Michael Douglas might be very devoted to religion, but it looks like he has a "mixed faith" message for everyone. The Hollywood actor opened up about his recent reconnection to Judaism at the Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford, N.Y., where he made pretty universal remarks about keeping the faith.
According to the New York Post on Tuesday, Douglas said that he only started studying about Judaism when his son Dylan began preparing for his bar mitzvah.
A source who was at the event said, "Douglas does love the faith and the culture, and he thinks the number of Jews is declining because so many are assimilating and marrying non-Jews, him included."
The insider added, "If you turn your back on these people because your mother was not Jewish, you're going to lose people . . . He's passionate about inclusion."
Naomi Schaeffer Riley agrees with the remarks, as she pointed out, "Douglas is absolutely right that Jews can't turn their backs on families where the mother's not Jewish. In fact, no religious group can ignore the issue of interfaith marriage today."
The writer also explained, "Because the truth is this: Women in America run religion. They're more likely to attend religious services (and take children to them). They're more likely to volunteer to serve on committees and organize events for religious institutions. And they're more likely to create religious rituals in the home and to take children to and from religious education classes."
Douglas has been married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is not a practicing Jew, since 2000. The couple have two children together, their son Dylan, and their daughter Carys.