I’m not one to dabble into gossip tabloids, but when this came across my Facebook newsfeed, I couldn’t resist (from The Sun):
BRITNEY SPEARS has never been one to take things slowly when it comes to relationships.
So it’s no surprise she’s considering converting to Judaism to show her commitment to new bloke JASON TRAWICK.
The singer has been spotted wearing a necklace with the Star of David symbol on during her world tour.
She has even recruited a rabbi to help her study the faith.
A source said: “Britney wants to try the religion Jason was brought up with.”
Brit, who had a Baptist upbringing, also dabbled in Jewish spin-off Kabbalah in 2005 after MADONNA suggested it.
I wonder how long it will be before the Scientology reps come knocking?
So the question is, is this another star toeing in the water of pop-culture Kabbalah, or is this a serious endeavor at becoming a giyoret?
And maybe the question should be asked, as it was in my Facebook newsfeed, is this good for the Jews? I have two opinions on the matter, one tongue in cheek, and one serious. The first is that every convert is good for the Jews, especially the Ashkenazi ones, it diversifies the gene pool and God knows we need that. Second, I think that Judaism, like all faiths, have the potential to bring incredible support and meaning to someone’s life, even a pop-star. Ultimately, the right question to ask is not, is anybody good for the Jews, but rather is being a Jew good for the person? So, my second opinion is that it could go either way.
Conversion is always a complicated matter, and a more public complicated matter when it’s a pop-star. Jews already have “star power,” and in the last decade, Judaism as a faith (thanks largely to pop-culture Kabbalah) has become a “star” in its own right. Jews (and anti-Semites) have an obsession with who is Jewish. Having worked in a Boston Judaica store, I can tell you there are almost as many “Jews in Sports” books as there have been Jews in sports. So does it really mean anything if, in two or three decades, someone prints a book that says “While many thought Madonna was Jewish, she was not, yet Brtiney Spears did convert.” Jews love to claim stars as their own, but I could see this potential convert not wanting to be claimed by some. Amongst the other questions I have include, when she converts, will the Kabbalah Center place more demands of observance on her? Will she perform on Shabbos and holidays? Will she convert her sons? And… do you think Britney is good for the Jews?