just abroad but also in America. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's cousin, the wife of the U.S. commissioner of immigration, drove that point home.

Laura Delano spoke up in opposition to the Wagner-Rogers bill, which would have relaxed quotas to let 20,000 young German Jewish refugees into the country.

Delano’s words: “20,000 charming children would all too soon grow into 20,000 ugly adults.” This perspective, Haiken wrote, “was in many ways typical of American opinion in 1939,” and the bill was rejected.

If Hitler infamously obsessed over physical and racial differences, what does Salzhauer say to those who might think his fixation on the Jewish nose perpetuates that prejudice?

“If your vestiges of Judaism have receded so far away that all you're left with is your Jewish nose, that's not good news,” he said. “That's exactly the opposite of what should define people. Your Judaism should be based on internal beliefs, internal thoughts. We shouldn't be limited by any physical characteristics.”

Who's coming to the table?

In some American Jewish circles, rhinoplasty has been joked about as a rite of passage. Some women have no qualms admitting to their “sweet 16” nose jobs.

Knowing exactly how many Jews go under the knife or seek new noses is impossible to determine. It’s not like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons keeps those sorts of records. But the appeal today, for at least some Jews, remains real.

Already, Salzhauer says, he has 15 potential “scholarship” patients lined up. We hoped to talk to at least one of them, but the surgeon said plastic surgery is still stigmatized in the Orthodox community - which is partially driving his mission. The patients he invited to call CNN never did.

Salzhauer’s pro-bono service is one Rabbi Benzion Klatzko is fully behind.

He is the founder of Shabbat.com, a site that helps people – the bulk of them singles - find places to go for Shabbat, or the Jewish Sabbath. A section on the site is dedicated to helping singles find matches. In fact, the tagline on the site reads, “Helping people find their Challah,” both a reference to the bread eaten on Shabbat and a play on the Hebrew word for bride, kallah.

When he learned about Salzhauer’s offer, Klatzko says, he was “taken aback.”

“We all want to live up to our higher selves, and our higher selves don’t look at the size of a cheekbone or a nose,” he says. “But there’s a reality that exists,” and it’s one he’s all too aware of. He’s seen too many amazing women, for example, get overlooked by potential husbands at Shabbat tables. And like the surgeon, he’s all for helping singles gain confidence and find matches.

Salzhauer's offer makes sense to Emory University’s Wolpe.

“It is not surprising that someone should propose plastic surgery to try to enhance matrimonial chances,” he said. Faith, after all, doesn't leave people immune to “Western European standards of beauty.”

Still, when he heard about the scholarship plan, the ethicist's first thought was, “Oy.”

A Nose Job Love Song’

Last month, Salzhauer created another stir after he hired the The Groggers to write a song about nose jobs. The self-described modern Orthodox “Jewish pop-punk band with a comic twist” flew to Miami from New York to shoot a video for “Jewcan Sam (A Nose Job Love Song).”

The plot line is, in many ways, ripped from a typical high school playbook. Boy likes girl. Girl likes other boy. The reasons, at least at first, have everything to do with looks.

The song begins:

I want her, but she don't want what I am.
She says you got a beak like Jewcan Sam.
She says I only go with guys,
With perfect upturned noses, so cut yours down to size.

The video features lead singer L.E. Doug Staiman before and after his own rhinoplasty by Salzhauer.

What unfolded leaves the musician laughing.

When Salzhauer contacted the band about five months ago, Staiman scoffed at the surgeon's invitation, saying it was “the most ridiculous concept I ever heard.” He says he fired off a response, in jest: “Wanna give us all nose jobs?”

The surgeon said, “of course I'll give you nose jobs,” Staiman remembers. And as he got to know the doctor, the song idea grew on him. As for taking Salzhauer up on the offer of free surgery - Staiman was the only band member who did - he remained uncertain.

The video concept they all came up with, though, called for it.

“We wrote the script, and I wasn’t sure if I’d do it or not,” says Staiman, who’d grown into his original big nose, the one that was “pretty bad in high school.” And then, as the shoot crept up on them, he realized, “I either have to get a nose job or rewrite the script. … Laziness got the better of me. Rewrites are really tedious. So I thought, ‘The hell with it. I’ll get the nose job.’ ”

The song and video was all in fun, the singer and surgeon say.

