Toronto singer and songwriter David Hein’s play “My Mother\’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding” at the Panasonic theatre (Toronto) searches answers to the key debate within Jewish communities in the West and Israel about what makes one Jewish – born to a Jewish mother or practicing Jewish religion.
David and his wife Irene Carl Sankoff wrote the script, which is based on David’s own true story and a tribute to his mother. The play is directed by Andrew Lamb and stars include Rosemarry Doyle, Lisa Horner, David Hein, Robert Kennedy, Irene Carl Sankoff, and others.
According to David – his mother being a lesbian (having affair with Wiccan)and that his father had a girlfriend never bothered him – but when his mother told him that she was rediscovering her Jewish faith, he was shaken. She did not just say, “I am Jewish”, she said, “We are Jewish”, David recollects.
The Jewish Virtual Library website, defines “Who is a Jew”: “According to Jewish law, a child born to a Jewish mother or an adult who has converted to Judaism is considered a Jew, one doesn’t have to reaffirm their Jewishness or practice any of the laws of the Torah to be Jewish. According to Reform Judaism, a person is a Jew if they were born either to a Jewish mother or a Jewish father. Also Reform Judaism stresses the importance of being raised Jewish, if a child is born to Jewish parents and was not raised Jewish then the child is not considered Jewish. According to the Orthodox movement, the father’s religion and whether the person practices is immaterial. No affirmation or upbringing is needed, as long as the mother was Jewish”.
How Judaism is viewed by some of its followers? Well, here are a few of the examples:
Anti-Muslim Jewish ‘intellectual’, Bernard-Henry Levy, has launched a campaign for the release of film director Roman Polanski 76, who was arrested in Switzerland on September 26, 2009, for having unlawful sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Roman Polanski fled America to escape US law. Levy believes that since Polanski is a Holocaust survivor, he should not be treated as criminal anymore! And guess who are supporting Levi – Salman Rushdie and Whoopi Goldberg!! In 2004, Levi campaigned against professor Tariq Ramadan, the Swedish ‘Muslim Martin Luther’ – for Tariq’s appointment at Christian Notre Dam University. Tariq was declared a threat to US security by the State Department and banned to enter the US.
Since its establishment, the Zionist regime in return for Orthodox rabbis support for Israel – passed all control of all matters relating to personal status – birth, marriage and divorce, and death – to the Orthodox rabbis. Israeli officials believe that there are 350,000 Jew settlers (mostly Russians), who cannot prove their ‘Jewishness’ to the satisfiction of these rabbis. These Jews are declared as having “no religion” and therefore, cannot marry in Israel. Their only option is to marry abroad – the marriage is then recognized on their return. According to Ofer Kornfeld, Chairman Havaya, the group which officiates at unrecognized marriages: “For a man, the rabbis demand that he prove that he is circumcised and produce a birth certificate stating that his mother was a Jew, a proof many immigrants from former USSR have difficulty providing.”
Last year, Toronto-born Joseph Fackenheim was told by an Israeli rabbinical court that he is not Jewish because he had not been a ‘practicing Jew’ throughout his life.
Currently, British Supreme Court is hearing a a complaint against a Jewish school, JFS, which refuses admission to any child whose parents did not meet its standard of Jewishness. In this case the child’s father is a born Jew but the mother a Jewish convert.
Interestingly, Zionist regime is quite willing to bestow “Jewishness” upon its undesired Muslim leaders. For example, on October 3, 2009 – British daily Telegraph revealed that Iranian president Ahmadinejad has a Jewish past which the reason for his outspoken hatred toward Israel and Jewish people to hide his real identity!!