Drew Barrymore Is Removing Her Tattoos In the Name of Judaism

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Rumors continue to abound that Drew Barrymore is converting to Judaism for her husband Will Kopelman. Her next step is getting her tattoos removed. Though there isn't a specific law about not getting tattoos, there is a verse in Leviticus that says "You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves."Drew reportedly has six tattoos, which is actually way fewer than I thought. They include a bouquet of flowers (Flower is the name of her production company … [Read more...]

Hasidic Jews Are Not Happy About ‘Spider-Man’ Filming During Passover

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Local leaders in the heavily Hasidic Jewish neighborhood of south Williamsburg, Brooklyn (full disclosure: I lived there until about two months ago) are not happy about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 filming in their 'hood. But they're not complaining about the movie or its stars. Their problem is that the shoot, which would involve closing off several neighborhood streets, is scheduled to take place during Passover."Now is the busiest time of year, when not only are the families home, but … [Read more...]

Joan Rivers Says She’s Allowed to Make Holocaust Jokes

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Comedian/firebrand Joan Rivers (real name: Joan Rosenberg) recently made a joke that some Jews weren't super happy with. While doing Oscars fashion commentary for E!, Rivers commented on Heidi Klum's outfit: "The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens." The Jewish watchdog group the Anti Defamation League (ADL) took issue with the joke and demanded that Rivers apologize, but she said no way. "My husband lost the majority of his family at Auschwitz, and … [Read more...]

Sarah Silverman’s Sister Arrested at Religious Feminist Protest in Israel

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If you haven't heard of the Women of the Wall, you should definitely look them up. The activist group regularly protests and speaks out against the laws for Israel's holiest Jewish site, the Western Wall/Kotel. The Kotel is divided into a men's and women's section, but the women's section is smaller and does not allow singing, praying out loud, or women wearing garments like tallits which are traditionally associated with men. The Jerusalem Post reports that ten women were arrested at the Kotel … [Read more...]

Drew Barrymore Calls Herself a Shiksa Who Will Be Raising a Jewish Daughter

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Drew Barrymore had a big year in 2012 - she got married to art consultant Will Kopelman and then gave birth to their daughter Olive. Though Kopelman's family is Jewish, Drew didn't convert. However, she wants to raise her daughter in the faith. On a recent episode of The View, Drew discussed her connection to Judaism: I’m a shiksa. I do the seders and we do Passover. I haven’t converted yet, [but] Olive will be raised traditionally. We had a very traditional wedding ceremony with Rabbi Rube … [Read more...]

FGP Celebrity Quote of the Week: Mandy ‘Inigo Montoya’ Patinkin Talks Faith, Prayer, and Israel

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If these musings from Mandy Patinkin, aka Saul from Homeland and Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, aren't FGP Celebrity Quote of the Week material, I honestly don't know what is. From Esquire's "What I Learned" feature:"My sense of religion is Einstein's sense of relativity. I don't believe in God. I believe that energy never dies. So the possibility exists that you might be breathing in some other form of Moses or Buddha or Muhammad or Bobby Kennedy or Roosevelt or Martin Luther King … [Read more...]

Dear Brett Ratner, You Cannot Just Go Around Putting Mezzuzahs on Peoples’ Doors

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Director and producer Brett Ratner, who has made movies like the Rush Hour franchise and X Men: The Last Stand, is apparently not satisfied with the level of Jewishness in Hollywood. (No one has ever had that sentiment before, btw.) The Hollywood Reporter, er, reports that Ratner was going to a meeting at the United Talent Agency offices in Los Angeles when he randomly started putting mezzuzahs on the doors of two agents, the possibly-Jewish-sounding Blair Kohan and Jeremy Zimmer. Mezzuzahs are … [Read more...]


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