But really? Oy to the vey.
Paltrow's father is Jewish, and she was raised celebrating both Christian and Jewish traditions. She describes this as "such a nice way to grow up." Excuse me while I am underwhelmed by your enthusiasm.
I'm also confused as to how a celebrity "announces" that she is changing how she raises her children. Do you hold a press conference? "I am here to announce that I now declare my children to be Jews. I am also extending their bedtime by one hour. Thank you, and have a good evening." I'm confused how this got into the news at all.
I guess I'm just confused overall. But on the other hand, I don't care what childrearing decisions a celebrity makes. While I think this decision will lead to some difficult identity issues for her children regarding any Jewishness they are raised with (but with 2 non-Jewish parents, I can't imagine it's a lot), that is not my business. It's between the parents and a rabbi. Why is this newsworthy?? Yet here it is on my blog. I haven't written it yet, but this story puts the fire under me to write about intermarriage sooner than I had intended, especially since "patrilineal Jews" are a large number of conservative and orthodox converts today. It's not fair to the children, and Paltrow's situation is that much worse as neither parent actually believes he or she is Jewish. It's programming your children with identity issues by telling them they are part of a group that both parents know do not accept them.