The oy of Sex

HBO’s popular Sex and the City is back for its final season and it seems Judaism plays part of a major storyline. Picking up where it left off last season, classic WASP Charlotte York is dating her self-deprecating Jewish attorney Harry Goldenblatt. (Hey, where’s the stereotype police when you need them?). In the season’s first episode, the following banter ensues after Harry, who will only marry a Jewish woman, orders pork at a restaurant:

“I’m not kosher,” Harry tries to explain. “I’m conservative.”

“I’m conservative, too!” Charlotte reminds him.

“Yeah, well,” says Harry, “MY conservative doesn’t have anything to do with wearing pearls.”

However, the best line of the night came when Harry said that one of the reasons he wants to marry a Jewess is because his mother suffered in the Holocaust. Charlotte’s response? “Well, now I can’t say anything because you brought up the Holocaust. This is not the first time Charlotte has been interested in a Yid. In the series’ first season, she had a brief affair with a Chassidic artist from Brooklyn. And inside sources tell us that next week’s episode will feature Charlotte consulting rabbis about conversion.

Hmmm, even with Charlotte’s possible conversion, it appears New York’s Jewish population is shrinking. Go figure.

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  1. And in yesterday’s Forward: ‘Boy Meets Goy’ Vexes ‘Sex’ As Show Enters Final Season, 20-something author Lisa Keys writes: “And, indeed, dating a Jew is something that, statistically speaking, almost everyone is talking about — in New York City, at least, where, according to numbers gleaned from the UJA-Federation-sponsored 2002 Jewish Community Study, 35% of non-Hispanic whites are Jews.” (the article includes various other stats as well)

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