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Streisand on Rumors of Prince Charles Fling: Could Have Been First Real Jewish Princess

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Decades of British newspaper archival material suggest Prince Charles has been “infatuated” with Barbra Streisand for years and years, to the point where Princess Diana quipped that she “would not have been surprised if they had an affair.” Streisand, for her part, said in 1974, after her first meeting with Charles, who was then a strapping Royal Navy officer whose ship was docked in LA: “Who knows? If I’d been nicer to him, I might have been the first real Jewish princess.”

A new book titled “Game of Crowns,” by Christopher Andersen, which comes out on Tuesday this week (from Simon & Schuster), claims Prince Charles saw Streisand’s “Funny Girl” (1968) three times. He kept a framed photo of Streisand on the wall of his private room at Cambridge a

nd in Buckingham Palace. He told his personal valet that the celebrity he finds most appealing is Streisand: “I’m sure they thought I’d say Raquel Welch [but] Streisand is my only pinup.”

Back in 2014, Globe Magazine announced: “Charles & Streisand: Secret Romance Exposed! World Exclusive.” And back in 2006, the Daily Mail reported that “Prince Charles had fling with Streisand.”

The secret romance-fling apparently took place in 1994, two years after his highness had separated from Princess Diana and while he was involved with the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles. The unauthorized biography “Barbra – The Way She Is,” also by Christopher Andersen, claims Charles had a private dinner with Streisand, and they were “very affectionate toward each other.” According to British author Harold Brooks-Baker, the two “had a secret rendezvous at his suite in the secluded Bel-Air Hotel,” which was marked on the royal agenda as a “private tea.”

And now, because a story like this must have a weird coincidence for the nice readers to share it on Facebook, how do you like these apples:

Andersen’s Streisand biography says the diva had a short romance with Dodi Fayed, the Arab playboy prince who was later killed in a car crash next to Princess Diana in Paris. Streisand, who was 15 years older than Fayed, met with him in the early 1980s after he had produced the film Chariots of Fire. They were driving in his car together, and Fayed, trying to lose the paparazzi, ordered his chauffeur to drive faster — except Streisand would have none of it, calling out, “Hey, let’s try not to get killed.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you survive for six decades in Hollywood.


Rabbi Sacks is All that Is Right with Judaism

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Miriam Shaviv has penned one of the most important articles in recent memory. It highlights what we will truly be missing when the current Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom officially enters retirement in September.

This may sound a bit fawning or overblown. But I don’t think it is. Rabbi Sacks is all that is right with Judaism. He is a brilliant thinker who has written numerous books on Jewish thought. Largely through his efforts Jewish education for the masses has increased to record numbers in his country.

Those items alone makes his retirement regrettable. But in perhaps one of his most important functions as a Chief Rabbi – he has done the ultimate Kiddush HaShem.  He has made Judaism among British leadership something to look up to. Something to respect and admire. A religion that more than any other has taught lessons about ethics and leadership to world leaders. In short he has done a lot to spread the light of Torah.

His final farewell dinner was attended by not only British government leadership, both past and present, it was attended by British royalty. From the Times of Israel  article:

The guest of honor was Charles, the Prince of Wales, who in a deliberate misquote of the prophet Isaiah, called Lord Sacks “a light unto this nation.”

…Prince Charles admired Lord Sacks’s “lightness of touch and elegant wit,” and said that he had personally benefited from his advice.

 “Your guidance on any given issue has never failed to be of practical value and deeply grounded in the kind of wisdom that is increasingly hard to come by,” he said.

The heir to the British throne actually read his books to much acclaim. The effusive praise did not stop there:

In a video message, former prime minister John Major said, “As a student of your books over many years you have absorbed more hours of my time than I can possibly remember,” while Labour’s former prime minister Gordon Brown, with whom Sacks was reputed to have had a particularly close relationship, praised his book “Politics of Hope” for suggesting a way “between markets and state… He saw that the ethics of markets were an issue long before the financial crisis.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said that “The Home We Build Together” “had a significant influence on my own mission to build a bigger and stronger society right here in Britain,” which was a cornerstone of his platform in the early years of his premiership.

Lord Sacks had an excellent relationship with clergy of other faiths as well, particularly with the Chief cleric of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

It is also rather well known that former prime minister Margaret Thatcher thought so well of Lord Sacks’ wisdom that she turned more often to him for advice than she did to clergy of her own religion.

It is also a tribute to Lord Sacks that clergy of other Jewish denominations attended this event too:

In a rare display of solidarity amongst Britain’s Jewish religious leaders, there were representatives from all the denominations, including Reform’s Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and the Liberal movement’s Rabbi Danny Rich.

The only ones apparently not in attendance were England’s Charedi establishment rabbis.

The well deserved accolades from the distinguished speakers were far too many to quote here. But aside the huge Kiddush HaShem that Lord Sacks has made during his 22 year tenure, another important issue was addressed that evening. It was on the subject of the shrinking moderate center at the expense of the growth of Ultra- Orthodoxy. He considers this phenomenon ‘worse than dangerous’:

Lord Sacks drew an equivalence between assimilated Jews “who embrace the world and reject Judaism, and those who embrace Judaism and reject the world.”

“It is an abdication of the role of Jews and Judaism in the world. We are here to engage with the world, to be true to our faith and a blessing to others regardless of their faith.”

It is important to point out that Lord Sacks does not reject the philosophy of Charedim. I’m sure he supports their right to interpret  ‘Talmud Torah K’Neged Kulom’ as learning Torah full time and leading as holy a life as possible. What he rejects is their isolationist approach to the world. This is something we should all reject.

Harry Maryles

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