Growing up, my family ignored Halloween because of its religious origins. Now, it fits right in with who I am.
‘David Blatt is a reminder that when you invoke one form of Jewish identity you, to some degree, invoke them all’
A painful interaction about my Jewish identity during my Shabbat Kallah is reconciled years later
Double standards—about my hair, the way I speak, and my ‘goy booty’—make me feel a loss of identity as a Black American Jew
My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?
Theodore Ross grew up pretending he wasn’t Jewish. His book Am I a Jew? traces his re-engagement with Judaism.
A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging
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.
My mother pretended we weren’t Jewish when we moved to the South—but couldn’t resist kvelling over my book about it
Has Purim replaced Passover as the best holiday vehicle for expressing individual Jewish identity?
How my shrink helped me by becoming my biggest problem
A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history
Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them
One author thought moving to New York meant severing her small town roots. Then she started writing fiction.
A picture-book writer learns the identity-politics dance