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Nora Ephron, Don't Ignore Your Judaism

A personal invitation to a great writer.

Published: March 27, 2011


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(19) Anonymous, July 11, 2012 1:19 AM

Nora Ephron and the Jewish Disconnect

I always found it amazing how prominently Xmas fit into a few of Nora's films. I don't recall a mention or a reference to a Jew or Jewish identity or Israel or the Holocaust in Nora 's films or essays. Although she herself openly identified herself as a Jew, her being Jewish was simply irrelevant. An accident of birth that she was dismissive about. Born in 1941 she came of age in the 50's. No Aishs, Chabad or the Jewish Renaissance even reared a bit of its head at that time. Being a committed Jew was not part of the conversation at that time. It didn't help that her parents brought her up with Christmas trees and sent her to school on the Jewish holidays. In her novel Heartburn, (about her marriage and divorce from Carl Bernstein) she defines the Jewish Prince as a negatve male stereotype. Ultimately, what does she say the secret to a happy marriage?"Marry an Italian". Her third husband is Italian. No doubt, she was a wonderful essayist, screenwriter, and most clearly a generous person with her thoughts and spirit. She had a great tap on the current culture. And yet, when I watch her interviews on You Tube- her interviews- she seems to have such a familar quality. She has seichel, (common sense), she jokes, she is direct yet respectful and kind to her interviewer. Who does she remind of? Oh yes, she is like my sister, my mother, my friends, She is the quintessential Jew,

(18) Yehoshua, May 16, 2011 8:27 PM

Here's another writer who needs to be contacted, and hurry!

Andrew Klavan (see wikipedia) is "one of us" but his education ended when he was Bar Mitzvah'd. Not wishing to leaving God he took the next stupid step for an uninformed jew and converted to Christianity and is now a spokesman for the right (which I also support). I think a bit of Jewish knowledge will do him good.

(17) J LaLone, April 2, 2011 4:40 PM

Nora, how could you not thank God for your humor?

I am sorry Nora does not take advantage of the gift of Judaism. I suppose she is unaware of the beauty, if her parents did not show her what was there for her. And, maybe she married a non-Jew. As a Jew by choice, I can assure her that she would fall in love with her own religion if just looked at it,. She has the advantage I had when I studied in response to a strong calling that I could no longer ignore (it's more complicated, but you haven't the time), and that is the advantage of seeing with the eyes of a child/innocent. I wish I had the cultural background, but then again, I have my own, which makes me a unique Jew. I admit that I like being different. I am not fond of being a cookie cutter anything. Nora's wonderful writing could only get more spectacutar if she became more Jewish, of this I am pretty sure. We all have our own path, I hope her path meets up with ours someday.

(16) SusanE, April 2, 2011 1:31 AM

What Would You Have Her Do?

I watched this interview with Nora Ephron on the Charlie Rose Show. I had never seen her before. She is entirely Jewish without it being overtly talked about. I knew when she first began speaking. http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi2558760985/ Then when the subject of Nora Ephron came up on this post I looked up the interview again. The screenplays and movies she has written, at least the ones I have seen, are also, very Jewish, in a subliminal way. I think she makes a statement for Judaism doing just as she is.

(15) Anonymous, April 1, 2011 2:29 PM

Rabbi very well thought out and articulated - being a late comer to my jewish heritage i fully appreciate your comments and agree with you. hopefully there will be some one or something that will bring her home.

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