I’m not easily starstruck, but there is one minor celebrity on whom I have a kind of a crush: Mayim Bialik. She plays Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory and long ago starred in the show Blossom. I have never watched either of these shows, but that’s beside the point. It’s not her acting performance that I admire so much… it’s her performance of her values. She uses her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA to teach science classes as part of homeschooling children in her community. She is a vegan who says that she prepares vegan food for her family to teach her kids to care for the earth. And she is an observant Jew who keeps the Sabbath, keeps kosher (so it has to be kosher vegan food), and even tries to adhere to Jewish modesty laws in her dress....
The Religious Counterculture
Ana Levy-Lyons currently serves as acting associate minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. As a writer, preacher, and activist, she works to manifest the revolutionary promise of Jewish tradition. Visit her blog: religious-counterculture.blogspot.com. Twitter: @relcountculture. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ana Levy-Lyons; The Religious Counterculture. Tikkun 1 April 2012; 27 (2): 45–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-2012-2017
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