Monday, February 2, 2015

Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady Have a Menorah in Their Home

I WAS INTRIGUED WHEN I read the headline in Tablet Magazine asking, "Why Does Tom Brady Have a Menorah?"

It turns out that New York Times Magazine reporter Mark Leibovich profiled Tom Brady in a recent issue of the magazine. Leibovitch was granted access to the home of the New England Patriots quarterback, whose team won yet another Super Bowl championship last night.

Inside the sprawling home of Tom Brady and Gisele B√ľndchen in Brookline, Massacheusetts, Leibovitch was led into a “barnlike guesthouse,” which was being built for the supermodel’s photo shoots. It was inside this guesthouse that the reporter saw a menorah.

Leibovitch explains, that Brady "marched me back into the house, through the kitchen and past a shelf that displayed a large glass menorah. 'We’re not Jewish,' Brady said when I asked him about this. 'But I think we’re into everything. . . . I don’t know what I believe. I think there’s a belief system, I’m just not sure what it is.'"

Why does Tom Brady have a menorah in his home?
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the Super Bowl. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Tablet Magazine speculates that perhaps the menorah was given to Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen as a gift by either the Kraft family, owners of the New England Patriots, or by Tom Brady’s brother-in-law Kevin Youkilis, the retired Jewish baseball player who married Brady's sister Julie in 2012.

Jason Miller is a rabbi, entrepreneur and technology expert. He's president of Access Computer Technology in Detroit, Michigan and blogs at Follow him on Twitter at @RabbiJason.