It was created for less than $10,000, plus Staiman’s nose job, for social media purposes, Salzhauer says. It would be a new song for The Groggers, a band he likes and wanted to support, and his plan was simply to send it to existing patients and colleagues. The responses he got from people were overwhelmingly positive, he says, and peppered with LOLs.

Soon the video began to spread, as did the hype. Though a couple nasty notes came in, he says, plastic surgeons from across the country sent him kudos.

Then the media pounced. The video (which Salzhauer points out also mocks Oprah, Tom Cruise, high school crushes, the inappropriateness of student-teacher relationships and more) became a hot topic of discussion on shows like "Dr. Drew." The Anti-Defamation League weighed in, calling it “distasteful and offensive,” claiming it played on stereotypes, namely the caricature of Jews with hook noses.

“I find it hilarious,” Staiman said. “It’s bizarre that it got this far. I’m constantly in awe that anyone cares about this story.”

But care the American Society of Plastic Surgeons does. It’s called the video “inappropriate and offensive” and says it’s “initiated an investigation under its Code of Ethics which clearly requires ASPS members to uphold the dignity and honor of the medical profession.”

Because this is an “active investigation,” the society would provide no further details to CNN.

Salzhauer isn’t particularly fazed. He says he’s issued an apology, but the fuss befuddles him.

“The ASPS is ‘concerned’ that the video may set unrealistic expectations and ‘preys on the vulnerabilities of the human condition,’ ” Salzhauer wrote in an e-mail. “I’m not exactly sure how they got all that from a humorous self-deprecating video.”

While critics dissect what he's done, the surgeon will forge ahead with his latest plans, latex gloves on and tools in hand. He'll take recommendations from matchmakers, consult with rabbis and shrug off those who question his intentions.

It seems he won't be acting alone. A few days ago, he heard from another Jewish plastic surgeon who wants to help the cause.

But not wanting further American Society of Plastic Surgeons complications, Salzhauer is doing some pre-op work. He says he called the ethics committee to see whether his scholarship program would be considered a “contest,” something prohibited for surgeries. The committee told him it might, but if he creates a nonprofit, he'll be in the clear.

The Miami doctor plans to establish his nonprofit organization this week. The name he's going with: Operation Chuppah, a reference to the Jewish wedding canopy.

And – who nose? – perhaps someday soon he'll find himself dancing the hora at a scholarship-recipient's wedding.

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Ethics • Faith & Health • History • Holocaust • Judaism

soundoff (453 Responses)
  1. PhilG.

    I find it insulting that CNN would promote the work of a Jewish doctor to alter the Jewish look of Jewish people looking for love.

    Adolph Hitler did'nt like big noses either but he had an impressive honker on his face as a matter of fact.

    Big noses are beautiful.

    On women or men,if the person inside is beautiful the nose just makes them look more beautiful.

    Take your plastic surgery that takes the special beauty God gave each of us away and makes us all look like an imitation gentile and go straight to Hell.

    April 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Love others as one loves themself, BUT,,,, If you find displeasure in ones' physical Being and do not love yourself physically speaking, then, By all means seek to alter it! 🙂

      April 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  2. OJ

    God is not a man...nor a son of man
    Numbers 23:19

    April 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • JOE

      WHEN I SAW ALL OF THOSE FLIES GATHERING AROUND THE HEM OF HER DRESS, I KNEW THEN THAT DINNER WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  3. OJ

    I find this to be disgusting. If someone is truly beautiful on the inside their nose will be an afterthought. Rabbi Benzion Klatzko is also far from an authority in Jewish Law. He does a good service with his website, but his unqualified endorsement of this practice is painfully unimpressive and indicative of his "lightweight" status as an interpreter of Jewish Law. I will concede that if someone has a nose that is "otherworldly" regardless of their ethnicity, see Gerard Depardieu, perhaps cosmetic surgery is permissible, but not recommended.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      OJ,,,,,,,

      Many people are beautiful inwardly but for someone to be beautiful in their physical appearances is what many malformed people aspire to be and if that means going under the knife to improve their physical infirmaties then, So Be It,,,,,

      April 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  4. Mamita

    Christ killers considering nose jobs now.... wow!

