Thursday, July 21, 2005

C'mon Sacha, make us a simcha....

In its most important item this week, the Forward says that Ms. Ali G., Isla Fisher, is considering converting to Judaism before the pair get married:

The sexy redhead, who was born in Oman to Scottish parents who later relocated to Australia, told Britain's "This Morning" television show that, not having grown up with much in the way of religion, she finds Cohen's faith fascinating. "I'm constantly asking him questions about it," she said. "It's really beautiful and complex."
Hmmm. Deep.
I suppose we should be glad she's at least mulling the option over. However, I may be naive, but Sacha Baron Cohen is the one, probably the only, Jewish celeb around I would have expected to either marry 'in' or insist that his wife convert. He grew up in a very traditional home in a very Jewish suburb, had at least some Jewish education, invented the character of Ali G to amuse his friends in his Jewish youth group, regularly visits Israel (although perhaps he doesn't have such great memories...) and still attends his parents' seder (reportedly with Madonna in tow). He is certainly the most 'Jewish' of the younger generation of Jewish stars -- much more 'Jewish' than Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, etc. So -- on behalf of Jewish busybodies everywhere -- I'm disappointed.

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