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Mayim Bialik: Why I Wear My Jewish Star

In a new blog post, the Big Bang Theory actress explains that, despite losing fans, she'll always be a Zionist

By: Daniel Koren

Published: August 15th, 2014 in News » Israel

At times like these, where celebrities, musicians and sports figures have been showing their support with the people of Gaza - I'm looking at you Penelope Cruz, Russel Brand and Rihanna - it's always refreshing when a known Zionist doesn't back down from his/her beliefs. Having said that, we all owe a debt of gratitude for Mayim Bialik, star of the Big Bang Theory, for her latest post to the Kveller blog, entitled "Why I Wear My Jewish Star."

"Oh, Israel," she begins. "What a month it’s been for you and me. I lost a lot of fans this month because of my love for you. But it’s OK. I love you more than popularity, even when you make me crazy. And even though I don’t always agree with Israeli policy, I’m still a Zionist."

Bialik continues to discuss Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, and what's it been like for her, as a Zionist, living in America.

"With all that we have been through this past month, I truly, deeply, for the first time understood why Jews who previously hadn’t worn yarmulkes started wearing them in the United States after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, when an Arab Coalition led by Syria and Egypt attacked Israel on the holiest day of the Jewish year. As we had been for thousands of years, in 1973, Jews were being attacked simply for being," she writes.

"In the middle of the conflicts in Israel and Gaza this month, and in the middle of the virulent attacks I was coming under on social media, I put on my Magen David – my Star of David necklace – and it strangely felt like putting on armor," she says. "It felt like a statement. Gold armor around my neck: The way I show that I am Jewish and that I am not afraid to be so."

Preach on sister.

"I wear a Magen David because I am not too small to fight," she writes. "With the Emmys approaching, I have decided that I want to have something 'Jewish' as part of my Emmy ensemble."

"I will know it’s there. It will give me strength and protection and courage. Most of all, it will give me pride."

Well put, Ms. Bialik. Read the entire blog post here.

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