Oy vey

Today's New York Times arts coverage includes an interview with Tovah Feldshuh, the star of the new Broadway show Irena's Vow. The play is based on the true story of Irene Opdyke, a Polish Catholic woman who saved the lives of several Jews during the Shoah. I saw it a few days ago, and expect to write about it for Commonweal in the near future. But in the meantime, let me assure you that nothing in the play's take on religious issues is quite as alarming as this quotation, which ends the NYT story:

[Feldshuh's] only impediment with Irenas Vow, she said, was trying to understand the Catholic belief in Jesus as God incarnate.In my tradition, she said, its forbidden to engage in idol worship, and I wondered how I would approach Irenas idea of Christ, and that he is the son of God. In her modesty she believed she had help, she felt surrounded by the Christ. I tend to think more along the scientific terms of a universal energy force.

EWTN fans might have caught Feldshuh's appearance on The World Over this weekend (Raymond Arroyo is apparently a very big fan of hers). Fortunately, she managed not to say anything about "idol worship." Although it would have been fun to see Arroyo's response...

Mollie Wilson O’​Reilly is editor-at-large and columnist at Commonweal.

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