I’m twelve and the black-haired boy sitting next to me is telling bad jokes. He turns to me with a huge grin. “What is the difference between a Jew and a pizza?” I say nothing.
I am not a very good Jew
I never fast,
I eat carnitas during Yom Kippur,
Haven’t been to Synagogue
since Dad passed.
I guess it just doesn’t seem very Holy
White (passing, if not self-identifying) Jews are the only group of people who have a history of genocide, and within generations, internationally and in the United States, hold large amounts of economic, social and military power.
For most of my life, Judaism meant nothing to me. To him, it was worth dying for.
For evidence that most major world religions were invented by men for men, look no further than how they approach menstruation.
I know you probably thought you were being flattering.
I began to wonder if my Judaism had contingencies I was not previously aware of. The term for Jews who choose to move to Israel and acquire citizenship is “making aliyah,” aliyah meaning “ascension.”
Being ordered to do good is a contradiction. It violates free will. Doesn’t obligation bleed morality?
Stop Jewish street harassment now!
I am what I am, and what I am is a terrible person.