Gwyneth Paltrow is reportedly converting to Judaism following her break up from Coldplay’s Chris Martin, according to sources who spoke to Page Six.
It’s a known fact that Paltrow had been studying Kabbalah, the mystical teachings of Judaism, for many years. She is a good friend of Michael Berg, co-director of the Kabbalah Center, and has had an extensive interest in the Jewish people for a while.
We guess the good news for Gwyneth Paltrow is that she has a head start as she is already half Jewish. Her father, the late Bruce Paltrow, was Jewish, while her mother, Blythe Danner, is a Christian.
Paltrow previously revealed that she was raised both Jewish and Christian and told reporters it, “was such a nice way to grow up.”
Back in 2011, when she appeared on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, it was revealed that Paltrow’s father’s family came from a long line of influential Eastern European rabbis.
Further back than that, in 2006, during an interview with the Guardian, Paltrow revealed that her father was descended from a Russian rabbinical dynasty. She was quoted as saying, “Like, 17 generations of rabbis — you see, I really am a Jewish princess!“
Part of Paltrow’s desire to become Jewish is the fact that she wishes to raise her daughter, Apple, and son, Moses in a Jewish environment even though their father is a Christian.
In 2013, while she was promoting her new cookbook, It’s All Good, she proclaimed that she thought herself to be “the original Jewish mother” because of how she enjoys cooking for people.
On the Jimmy Kimmel show last week, Paltrow spoke about her upcoming Stand Up to Cancer benefit where she said,
“Creating a meal for my family and friends, sitting together, eating, laughing and talking, that’s when I’m happy. Oh my God, if you saw the amount of food that I do. I am the original Jewish mother. I make meals from these new recipes that look, smell and taste like the food I always cooked, but are also super healthy. That is an additional joy.”