    Now tell them to offer the doctor their gold coins they have worth $$$$$$$$$$$$

    April 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Wow, you might need a little professional help.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Hawaiiguest are you Jewish? It seems like you are since you attack Christians but not Jews 😮

      April 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I am an atheist. And when a Jew comes and tried to convert me, make ad-hominem attacks, or attempts to force our government into a theocracy, then I will speak against them. However, I would like you to clarify how I am attacking christians at all.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I also try not to speak out against an entire demographic, and I will challenge you to show if I have ever done this. I speak out against people with hateful speech and faulty logic. I have done it to some atheists that have tried to pass off false information and hateful speech as well.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      First of all; Jew is an ethnicity. Judaism is a religion of which most Jews belongs to. There are Jews who are Atheists, and many Jews out there who don't believe in God. They are Jews because of their mother being it. David Silverman (President of American Atheist group) is Jewish Atheist as an example.

      Second: Judaism prohibits any Jews from trying to convert anybody to their religion.

      Third: Jews are only ~2% of the population. Depending on where you live, especially in NY metro area Jews have big power and shovels their holidays and cultures in your throats.

      Fourth: Nobody tries or force you to convert and be Christian. We welcome everyone to be Christian.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I noticed you left out turning our government into a theocracy. Also, you cannot say with certainty that no Christian tries to convert people, because you don't know every christian. I have had people attempt to convert me many times, not to mention some christians in the government who are actively trying to force laws through that are based on religious practices (which would be unconsti.tutional).

      April 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I'm not really expecting any kind of real answer from you "In God". It'll probably be along the line of "CHRISTIAN NATION CHRISTIAN NATION". That's all you really said last time, and when faced with facts that contradict you, you just go off to another thread. I would like to be pleasantly surprised, but I dont really have high hopes.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Oh my, this superfluous exchange between Mohammad and Mehmet is entertaining as usual!

      April 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Kim Song

      Ain't it cute? Mehmet in the end convinces himself of whatever he wants to make of this whole conversation.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Sorry forgot to respond regards to 'Christian nation'.

      First of all; it makes sense calling the U.S. a Christian nation since the majority of Americans are Christians (80%) with only few minority of other non-Christian religion and non-religious.
      Second; We have Christian holidays and culture (Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick's, Valentine, Good Friday etc.) now call them Christian, pegan, secular or whatever... they are still based on Christian culture and holidays.
      Third: Nearly all of our presidents have been Christians, except few Deists.
      Fourth: 10 commandments on federal buildings based on the Christian bible.
      Fifth: In God We Trust is our national motto, based on the Christian God.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      America is a Christian nation..... God and Jesus is mentioned several times in our consti.tution.... such as "Year of the Lord" etc.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      jew is a follower of judaism not a race. It was once a family or tribe one of twelve.. what ever happened to the other 11 anyway? As long as anyone can become a jew it is not a race and never has been. You cant have a race form from a family/tribe a few thousand years old. That does not make a race. A people group at most. Clan maybe? Race? No.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  5. mickey1313

    So embarassed to be a jew, but they still want all of the hoopla over there jewism. And they wounder why they are distrusted and disliked so much. also the ADL is a terrorest orginazation.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  6. Dino Romano

    This is an example of the racism that exists in parts of the Orthodox Jewish community. Why wouldn't the good doctor offer free nose jobs to all that are afflicted with what HE thinks is a defect?

    April 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Yeshu Ben Elohim

      I though the same thing! this doctor perpetuates stereotypes of Jews being clannish and helping only their kind.....think of the better press this doctor would have gotten if he would have gone to latin america and fix kid's cleft palates, a true medical necessity, and not chopping off Jewish noses!

      April 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  7. NC

    Jews helping out only Jews...... not something new

    April 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  8. † In God We Trust †

    Orthodox Jews are known for living off the government and having lots of children..... wonder why?!

    April 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • dsavio

      Jews are not know for having lots of children. That's Christians you're thinking of. They're the ones who don't believe in birth control and thinks every last one of they're obnoxious brood is a "miracle".

