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.

End of the Line

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

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.

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

Unmasked

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

Shock Therapy

How my shrink helped me by becoming my biggest problem

Forgotten Women

A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history

Darkness Visible

Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them

What Lies Beneath

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

Stompin’ at the Savoy

A picture-book writer learns the identity-politics dance

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