Posts Tagged ‘Aleph Portman-Millepied’

Natalie Portman Hits The Town With Aleph

June 12, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

If you go by paparazzi photos and gossip reports, then it appears that Natalie Portman dined in at least a couple of restaurants in Los Angeles last week.

First, the Enquirer let everyone know that the actress stopped in for lunch at Flore Vegan, an organic vegan restaurant on W. Sunset Blvd in Silverlake, with her almost one-year-old son Aleph. With little Aleph crying up a storm, the midday meal didn’t go very smoothly.

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© 2012  Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Natalie Portman Takes Aleph To Synagogue

March 5, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Natalie Portman fans are wondering about her trip on Sunday to a synagogue in Santa Monica, California together with Benjamin Millepied and their infant son Aleph. Did the visit have something to do with the wedding bands the couple were spotted wearing as they walked the red carpet before the Academy Awards ceremony?

The Daily Mail ran photos of Portman and Millepied outside the synagogue, dressed weekend casual, as Portman carried little Aleph in a front carrier. One shot showed Portman leaving the synagogue as a bearded man in a yarmulke and a suit held the door for her. The Daily Mail, referring to it as both a temple and a synagogue, did not identify the specific house of Jewish worship.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

The Name Police

January 3, 2012

This post first appeared as “Banned! Israel May Outlaw Weird Names” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Would books like this have to pass through a censor?

Israel would ban strange names under a bill that was just debated by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation. It seeks to outlaw parents from giving their newborns highly unusual names.

Current law already authorizes the Interior Minister to refuse to register a name if “it could mislead or offend the public.” The newly proposed law, however, would establish a “Public Names Committee” that would judge whether a name could also be possibly damaging to a child him or herself.

MKs Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) and Miri Regev (Likud), who co-sponsored the proposal, have suggested that the committee would consist of an educator, a social worker and a psychologist. The idea would be that these people would be able to provide guidance to the Interior Ministry and parents in such cases when a births registry clerk was confronted with a questionable name. “Giving a hurtful and insulting name to a minor, or names of curses or negative figures, could make him an object of mockery in the eyes of his peers and damage his self-image and self-confidence,” the lawmakers were quoted as saying.

Whether or not this proposed law actually passes the Knesset, it’s unclear whether it might be applied to Natalie Portman’s baby, who is named after the Hebrew letter, Aleph. In any case, the 6-month old with the unusual moniker would probably have been grandfathered in.

© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand.  All rights reserved.


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