Is Gabrielle Giffords ‘Jewish’ Enough?

01/24/2011 - 19:00

We have received several letters in recent weeks complaining that our coverage of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), victim of the tragic shooting in Tucson, makes reference to her as Jewish, when in fact, they point out, she is not.

Giffords’ father is Jewish; her mother is a Christian Scientist. So according to halacha, she is not Jewish. One letter-writer insists it is “intellectually dishonest” to suggest otherwise.

Giffords Known For Her Openness And Judaism

Arizona representative has pushed Jewish issues and come to a greater understanding of her heritage.
01/10/2011 - 19:00

The event was typical Gabrielle Giffords: no barriers, all comers — Democrats, Republicans and independents welcome to talk about what was on their minds and in their hearts.

While she was deep in a conversation with an older couple about health care — the issue for which she was willing to risk her career — a gunman strode up to the Arizona congresswoman and shot her point blank in the head.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: Judaism “provided me with grounding.”
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