Natalie Portman, the Jerusalem-born Oscar winner, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on June 14. The boy’s name hasn’t been announced and the suspicion is that, in keeping with Jewish tradition, she won’t name him until 8 days after his birth. So the question is, will she and the father, Benjamin Millepied, who isn’t Jewish, opt to have the child circumcised? I guess we’ll know soon enough if the boy will join the Abrahamic covenant and follow in the unbroken footsteps of all his ancestors or if the couple will choose instead to not circumcise the boy and opt for the made-up, kumbaya style Brit Shalom. In a Brit Shalom, a naming ceremony takes place and the boy’s foreskin remains intact, thus cutting him off from his ancestors and condemning him to a lifetime of smegma.
But yeah, let’s not go down that road. I’ll just wish Natalie a Mazel Tov! In 2006, Portman told YNet “A priority for me is definitely that Iâ€™d like to raise my kids Jewish, but the ultimate thing is to have someone who is a good person and a partner.â€ Can Portman have both? I’m guessing yes given that she’s the Oscar winning actress in the relationship and non-Jewish Benjamin is just some French dancer.
I first met Ninel in 1991 when I was introduced to Ninel by her son Mati. Mati was a young, charismatic student leader at the forefront of the resurgence of Jewish life in post-Communist Poland. Ninelâ€™s renowned, book-lined apartment, which ...