In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you might not know that Adam Sandler released the fourth rendition of “The Hanukkah Song” where he lists famous Jews, some of which you may not have even known were Jewish (Scarlett Johansson, anyone?). What’s great about all of Sandler’s songs is that he includes all Jews whether they were technically born Jewish, or identify as Jews, or converted to Judaism – basically anyone who has any relation to being a Jew.
Many Jews are cool with that and will happily boast about Jewish accomplishments regardless of how Jewish the person is. But other Jews follow a strict code for what is considered Jewish, which is something you may have to consider when dating. If you’re Jewish enough for Adam Sandler’s lyrics, are you Jewish enough for me? Moreover, are you Jewish enough for my mother?
Last week, a woman asked me what to do when the guy she was dating wasn’t Jewish enough for her “crazy Jewish mom.” I told her she needed to figure out if she was dating someone to gain her mother’s acceptance or her own. If she didn’t agree with her mother’s opinion, then she needed to stand up to her and tell her mother to lay off the guilt-tripping (yeah, right!).
In the meantime, it’s interesting to hear who Sandler includes and to learn more about them. Did you know that two of the highest grossing films starred Jews? “Harry Potter” starred Daniel Radcliffe as the title character while “Frozen” starred Idina Menzel as the voice of as Elsa. Pretty cool!