Word in the Israeli blogosphere is that Lindsay Lohan is converting to Judaism. On her personal Facebook page, Lohan last week said she hoped that the conversion will bring her closer to her Jewish girlfriend, Samantha Ronson. Lohan and Ronson are currently in London attending a family bar mitzvah.
The announcement has been met with mixed reviews.
Dion Nissenbaum of Checkpoint Jerusalem ponders:
Is tempestuous actress Lindsay Lohan preparing to covert to Judaism in the name of love?
Simply Jews asks:
“The big question is: will our Chief Rabbi be happy?”
Elder of Ziyon pleads:
“It is time to act… I am kicking off a fundraiser to pay any cleric from any other religion a significant amount of money if you can convince Lohan to join your religion instead of Judaism. That's right – you make her a Confucian or a Rastafarian, and you can get big bucks.”
Meanwhile, Michael Lohan, Lindsay's estranged father and a former minister, opines:
“She's exploring Judaism right now. She's explored the Church of Scientology, she tried Kabbalah, and now this. I think it's just another phase. But either way, she's involving God in her life, and I'm happy about that.”
London's Daily Mail, who broke the story, reports:
Entering the synagogue, a photographer asked Lindsay if she was switching religions, to which she replied: ‘I'm trying.’
The Daily Mail also writes that Lohan and Ronson made additional visits to the synagogue while in London in order for Lohan to learn more about the conversion process. Formal conversion to Judaism typically takes up to a year and is undertaken with the help of a rabbi who teaches beliefs and traditional practices.
Other famous celebrities who are reportedly contemplating conversion include Leonardo DiCaprio, whose girlfriend is Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli. Rafaeli's family will not entertain a marriage proposal unless DiCaprio converts.
This writer says if Britney Spears can convert to Islam, anything is possible.
But-but-I just read that Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson broke up! Oh, celebs.
Leonardo DiCaprio isnt going to convert to Judaism. This story is a total fabrication. You should check your facts before you write stuff for pubic consumption.
hollywood found new religion indeed, Holy-convertalism..
I miss Lindsay’s freckled days
Of course I write for public consumption. This isn’t a personal blog. And before you accuse someone of “total fabrication,” do some homework of your own. The story was all over the Israeli and international media. Clicking on the link provided would have told you that, as well as this one: http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,25070139-5001026,00.html.
Blogging for Israel makes one an automatic target, no matter what you blog about. I think we could all use a light story now and then. By clicking on my article archive you’ll see that I strive for a balance in this arena.
There is no doubt that they are searching for meaning. Consumption as a way of life only takes you so far. Loved her in “Parent Trap.” Wish the freckles would make a reappearance.
And if you are looking for more of this kind of news, public consumption news, that is, you may enjoy Israellycool’s report that Snoop Dogg is planning to convert to Islam: http://www.israellycool.com/2009/03/03/new-recruit/.
~ Maya Norton