Tiffany Haddish Hangs Out With Her Rabbi

Our "Black Mitzvah" queen recently opened up about her Jewish practice.

Tiffany Haddish is no stranger to sharing her Jewishness with fans. In 2019, she released her Netflix stand-up special “Black Mitzvah” on the same day she had her own bat mitzvah ceremony at the age of 40.

Now, two years post-bat mitzvah, Tiffany is opening up about her everyday Jewish practice (beyond looking gorgeous wearing a Star of David). In a recent interview with Time Magazine promoting her new show “The Afterparty,” Tiffany explained,

“I give at least 30 minutes every single day to reading and learning. I have Shabbat dinners on Fridays. I hang out with my rabbi. I’m always asking questions. I’m getting emotional, but I think the things I’ve been through in life, I wouldn’t have been able to get through without my loyalty to God.”

Shabbat dinners at Tiffany’s house? Sign us up!

At the same time, Tiffany expressed her wish that she’d had a bat mitzvah as a teenager and attended Hebrew school as a child; Tiffany grew up with her mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, and only met her father, an Eritrean Jew, later in life.

As a celebrity, Tiffany has already publicly and joyously engaged with her Judaism, so it’s very exciting to be privy to her Jewish rituals and practices, too. Her continued sharing in the public eye is a powerful affirmation for Black Jews and Jews who come to the culture later in life, as well as just generally being a treat for all of us.

While we patiently wait for more explicitly Jewish Tiffany Haddish content, you can catch her on Apple TV+’s “The Afterparty” alongside fellow Jews Ilana Glazer, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz and Dave Franco.

Evelyn Frick

Evelyn Frick (she/they) is a writer and associate editor at Hey Alma. She graduated from Vassar College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. In her spare time, she's a comedian and contributor for Reductress and The Onion.

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