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Fighting Facebook’s Armchair Rabbis

My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?

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Member of the Tribe

Theodore Ross grew up pretending he wasn’t Jewish. His book Am I a Jew? traces his re-engagement with Judaism.

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End of the Line

A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging

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Foreplay

A proposed San Francisco ballot measure prohibiting circumcision arises from a debate over ritual, sexuality, and identity. What’s become an American norm might soon again be a mark of difference.

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Mistaken Identity

My mother pretended we weren’t Jewish when we moved to the South—but couldn’t resist kvelling over my book about it

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Unmasked

Has Purim replaced Passover as the best holiday vehicle for expressing individual Jewish identity?

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Shock Therapy

How my shrink helped me by becoming my biggest problem

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Forgotten Women

A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history

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Darkness Visible

Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them

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What Lies Beneath

One author thought moving to New York meant severing her small town roots. Then she started writing fiction.

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Stompin’ at the Savoy

A picture-book writer learns the identity-politics dance