Monday, June 25, 2012

Actress Mayim Bialik on Her Journey to Jewish Observance

 
Mayim Bialik, 36, an American actress famous for her TV roles as Blossom Russo on NBC's Blossom and as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, has been on a lecture tour of synagogues and other Jewish venues. She's also a neuroscientist and a professor of neuroscience. Hayim Nahman Bialik, Israel's national poet, was Mayim Bialik's great-great-grandfather's uncle.

A year ago, she spoke at the Tribefest conference in Las Vegas about her early life, her education, and her journey from the Reform world of her Bohemian leftist parents to a growing appreciation and observance of halachic Judaism.

Only last week she delivered a lecture at The Jewish Center in Manhattan that we posted here in its entirety, more than an hour in length. Unfortunately the owner of the video, who originally posted it on YouTube, had second thoughts about sharing it and removed it. So we're posting instead the 14 minute talk at Tribefest, a talk that covers much of the same ground.

At the Jewish Center she told of how she now practices something close to modern Orthodox Judaism, but bends the rules when strict Orthodoxy comes into conflict with the realities of starring in a TV series produced in Hollywood.

If you haven't seen The Big Bang Theory or want to revisit a favorite scene, check out the short video just below Mayim's speech. Enjoy!

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5 comments:

  1. THis is just wonderful...Mayim is a joy and seeing this has been a pleasure. I would,however, like to buy her a really great headband....She had to move her hair 83 times, and it eventualy became a distraction to me--I say this with all respect for her and what she has to say-----She is an important voice in the next generation of Jewish thinkers, and I don't want anything to get in the way of people's experience of her,subtle as it is---
    I wish her continued love,health and Shalom! Thanks for posting this! M.A.

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  2. PS.....OR.....maybe she should just wear the tiara all of the time; that could work,too!......LOL.....LOL.....! M.A

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  3. Unfortunately, by the time I opened the email the video had been 'removed by the user". I tried to locate it on youtube but wasn't able to do so. Is there another source? I have 'loved' Mayim from the first time I ever saw her.

    HUGS,
    toni

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  4. Toni is right. The original YouTube poster removed the video sometime today. But I found another video of Mayim speaking at the Tribefest conference last year -- a shorter talk (14 minutes vs. more than an hour) but covering much the same ground. I updated the post and included the Tribefest video, retaining the short comedy clip from "Big Bang."

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