Quoted in The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

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...full transcript available at Jewish Journal
...original article by Dr. Dawkins at TransMissions

According to Marcia Alesan Dawkins, visiting scholar in Ethnic Studies from Brown University and columnist for the Huffington Post,... "[Gwyneth] Paltrow may be making a statement that’s more about spiritual and cultural uplift and less about religious commitment or intensity.”

Dawkins challenges the notion that [Paltrow’s decision to raise her kids as Jews] is just another headline in celebrity gossip... “Coverage of Paltrow’s announcement generally shares one important quality: confusion over what Jewish identity is and means. Is it a matter of ancestry or a religion? Is it an ethnicity or nationality? Is it a culture or a parenting-decision? Is it a physical phenomenon like circumcision? Or is it an aura that can be manufactured and sold in popular culture?... While a glamorous Hollywood star’s religiosity may seem like soft news, these questions get at the heart of some of the most important issues of our time.”