Mayim Bialik of The Big Bang Theory is quite outspoken in her assertion that religion has never been trendy and is not popular now in Hollywood. Bialik considers herself an observant Jew and says that she is one of a few in the entertainment community.
Entertainment Weekly reported on Bialik’s thoughts on religion and her recent trip to Israel.
“I think in general it’s never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles,” the Emmy-nominated actress said.
Bialik has also said that visiting a friend in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) this summer in Israel has ignited anti-semitic comments in social media.
“Simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, ‘I’ve gone to Israel,’ I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people whether I like it or not are serving in an army,” Bialik said.
According to People Magazine, Bialik comments that she observes Jewish law in a person way by turning off all social media on the Sabbath, studying Jewish texts weekly and on Friday nights, she sometimes goes to synagogue, or having Shabbat dinner with her family.
“I believe in [Jewish law] but I also believe in the permeability and changeability in the structure of Jewish law,” she added. “I think Judaism has always adjusted to the times that it lived in and it’s adjusting in the time we are in now.”
According to Us Magazine, Mayim Bialik also believes in Judaism’s ideas about modest dress. Bialik herself dresses modestly. Bialik criticized Ariana Grande last year for appearing “scantily clad” on a billboard.
“I am a bleeding heart liberal without exception,” she wrote in September 2014. “But I am old-fashioned. My kids have clothes they wear only to synagogue. I don’t favor my kids cursing. I dress modestly. I don’t want my kids learning about sex from billboards. Stuff like that. Which is why a few billboards I have seen lately really bug me.”
According to the New York Daily News, Bialik has gotten a great deal of flak about how she reconciles her degree in neuroscience with her devout Judaism, as if you have to be one or the other.
“That reveals the truth. It really doesn’t matter what I support or believe the fact that I’m Jewish and go there is enough — that should be alarming to most people.”
Do you agree with Mayim Bialik that there is no place for religion in Hollywood?
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