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Reader, She Married Him

Yale rabbi co-officiates Chelsea Clinton’s nuptials

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Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky were married in Rhinebeck, New York, Saturday in an interfaith ceremony. Rabbi James Ponet and the Rev. William Shillady (who is Methodist) co-officiated.

Ponet, a Reform rabbi, has been Yale’s Jewish chaplain for nearly 30 years. (Fun fact! He co-teaches a class, “The Family in the Jewish Tradition,” with none other than Dr. Ruth Westheimer.) Shmuel Rosner finds, in something Ponet once penned about Hanukkah, the basis for a philosophy that seems to condones intermarriage. Wrote Ponet:

Hanukkah implicitly celebrates … the capacity to sustain intimate relations with another without totally ceding your own sense of self, the ability to love without permanently merging, to be enchanted by the exquisite beauty of another without losing sight of your own charms.

And at the Forward’s Sisterhood blog, Allison Kaplan Sommer praises Ponet, who in the case of her own marriage juggled familial backgrounds (New England Reform and Jerusalem Orthodox) nearly as disparate as those of the Clintons and the Mezvinskys.

Mezvinsky’s father was brought up Orthodox, his mother Reform; he was raised Conservative.

Chelsea Clinton Marries Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y. [WP]
The Clinton Wedding and the Lesson of Hanukkah [Rosner’s Domain]
In Praise of the Rabbi Who Married Chelsea Clinton [Sisterhood]

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Garry says:

Yawn. Who cares?

I hope his father is proud of himself. Idiot.

Amanda C. says:

I think it’s fabulous. Mazel tov to the couple and how lovely for Rabbi Ponet to be involved in such a historic and heart-warming event. I can’t believe the negativity.

MAZEL TOV to the happy couple…May HaShem bless your lives with love,faith and sweet children.

Tereza Solomon Eliasz says:

My greatest wish would have been for Ms. Clinton to convert to Judaism, so that their children would be Jewish. That being said, I am glad that Mr. Mezvinsky included so many details of our faith in their marriage ceremony. Mazel Tov!

P.S. I am married to a wonderful & very wise gentile man – we are expecting twin sons early January 2010 – they will be raised totally as Jews.

Jay A Friedman says:

O.K. – I wasn’t invited to the wedding…but couldn’t they invite me to one of the Sheva Brochos?

sonia says:

How can any Jewish person condone this travesty of a marriage, especially when not only was it on a Shabbos, but under a chupah, and the groom wearing tallis and kippah,to a non Jewish bride, and to add insult to injury, A rabbi? in attendance?

rivka says:

I concur with Sonia: a little too incongruous a ceremony to be heart-warming. Oh well, gam ze letova.

david says:

Tbis wedding from a Judaic perspective is a sham. No other word for it. It might be very fashionable nowadays and the glitz of Hollywood may find lots of “news” to glean from it, but in traditional Judaism, anyone who marries outside the faith (however wonderful a human being the spouse maybe)is demonstrating a complete betrayal of their roots. Chelsea is not Jewish, plain and simple and therefore, the children will not be Jewish either.
Very sad and how gullible too many of us are dr busy drinking it all in as a “celebration”. HOw long will they last when the fights begin about Chanukah vs Xmas?

TheDevilCanDance says:

Sonia , rivka ,david .So much tolerance & compassion….. And you wonder why some may call you racist?, Lol . Clinton is marrying a Jew, that’s a disgrace..But at least you cannot label her as antisemitic.
But please don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Without the Shabbos Goys money, Israel would be a third world country. If you failed to be smart,at least try to be hypocritical.Israel future totally relies and depends on the United States.

June Fletcher says:

An interfaith marriage may work it may not – it depends on the couple and their faith in HaShem. Coming from two faiths could make their love and marriage that much stronger. The sticking point will be raising the children and all of that mess but I’m sure they will have thought this through and isn’t that realy their decision (after praying together we hope)? From a Jewish view point, yes, it was wrong to marry on Shabbat. Let’s wish them well and hope Chelsea will convert and raise the children as Jews and not as mixed faith – that would be great!!

TheDevilCanDance says:

Some of you are pathological. Racism from a Jewish perspective is fine as long it respects the corpus of Traditional Judaism.

If a Goy was making the statement that marrying a Jew was a sham, a complete betrayal of his roots,a travesty of a marriage,and an insult to his faith, most of you professional whiners would be going hysterical.& screaming at antisemitism and Jew hatred.

Some of the idiots who are expressing this racist concept of Judaism are dressing the bed for antisemitism,and you will rot in hell for it…

The virulence of the comments is shocking! I am dismayed the inability to accept different views of Judaism. I always believed that tolerance was a basic precept of Judaism, obviously too many believe that their way if the only way.

Drew says:

Anger is toxic to the angry and generates pity for the angry in heart of those who witness it. I am sorry for those who see the love of two young people in such a negative way.

Akiva says:

Much of these posts are deeply hateful. It hurts me deeply to see the anger. My Jewish heart and soul is pleased two people have married with love and support from their families and from those in attendance. I wish them nachas in their future.


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