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Guess Who’s Coming to Shul

A Monday morning blind item

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Rhinebeck, New York, this summer.(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

WHICH unconverted former First Daughter was spotted at morning Yom Kippur services with her new Jewish husband at New York University’s Bronfman Center? They stayed through the sermon at the Reform service.

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Gabriel Sanders says:

Was the former first daughter clad in a dough-y, powder-white confection perchance?

Honestly, who cares?

That’s lovely, and…..

Bobbie Blitz says:

Obviously Moti, you do.

Let’s hope Chelsea Clinton doesn’t read the not-very-welcoming comments on this thread.

As the Coordinator of the Half-Jewish Network, I have interviewed hundreds of children of intermarriage. Many of them have told me that their intermarried parents were intially willing to raise them as Jews but were rebuffed and treated badly by Jews and Jewish groups, and decided to go with the much, much friendlier churches.

I’m sure that if Chelsea and her husband were visiting a church, commenters on most Christian websites would express pleasure, warmly welcome her and her husband, and urge them to consider raising their children as Christians.

It is time — past time! — that we became a more gracious and welcoming Jewish culture. The Talmud speaks frequently of the need for courtesy to non-Jews and potential converts. Synagogues in the Talmudic era were filled with so-called “God fearers” — people considering conversion to Judaism. That is a better model to follow.

Francine Siegel Fern says:

Amazing that she found a wonderful man who was willing to marry her without conversion. Amazing that he was willing to marry her without conversion. Amazing that she joined him on his most holy holiday. To me it is amazing and should be recognized and appreciated. His religion is important to him, albeit Reform, and the young newlywed saw that and sat at his side. Maybe there will be more followers because of this, and maybe we should care.

Robin hit it on the nail. Mr. Tracy, Chelsea just got married – conversion requires time for study, observance and reflection. Give them both a chance to work this out privately without snarking about it. Incidentally, some of the greatest Jewish figures in history were converts or descendents of converts. Rabbi Akiva for one. King David. Many more.

Lord William Stowell~ A dinner lubricates business.

Sufi Proverb~ There wouldnt be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere.

With all the fluff floating around on the grille, it is a great switch of measure to pore over a placement like yours instead.


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