Who knew Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev moonlighted as a shadchan?
In a recent Facebook post, the Likud MK announced that she is on the hunt for an eligible bachelor for her beloved advisor, Liron. On the occasion of Liron’s 34th birthday, Regev writes, she is turning to Facebook, a place she heard has “married” many people. “With the help of God, on her next birthday perhaps in her Facebook photo she will be her wearing white.”
“You cannot say Kaddish.” Had those words had been said with sympathy, or at least respect for my loss, I wouldn’t be writing this.
This week, The New York Times reported that the Swiss foundation holding the copyright to “The Diary of Anne Frank” declared Otto Frank, Anne’s father, to be the co-author as well as the editor of her celebrated diary. This controversial move extends the foundation’s hold on the copyright in Europe by 34 years. As the Times details, fights over the copyright are part of larger conflicts over which who has legal ownership of the words and legacy of Anne Frank. But, beyond the legal system, we all own a piece of the most famous Holocaust victim.
Both as a transgender Jew and a member of the board of Keshet, a national organization working toward inclusion of LGBT Jews in the Jewish world, I am delighted and heartened by the Union of Reform Judaism’s recent commitment to making Reform Jewish congregations and institutions safe for and inclusive of transgender Jews. While other movements have made general policy resolutions regarding inclusion of transgender Jews, the URJ is providing specific, practical recommendations as to how those principles can be put into practice.
One of the events that Linda K. Wertheimer reports on in her new and comprehensively researched book, “Faith Ed: Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance,” happened on a school field trip to a mosque in 2010. Two hundred students in Wellesley Middle School’s sixth grade visited a mosque in the Roxbury section of Boston to augment their classroom study of world religions. The trip, intended to be strictly observational, veered into controversy when a male worshipper asked a small group of the students if they wanted to join him in prayer. A mother chaperoning the trip surreptitiously took a video of the boys participating in the prayer service and soon after it went viral.