Zuckerberg Marries A Doctor
05/23/2012 - 11:56
The happy couple.
The happy couple.

I’ve held back so far on addressing this year’s Big Intermarriage: the wedding of Facebook Impresario Mark Zuckerberg and longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan.

Indeed, the prevailing buzz on the Jewish blogosphere is about just how little buzz these inter-nuptials have generated, particularly when compared to the Clinton-Mezvinsky affair. Yes, a woman in Israel complained about it, and a few people have written about it (I particularly like Rabbi Evan Moffic’s on the Reform Judaism blog), but that was pretty much it.

In honor of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, which has the same Hebrew root as the word for "seven," I offer seven explanations. (Actually, I just couldn’t think of 10.):

1. The wedding itself was a surprise even to the guests, so, unlike the gala Clinton affair, there weren’t the months of media hype and speculation leading up to it.

2. The couple was not a surprise: Zuckerberg and Chan have been together since college, and their engagement (albeit not the wedding date) has been known for a long time. In fact, check out my old blog post about Zuckerberg and Chan...

3. Zuckerberg has never publicly demonstrated any particular interest in Judaism, either for or against.

4. There have been no details about the ceremony, which, I’m guessing, had no religious components from any faith or tradition.

5. No one who has watched “The Social Network” (which of course is 100 percent accurate, I’m sure) would want to marry Zuckerberg anyway, despite his astronomical net worth.

6. He may not be marrying a Jew, but he is marrying a doctor. All the media attention has focused on his waiting for the Facebook IPO to hold the wedding, but perhaps what he was really waiting for was for Chan to earn her M.D. After all, guests were invited to what they had been told would be her med school graduation party.

7. The Big Reason: Intermarriage is no longer news. Not for famous Jews, not for regular Jews, not for anyone. Unless there are exciting added details like the Jew is Orthodox or the gentile is a former Nazi, or the father-in-law is Bill Clinton or the bride (has she gotten married yet, or is she still engaged?) is Natalie Portman...

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I think that Ms. Wiener takes a perverse joy in any intermarriage- that is really the sad part of it all.
A Jewish paper in the biggest American market only has her mediocrity to offer to us- shame on the JW for offering us Wiener's gloating over the scourge of our Jewish life..

As rich as Zuck is, he will someday need to look in the mirror and face the ghosts of his thousands of ancestors -- on whose grave he just dug up and spit upon.

I am a Jewish woman who is married to a non-Jew. I fight on a daily basis for all Jews, Israel, Zionists. I am involved in groups that have no other aim but to fight for Israel and Jews, we go after anti-Semites with a vengeance. We have been doing this for almost ten years now. There are many Jews, who don't give a damn about Israel, and some very unfortunately who protest against Israel, and it's "fake occupation". These are the people who should find themselves looking in the mirror, and facing the ghosts of their thousands of ancestors-on whose graves they dug up. Please don't confuse a mixed religious marriage as one which takes a Jew away from Judaism. I am my own person, I alway's have been. Nobody can take my feelings, and actions away from me. I am 100% devoted to Judaism, and Israel's existence.

Great article, Julie, and thanks for the kind words. It's interesting how little PR there has been. My sense is that Mark Z and Priscilla wanted it that way.