Elissa Strauss hopes that a new remake of the movie “Dirty Dancing” keeps our beloved heroine, Baby, Jewish. In addition to preserving Baby and her family’s ethnic authenticity, which is important in grounding the film in a real milieu, I should add that I hope the remake keeps the essential, devastating abortion plotline, which is vital both to the film’s plot and its politics.
No one took Baby out of the corner like Patrick Swayze. A generation of Jewish girls thanks you, and misses you.
Like Debra, I too am a “Dirty Dancing” fan and was deeply saddened to hear of Patrick Swayze’s death. But someone whose death this week had not yet been added to Wikipedia when I checked this morning is Bracha Feiga Williger, the 23rd victim of the H1N1 virus in Israel.