Mea culpa, al chet and all that. Among my other shortcomings, I’ve been one lame blogger lately, posting nary a word for a whole week.
My sole flimsy excuse is the fact that I am, like other Jews, just now emerging from a month-long orgy of holidays. Admittedly, the more observant Jews – the ones who spend the evening and morning of each yom tov in synagogue while refraining from electricity, driving and hundreds of other offshoots of the 39 melachot – have a better case for using the Jewish holiday excuse. Especially since most (unlike me) have workplaces that remain open on said holidays and who, when not doing the aforementioned melachot-refraining and synagogue-attending, have had to scramble to build sukkot, do laundry, cook, catch up on work and so forth.
My holidays have been more relaxing and shamelessly unproductive, filled with three-day workweeks and blissful days in which my kids were cared for at school while my lapsed Catholic husband (who also works for a Jewish organization, but that is another post, one he won’t allow me to write) and I were off-duty.
Lest you think I’m a total Jewish slacker, I have, in this past month, surpassed my synagogue attendance record: not only have I entered a synagogue nine times in one month, I even made it to Simchat Torah services for the first time ever! (More on this later: for now, I’ll just say that my kids loved Simchat Torah, at least once the dancing part started.)
In any event, here’s a brief sampling of the many interesting articles and blogs that have appeared on the Internet whilst I’ve lazed about:
- My fellow intermarried Jewish mom blogger Amy Meltzer, of Homeshuling, has an excellent guest post for Mayyim Hayyim about going to a Chabad mikveh shortly before her interfaith wedding.
- The Huffington Post published a somewhat annoying column about how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (or at least the character named Mark Zuckerberg in Aaron Sorkin's much-hyped “The Social Network”) started the site so he could “get non-Jewish girls.” In it, Danielle Berrin, who writes the Hollywood Jew blog, rails (a bit melodramatically I’d posit) against the “sinister undercurrent to the film’s assumption that for some Jewish men, and perhaps Mark Zuckerberg, being a Jewish woman is a turn-off.” (Hat tip to Jewish Community Hero nominee Ed Case of InterfaithFamily.com for bringing this to my attention.)
Berrin laments that the off-screen Zuckerberg, who she says “might be the most eligible Jewish bachelor in the world” is dating and planning to marry his non-Jewish Asian girlfriend Priscilla Chan:
In a single sentence in a recent New Yorker profile of Zuckerberg, one of the few in-depth interviews he has ever conducted, writer Jose Antonio Vargas shattered the hopes of single Jewish women everywhere and gave the Jewish world yet another reason to fret over the its future by suggesting Zuckerberg is on the road to intermarriage.
While I sympathize with Berrin’s later complaints about the unfair JAP/overbearing Jewess stereotypes used to label Jewish women, I am really getting tired of the stereotype-laden rants about bad Jewish boys who rebel by running away from the good Jewish girls, choosing instead to fraternize with of submissive Asian and blond-bimbo Christian “shiksas.”
Please. Last time I checked, Jewish women were intermarrying at the same rates as Jewish men. And the attitude reflected in these Shiksas Are Stealing Our Men rants surely contributes to the reluctance on the part of many intermarried Jewish men and their wives, who presumably have some positive attributes other than being shiksa goddesses, to engage in Jewish life!
Permit me one rant of my own: Why, if the nasty stereotypes about materialistic, gold-digging Jewesses have no truth (and I hope they don’t), does Berrin think Zuckerberg is the most eligible Jewish bachelor? If “The Social Network” is to be believed, the guy’s personality leaves a bit to be desired, so the only thing that makes him so “eligible” is his net worth.
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