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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 28, 2011 , PAGE 17A Rabbi explains000000 g iis. ireligiouslyjustified By blarilyn Hawkes wanted more information to love and the command - "Who doesn&apos;t want to sephwere in their appear- over for a lot of reasons, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix Have you ever thought about having plastic sur- gery to enhance your ap- pearance, or do you think it's vain and superficial? In July, radio talk-show host and Valley of the Sun resident Diane Faith explored this topic onher "Makeover Advice Show" on 1.100 AM, KFNX. Her guest was Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefil- lah in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Faith is a member• The topic: What does the Bible say about plastic sur- gery as part ofa makeover? In April, Faith had Al- louche on the show and asked him if the Bible permitted plastic surgery as iaart of a makeover. He replied that the Bible per- mitted it in three circum- " stancesi if it is performed to remove an abnormality; if there is a grave [sychologi- eat need; and if it facilitates a happy marriage or a decent livelihood. Faith says she received several emails from lis- teners after the show. "No one was surprised that you could have plastic surgery to remove an ab- normality, but listeners "J .on/.he, psychological-need:  : antt6-faciiitate-a-hapP- marriage reasons," she sayL "They wanted to know what religious texts they could refer to for those circumstances." Allouche says the un- derlying concern that biblical authorities have regarding plastic surgery. is that based on the Bible you are not allowed to harm yourself, a surgical incision would be seen as a form of harm, and the only justification for harming yourself is if the purpose is to heal yourself. The psychological cir- cumstance, Allouche says, "comes from Babylonian Tractate of Shabbat 50b that says if the only pain a person suffers is that he's embarrassed to walk among people, then (plas- tic surgery) is permissible because there is no greater pain than this. If we are healing the embarrass- ment of someone, a psycho- logical need, then plastic surgery is categorized as a healing surgery." As for having plastic surgery to facilitate a happy marriage, Allouche says it is permitted if it will heal the marriage. In the Bible and other ancient texts. marriage is often parallel ment to ,lqe.:felo)... s:m.%.hfnektg s6Cneone ance?.,Theonlyinterpreta- :even mori ,alsOUSd[,,|i t.ll I/oiag|ho?,:she: asks:i ' tion'the Sa-[di' IS that rooted in Leviticus 19:18 "Everybody does. You re- charm alone is deceptive; • where God says, "Love • your fellow as yourself," according to Allouche. "In order to love someone, you need to love his or her appearance as well. If the attraction is nonex!stent, ally should try to look good, because as much as you're supposed to Jove your inner soul and.., his inner soul, you don't really love seeing hair growing out of his ears either. Let's take cre of beauty alone is fleeting; but if charm and beauty are attached to a woman who is God-fearing, then that shall be praised. "External beauty cannot be disregarded, but it must mostly because I've seen so many 40-year-olds who have gotten tattoos in their 20s, who really wish they didn't have them," Faith told Jewish News. "They're difficult to remove. Aside from the biblical reason, it's a bad idea." As for permanent make- if plastic surgery can heal that attraction and can cre- ate an effect that is positive and trulyconstructive for the love, then it would be permitted," he says. Allouche advises people to consult their own therapists and rabbis to make sure their embarrassment is legitimate enough to justify plastic surgery, or whether their love is at such a great risk that surgery is needed. "If someone from my con- gregation came to me and asked me (about having plastic surgery), I would re- search it rabbinically and in the Torah, and I would also speak to a psychologist•" Faith. who is a founding member of Beth Tefillah. said in an interview with Jewish News that it sur- prised her to learn that women were obligated to try to look good for their husbands and potentially get plastic surgery, but that once she heard the reasons. it made sense to her. ourselves, keep ourselves groomed and look as best as we can." In the show, Faith also asked Allouche about other forms of makeovers that include makeup, clothes and jewelry, which led to the questions: "How does the Bible define beauty?" and "Is it external appear- ance or is it just internal beauty that counts?"  Allouche said on air that the Bible puts great em- phasis on internal beauty, but it doesn't disregard external beauty. The verse that supports this idea, he said, is Proverbs 31:30-31, which indicates that charm is deceptive, beauty is fleet- ing and only a God-fearing woman shall be praised. "We.have to emphasize what King Solmon was trying to say. Is charm truly deceptive? Is beauty really fleeting? If so. then why does the Bible put so much emphasis on how beautiful Rachel and Jo- be a reflection and deeply up, which Faith describes connected to the internal as cosmetic tattooing, beauty of a human being," Allouche says !t's not al- he said."TheBibleteaches lowed unless there is a that internal beauty must semi-permanent'makeup be a reflection of external that fades away completely. beauty and vice-versa." "The general conclusion Faith asked Allouche (of biblical authorities) is what the Bible says about that permanent makeup permanent makeup and is considered a tattoo and tattoos. She referred to Le- it is not allowed," he says. viticus 19:28,which reads, Many people question "You shall not make any why the words "I am the cuts in your body for the Lord," are included in dead, nor make any tattoo Leviticus 19:28, Allouche marks on yourself. Iamthe says. "God is trying to Lord."'Allouche confirmed make a statement:'I am the that this passage instructs Lord, the owner of every- people not to get a tattoo• thing, includingyourbody. And for those who already Therefore, don't treat your tattoos. Allouche body as if it were yours, told Jewish News in a later treat your body as ifitwere interview. "the consensus mine.' You cannot make is if someone already has any changes unless they a tattoo• he should not are biblically approved." remove it because it will For more information cause more harm to the about Faith's radio show, body. By removing it. you visit her website, make- will be transgressing once Marilyn again• •• Hawkes is a staff writer "I can objectively say at Jewish News Of Greater that tattoos are abad make- Phoenix. 