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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Mayim Bialik


Star of the massively successful sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik may be the most famous Orthodox Jew in America.

A four-time Emmy nominee, neuroscientist, and distant relative of Israel’s national poet Haim Nahman Bialik, Mayim Bialik was raised a Reform Jew but drifted toward Orthodoxy as she grew older, ultimately embracing a traditional lifestyle in which she views the Torah as a “handbook for life.” Most famously, this required a specially made dress for the Emmys that conformed to her standards of modesty.

Bialik has also proved an articulate defender of Israel and Judaism, helping to send bulletproof vests to IDF soldiers, participating in ads for BDS target Sodastream, and blasting anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour for her racist statement that feminists cannot be Zionists.

“As a feminist Zionist, I can’t believe I am being asked to choose or even defend my religious, historical and cultural identity,” Bialik wrote. (Photo credit: Facebook.)


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