The rapper delights in questions about his conspicuously Jewish name. But he’s not, he told me, in a story I published in last week’s Jewish Week. Though “Roth” comes from his father’s father, who was Jewish, Asher’s father does not consider himself Jewish, nor did he raise his kid that faith either. But here’s the curve-ball, “Asher” is Scottish, and pays homage to a relative on his mother’s side: last name, McConnell.
What’s more, the Roth’s today celebrate Christmas. Definitely not a Jew.