Thought Catalog


The Truth Is, I’m A Bad Jew

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
without him.

Our Holocaust Doesn’t Make Us Brown

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.

Judaism As A Contingency

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.”