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Shira Schmidt

Shira Leibowitz Schmidt was raised in an assimilated Jewish home in New York, and became observant while studying at Stanford University in California. In June 1967 she told her engineering school professor she would miss the final exam because she was going to Israel to volunteer during the Six Day War. “That’s the most original excuse I have ever been offered,” he responded. She arrived during the war and stayed, receiving her BSc in absentia. She subsequently met and married the late Elhanan Leibowitz, and they raised their six children in Beersheba. Mrs. Leibowitz acquired a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from the Technion, and an MSc in Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo. Today she lives with her husband, Dr. Baruch Schmidt, in Netanya. She co-authored, with Nobel prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffmann, Old Wine New Flasks. She has co-translated from Hebrew to English (with Jessica Setbon) From the Depths (the autobiography of Rabbi Israel Meir Lau); The Forgotten Memoirs (memoirs of Rabbis who survived the Shoah, edited by Esther Farbstein); and Rest of the Dove (Parashat Hashavua by Rabbi Haim Sabato). She and her husband appear in the documentary film about the Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe, “Hidden Face.” She is available to lecture in Israel and in the US and can be contacted via

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4 Responses

  1. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Not going to happen on a large scale. Arabs have a very strong tendency to marry within the chamullah, the clan (

  2. Bob Miller says:

    This all is reminiscent of “Abie’s Irish Rose” and “Bridget Loves Bernie”, the sagas of assimilation in America.


    An old riff—but this new insanity isn’t assimilation into a host culture, it’s assimilation into the enemy’s culture. Another step down. Is it any wonder that we still see Hamans around?

  3. Eliezer says:

    I’m not about to defend something like intermarriage, and perhaps I am not sensitive enough, however if you look at the FAQ on the site, they state there:

    “I sometimes get remarks about the film being too simplistic and that it does not accurately show the suffering of any one side. I agree, it IS simplistic because it has to be in order to be a comedy. This film is not meant to be a learning tool for the situation in the Middle East.”

    Granted people who view the movie will not be reading their FAQ on their website, nevertheless, it’s intention seems more of a lighthearted escape than anything else.

  4. Steve Brizel says:

    Haaretz has been peddling intermarriage and the two-state solution since the 1930s. I never cease to be shocked when Haaretz actually publishes something that is favorable to Torah Jewry and/or Zionism.

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