This week has been a tough one for the Jews on social media. Anti-Semitism, Israel bashing and political divisiveness are running rampant. Maybe it is just COVID exhaustion and everyone’s nerves being shot, but we have seen a lot more Jewish on Jewish attacks in the last week, both nationally and locally, then we have in quite some time. It is a hard time. We get it. But still…
On a lighter note, no matter what side of the aisle you stand, the potential of having a Jewish “second gentleman” is interesting.
Here are a few things about Douglas Emhoff, the Jewish attorney husband of the newly announced Vice Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris.
He was born in Brooklyn, moved to New Jersey, and then on to Los Angeles when he was 17. He was a Bar Mitzvah boy and is close to his Jewish parents.
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It sounds like his mother is a warm and funny woman. In fact, Kamala Harris does a mean impression of her Jewish mother-in-law, who she is very close to.
Currently, Mr. Emhoff is a partner at global law firm DLA Piper, specializing in entertainment litigation and intellectual property, and splits his time between Los Angeles and Washington DC.
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They were set up on a blind date by friends in San Francisco in 2013. And a year later were married in a civil ceremony where he smashed the wine glass in the Jewish tradition.
Douglas Emhoff has been referred to as a ZADDY, not to be confused with Zayde. ZADDY is a slang term for a mature man with raw sex appeal.
He has always been super proud and supportive of his wife. That may not be a specifically Jewish characteristic, but in an unscientific survey with friends, most overwhelmingly gave Jewish husbands top marks.
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Douglas has two children from his first marriage, Cole and Ella, who Ms. Harris says affectionately refer to her as “Momala,” – in a nod to both the Yiddish term of endearment and a play on the pronunciation of Kamala – because they don’t like the term “stepmom.”
Stay safe, everyone.
Cindy Saltzman, Publisher