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup Scarlett Johansson, ex- .... pe;nsiv.e date NEW YORK Interested in taking Scarlett Johans- son out for an evening on the town? It's going to cost you $41K to be exact. That's how much ScarJo went for at a British charity auction for breast cancer research after a small bidding war erupted over the actress, who was not present. The winner was Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who agreed to share his evening with Ms. Jo- hansson with businessman Harry Becher, with each guy paying half of the cost. ac- cording to E! Online. A note to ScarJo--order the lobster• These guys can certainly afford it. Back to school with Amar'e Amar'e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star from Winter Haven who says he is exploring his Jewish roots, is heading back to school at Florida Inter- national University while player union reps sort out the labor dispute with NBA owners. "I'm back at school at FIU, studying history and science," Stoudemire, who has been seen on campus, told The New York Post's Anthony Sulla-Heffinger. Stoudemire also is film- ing bit movie and television roles. Mysterious flower for |vanka Ivanka Trump and New York Observer owner Jared Kushnerwere photographed on the streets of New York pushing their newborn baby Arabella Rose inher stroller. The Daily Mail, which did a fashion rundown on the stylish couple, also noted Sgt. Bryson K Jones A date with Scarlett Jo- hansson cost $41,000 at a British charily auction for breast cancer research. that Kushner "held some flowers in one hand--per- haps a gift for his wife•" Well. no. As many online com- menters correctly observed, Kushner was not holding flowers for his wife but a lulav. But maybe this photo will start a trend. Perhaps many young women will now ask their boyfriends for palm fronds instead of roses. (What could be more romantic than a "flower" with a pointy end that can put out your eye?) Amy Winehouse's dad to write a book NEW YORK Mitch Winehouse, father of the late soul songstress Amy Winehouse, is writing a book about the singer. It will be called "Amy, My Daughter" and will be released by HarperCollins next summer, according to E! Online. Father and daughter were tight throughout her life. In fact. Amy had "Daddy's CArl" tattooed on her body. Winehouse promisethat the book will include child- hood stories and anecdotes that preceded the singer's meteoric rise to fame. as well her well-documented struggles with addiction. "I feel the need to write this book to tell the true story of Amy and to help with my personal recovery.'" he explained'. The profits from the sale of the book will go to the Amy Winehouse Founda- tion. which was started in the singer's memory to help disadvantaged children and young adults. Bone & Sukkot One• the poverty-and- disease-fighting outfit founded by Bone. has re- leased a Sukkot-themed guide aimed at rallying efforts to combat famine in Africa. Live after Yom Kippur, it's Ben Stiller Ben Stiller hosted last weekend's "Saturday Night Live," which came right after Yom Kippur. as he pointed out. "My father is Jewish, my mother is Irish Catholic, which means according to the Torah, I'm not actually Jewish," he xplained. "But according to all of the mir- rors, I am." Wah, wah. It still seems that Stiller had actually fasted; dur- ing the monologue he started getting lightheaded from hunger. That'swhen Andy Samberg appeared before him as the Jewish. WillyWonka(JWW) Gene Wilder. : . JWWtook Stiller on a tour of Jewish food. "It-'s- every taste you've ever dreamed Glenn Francis Paula Abdul sent an "X Factor" loser packing with a little religiously inspired Hebrew. of from salty to fishy!" he explained to the starving Stiller. Asked who made all of the magical food. JWW replied. "I have an army of little men." "Oompa loompas?" Stiller inquired. "No," JWW responded, "justregular Jewish men." Zing[ Demi & Ashton's Kab- balah campfire One day after Yore Kip- pur, when the allegedly troubled; €up[e attended servfeesgeher at  the Kabba::Centr in ILoS Angeles Ashtn Kutcher • =' ' '" ee and DeliHreere S a building a pfire Ouid of Santa.Barbara near ca. chuma Lake, People M agai zine reported. But they were:, not alone. In addition to the ubiquitous paparazzi, the pair were joined by Yeuda Berg,.the pair's Kabbalah teacher. Roseanne returns Just a few weeks after her reality show "Roseanne's Nuts" failed .miserabl3, Roseanne is backwith a new show, "Down- wardly Mobile." According to Hollywood Reporter. the show is a multi-camera ensemble set in a "mobile home community." Paula's Hebrew "X Factor" Judge PaulaAbdul showed off some of her Semitic chops when she infused her kind rejection of a subpar singer with some religiously inspired Hebrew. After Andy gave it his all on a rendition of Mariah Carey's "Hero." the former "American Idol" judge gen- tly said, "I want to say it's a pleasui'e having you here. Thank you so much Ba- ruch Hashem-but I'm going to have to pass." That roughly translates to "blessed is the name." a phrase religious Jews often aset refer to-Gox.  Hey, Romeo! Nu, Juliet? Deadline reports that Shirley MacLaine has signed on for "The Local," an indie adaptation of "Ro- meiJ and Juliet'" that will feature Jewish and Italian families. Sue Kramer is slated to direct: Plus there is talk of add- ing Alan Arkin and Vera Farmiga to the cast. It is still uncertain what role MacLaine will play• Kramer told Deadline. "These two c•ultures have so much in common: love of gab. love of food. they talk with their hands• and they feed you with guiJt. For more JewiSlcelebrity news, visit he illegitimate child of JTA. Are You Keeping Your Career Options Open? 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