      April 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Melvin Purvis

      You are mistaking Jews for trailer-trash Christians in the Deep South.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • marc

      Orthodox Jews are known for their commitment to their religion and the world around them in general. For example, investigate how many medical residency programs have an option for orthodox religious Jews to work on Sunday so that they will not have to work on the Sabbath during their training.

      Such an option is only available because of the commitment that Orthodox Jewish individuals have to G-d, and their society

      April 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • mickey1313

      um you are thinking of christians in general, but spesfically the latan cathlocs that have umpteen kids and steal tons in social benifits, all the while refusing to learn english, shame on all thiests, but extra shame on latan cathlocs.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Ruby

      Why? Because Goyes keep saying it until they believe it.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  9. Mitchell

    This is a contradiction and the Orthodox movement should know this. Judaism forbids any form of body modification with one exception. That exception is when the procedure is medically necessary. Piercings, tattoos and cosmetic surgery are not medically needed.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      Oh Mitchell,,,,

      Are we not a race of freedom loving individualists all hungering for self-worth be it one's personage as in how one looks? Do we not labour together with God to bring about one's freedom loving ideals and morals and yes physical appearances? Many of Christendoms religions of today are not truly reading scripture correctly!

      For example, 1 Corinthians 3:9 states rather bluntly that we, yes we labour together with God does it not? The same verse does also say that we are of His husbandry which means that His giving us a genetic disposition is but a "trial and error" and He, yes God does sometimes create or build us sometimes wrongly and sometimes perfectly. In God eyes all His creations are lovely but in one's own eyes ones body part(s) is sometimes awfully looking!

      April 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Tucson Dean

      And the part where they cut the end of your willie off.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • mickey1313

      pipe-dream, your statment matchs your name. Answer me this, if your sky father is all knowing all powerful and all loving, (claimed in the NT bible) why would he create a fault. A fault means, he could not do better, didnt think it was a fault, or placed the fault on pourpose. Any way you slice it, it is a hypocracy. But then again every single thiest on earth if you examine them for less then one hour can be proven a hypocrite.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Pipe-Dreamer

      mickey1313 wrote on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm, stating, "pipe-dream, your statment matchs your name. Answer me this, if yur sky father is all knowing all powerful and all loving, (claimed in the NT bible) why would he create a fault. A fault means, he could not do better, didnt think it was a fault, or placed the fault on pourpose. Any way you slice it, it is a hypocracy. But then again every single thiest on earth if you examine them for less then one hour can be proven a hypocrite."

      mickey1313,,,,,,

      If you did read my posts with clarity, you would know that God is no "sky father" but He and His consortiums reside inside all "Celestially Based Life and their many formations". 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 verse 9 says that we do labour together with God and while we are of His Husbandry and workmanship, He (God) cannot know the physical outcomes for all the people's looks let alone their physical malformations whatever the case may be. The same verse does also say the we are His Buildings and if you think thoughtfully about this, you would conclude that our body being buildings means that God and His Co-horts do all live inside us and not in the skies above!

      April 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  10. Pipe-Dreamer

    Although God made us all, His unknowable to Him creations of humanism does sometimes create malformed people of lesser likenesses. Because as it is written, we all do labour together with God and in God's malformed beings of personage, He, yes God, would want all people to be shapely figurines of niceties and without God's sorrowfilled trials and errors in shaping the humanities of celestial Life.

    1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  11. CNN

    ATTENTION JONAS. WE ARE MONITORING YOUR POSTS. EVEN BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THEM, WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN AND WILL BLOCK ANYTHING WE FIND OFFENSIVE. WE HAVE YOUR IP AND MAC ADDRESS.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Not sure if this is really CNN posting this. How come on Christian articles, 90% of the comments are attacking & insulting, yet they never get removed ?! Unfair

      April 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Thunderbolt

      Are you really that stupid, prayer troll? You read a comment like "MONITORING YOUR POSTS. EVEN BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THEM", and you are not sure if it is really CNN? Oh dear.

      I guess that is what I should have expected.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      How would I know? With this technology in 21st century everything is possible...

      April 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • dsavio

      Apparently he's really that stupid.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Nice to know CNN is anti-free speach.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  12. † In God We Trust †

    Why getting my posts removed? When people post bad stuff about Christian articles, they never get removed :@

    April 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • JEW13

      maybe the offensive crosses in your name

      April 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Jew..... shut up OK. Your people killed my lord and saviour!

