According to the latest internet fooferah, Gwyneth Paltrow is totally getting into her Jewish roots.
The headlines border on sickening. “Welcome home to the Jewish people, Gwyneth Paltrow!” chimes the Jerusalem Post.
Why didn’t they give such a hearty welcome to the hundreds of non-celebrity baalei teshuvah and geirim over the last few years? Or the thousands of new olim to Israel? Oh, right. We're not famous.
(Okay, there are skeptics as well, like one headline that pleads, “Haven’t the Jewish people suffered enough?” and a Reform rabbi who insists that her conversion will confuse people who rely on that movement’s teachings on patrilineal descent.)
In interviews, Gwyneth has said that she wants to raise her children, Apple, 10, and Moses, 8, in a "Jewish environment." She’s also said that she considers herself a "Jewish princess" because of her rabbinical ancestry.
Think all this speculation is trivial?
I did, when I first saw it.
I really couldn’t care less about what actors do in their own private spiritual lives… unless it affects me.
It turns out this does.
Because just a few years ago, Gwyneth and her husband Chris Martin (of the band Coldplay) were