by Seth Rogovoy
(FORWARD) – Actor Patrick Stewart, who turned 80 on Monday, July 13, 2020, isn’t Jewish. But that didn’t stop him from assuming — incorrectly — for well over half his life that a mohel, or someone with a very sharp implement, had removed his foreskin shortly after birth. On a TV talk show in 2017, Stewart revealed that his mother had told him at a young age that he had been circumcised, and that despite evidence to the contrary, he had just assumed she was telling the truth. It wasn’t until late in life, when Stewart casually referred to having been circumcised to his wife, that he was disabused of the notion.
Of course there is now and was then a lot more to being Jewish than the sacrifice of a bit of flesh from the tip of the male sexual organ, and being Jewish or not was never the issue. But Stewart, who is best known for portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” series of superhero films, has nevertheless enjoyed playing Jewish roles throughout a distinguished acting career that has garnered him a closet-full of awards — including Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Saturn award nominations – as well as being involved with Israeli and Jewish-themed projects….