      April 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I think that post shows you why people have flagged you enough for your comments to be removed.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Can't trust any god

      They didn't really kill him, remember? He was a god, so he couldn't die, which makes his "sacrifice" totally frivolous and meaningless.

      Furthermore, for God to have done that, he would have had to know that the Jews would act that way, so he controlled the Jews into the act, or he set them up so that they would. Both of which make god responsible for his own death, which wasn't death but just a bit of theater meant to make people permanently indebted to him.

      Pure theater.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • marc

      if jesus died for your sins, and in so doing provided salvation to all believing Christians, you should, de-facto, thank the Jews for providing you with salvation

      (and they didn't even kill jesus)

      April 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • mickey1313

      everything you say is either a lie of just plain false. The crosses in your name are offensive. And 2, it was a roman that aledgdly killed jesus. Now, the roman kept great records and there is no mention in them of an exicution of a jesus or a hosana at that time. Jesus was/ is a myht, and the fact that there are so amny brainwashed into buying this shtick is so sad. Read some, learn some, and ditch your mind crippleing faith.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      Mickey.... My Prayer Goes to you † † † † † † † †

      April 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Jonas

    Why did CNN remove my posts after being submitted?! RIDICULOUS!

    April 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • New World Order Conspirator.

      It's a conspiracy. They are watching you. There are hidden cameras everywhere. They have special machines that read your mind, which they have installed in their black helicopters. And they killed Elvis.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
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      sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
      strip-per
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
      va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
      wt-f....also!!!!!!!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  14. patiat

    Awwww, leave the schnozz alone. A big nose doesn't look anywhere near as bad as they think it does. Forget surgery.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  15. Ungodly Discipline

    Prominent physical features is a clear sign of bigotry over a long period of time. "Marry your own race" is a mistake. It is far healthier to spread the genes around. It makes us all stronger and more attractive. Gotta big Jewish nose? Blame Grandma and Grandpa. Inter "racial" marriage is the key to human survival. Someday we will all look the same. Then where is your "race"?

    April 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  16. Ross

    "Surgeons found a market and got to work, making the Jewish people the “first group of Americans to undertake surgical alteration of ethnic features in any numbers,” Haiken wrote." This is a hilarious comment! Indeed, Jews untertook surgical alteration of ethnic features, but it was mostly, at least initially, at the hands of Josef Mengele and his crew.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  17. Memo

    I have to admit that I have a big nose. I would get a nose job, but I'm afraid of ending up with a disaster on my face. If it weren't for that spectre, I don't think you'd see any middle-class Americans with big noses.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I don't think that all middle class Americans are insecure or unhappy with their own features.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Memo

      But Hawaii, what if they have big noses?

      April 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Why does it matter? Anyone who puts to much stock in physical appearance is not worth taking the time to attempt to attract.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Memo

      But Hawaii, what if the person with the actual nose does like it?

      April 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Memo

      I mean does NOT like it.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Then that is a personal issue either with their self-esteem or physical insecurities. If they cannot accept themselves then I don't know how they can expect others to.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  18. Lewtwo

    IIs this not something along the lines of Racial Profiling ??
    By the way is he offering to make the noses more "Jewish" ?

    April 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Lewtwo

      My apologies... I should have said "more kosher".

      April 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Memo

      I think it's OK to make comments about your own race, though.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • mickey1313

      no , he wants to make them less jewish, because the sterotype is jews have huge noses.

      April 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
  19. $10 bagel

    You're right Jesus, I'm not stupid 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  20. h

    This is a sad article in many ways. Firstlly, the surgeon should be devoting his free time to those in need of real medical care. Secondly, what's wrong with having a "jewish nose"? If you have a Jewish nose, be proud of it and embrace your heritage! I say the same to all races – be proud of your skin color, your nose, your eye shape or whatever it is. Never be ashamed of who you are.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      There is no such thing as race.

      April 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Memo

      But what if you have a big nose?

      April 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Hannah

      I am proud of myself and my nose. This article is a disgrace. We do not need someone telling us to look "less Jewish." I am happy with who I am as a person and do not need some fancy doctor telling me I should be ashamed of my "schnoz."

      April 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
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