|We were going to use a picture of the slick new Starship Enterprise, but this still from the original series is indescribably cooler.|
A new Star Trek movie comes out today!!!!
Wait? You already knew that? Darn. The Internet just can’t keep up with newspapers and TV. (Especially in this economy.)
Even if you knew about the movie, I’ll bet you didn’t know the director is Jewish? (Oh. You knew that too? I feel small.) BUT. I bet you didn’t know J.J. Abrams is in an interfaith marriage!
Yup, the newly appointed Geek Lord and Overseer is married to a Catholic woman, as he told the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles:
JJ: I donâ€™t want to make any assumptions â€” because being Jewish in Hollywood means lots of different things â€” so Iâ€™ll just ask why people think youâ€™re Jewish.
JJA: My name is Jeffrey Jacob Abrams â€” itâ€™s a tough one to get around. My family wasnâ€™t very religious, but Iâ€™m very proud of my heritage. My wife is Irish Catholic and itâ€™s a fascinating thing having married someone whoâ€™s of a different religion, because you get to understand and see and respect another way of growing up and believing. That to me is interesting and healthy. I do consider myself Jewish, and I take my kids to services on holidays because that is something really important to me.
No, he is not boldly going where no interfaith marriage has gone before. Instead, despite his fantastic success and potential for assassination by a man in a homemade Klingon suit, he’s just like most intermarried people: proud of his heritage and exploring how it can best be transmitted to his children.
With all this Star Trek talk, you might assume that I am a Trekkie. I’m not. But Ruth Abrams, our managing editor, is. I’m hoping she seesÂ the new movieÂ soon. One, so she can write about it for us, and find some way to connect time-traveling Romulans with intermarriage in the Jewish community, and two, so I can see her jump up and down like a monkey on Red Bull. Susan Edni, our delightful administrative assistant, is not a Trekkie but the onlyÂ actor she finds more smoldering than William Shatner is Patrick Stewart. (She’s British. TheyÂ eat steak and kidney pie. Forgive her.)Â And coincidentally, we’ve nicknamed one of our internal projects “IFF Enterprise” and there is an unopened Enterprise model sitting on a shelf in our COO’s office. Yes, we’re weird.
Oh, one more thing. In case you were wondering, the picture above is of a creature from the Gorn Homeworld. Read the Wikipedia entry. You won’t be disappointed.
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