Streisand’s cousin can’t make ‘aliyah’ due to Facebook postings

What would Yentl have done? Dale Streisand, the cousin of you-know-who, wants to make aliyah – but can’t.

Streisand's cousin can't make 'aliyah' due to Facebook postings

Even Bashevis Singer couldn’t have thought this one up (mostly because he died long before Facebook was invented). Haaretz reports today on its front page that Barbra Streisand’s cousin, Dale, will not be allowed to make aliyah. Why? Well, apparently the Interior Ministry and the Jewish Agency weren’t happy with him linking to a Christian missionary website on his Facebook profile.

Dale is married to a Filipina who is now pregnant. According to Haaretz, they want the baby to be born in Israel. Since the refusal, he’s taken down his old Facebook profile and put up a new one, which now has pictures of Israeli flags and him laying teffilin. Here’s a screenshot:

Streisand's cousin can't make 'aliyah' due to Facebook postings

“His previous Facebook page, he claims, was taken out of context. He explained to Haaretz that one of his friends had sent him a link titled “Click if you love Jesus,” and that there were a few other things from his past that were found, but they had no connection to who he is today.

He said he is a Jew and has a right to live in Israel. Streisand also told Haaretz that he is a newly Orthodox Jew, is studying Torah and that he wants to live in Israel and raise his children here.

Look, apparently the guy really wants to come. I say let him in. Who knows, maybe he can even carry a tune.

And anyway, where does it say in the Law of Return that you can’t link to Christian organizations, huh? If that’s the way it works, you might have to strip me of my citizenship for all the stuff I’ve linked to on my own Facebook profile.

I wonder what Yentl would have done…

Bookseller: You’re in the wrong place, storybooks for women are over here.
Yentl: [holding a book] I’d like this one, please.
Bookseller: [takes the book away] Sacred books are for men.
Yentl: Why?
Bookseller: It’s the law.
Yentl: Where’s it written?
Bookseller: It doesn’t matter where it’s written, it’s the law.
Yentl: Well if it’s the law it must be written somewhere, perhaps in here
[the book]
Yentl: I’ll take it.

And now, let’s dance to my latest favorite tune!