“Jew” in England is a word to be whispered beneath one's breath, as if one were
alluding to someone's bad smell—it's how ... Oh, the irony: that “feeling Jewish,”
for me at least, should be so neatly exposed by the way I feel about saying those
Author: Devorah Baum
Publisher: Yale University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In this sparkling debut, a young critic offers an original, passionate, and erudite account of what it means to feel Jewish—even when you’re not. Self-hatred. Guilt. Resentment. Paranoia. Hysteria. Overbearing Mother-Love. In this witty, insightful, and poignant book, Devorah Baum delves into fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis to present a dazzlingly original exploration of a series of feelings famously associated with modern Jews. Reflecting on why Jews have so often been depicted, both by others and by themselves, as prone to “negative” feelings, she queries how negative these feelings really are. And as the pace of globalization leaves countless people feeling more marginalized, uprooted, and existentially threatened, she argues that such “Jewish” feelings are becoming increasingly common to us all. Ranging from Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Sarah Bernhardt to Woody Allen, Anne Frank to Nathan Englander, Feeling Jewish bridges the usual fault lines between left and right, insider and outsider, Jew and Gentile, and even Semite and anti-Semite, to offer an indispensable guide for our divisive times.
But we Jews living today are lucky. Being Jewish is safer now than at any time in
history. Our challenge today is to be Jewish in a way that fills our lives with
meaning. We want to be Jewish with aware— mess, to “do Jewish” in a way that ...
Author: Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Taking off from basic questions like "Why be Jewish?" and whether the word God still speaks to us today, Reb Zalman lays out a vision for a whole-person Judaism. Includes many practical suggestions to enrich your own Jewish life and spiritual experience.
Growing up and living in Germany, my Judaism has shaped me incredibly and
gives me strength as well as a feeling of belonging. Being and feeling Jewish
makes me happy, although I sometimes tend to be afraid of expressing it in a total
Author: Judea Pearl
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Inspired by the final words of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, a collection of personal essays, reflections, theological statements, reminiscences, and stories expresses what being Jewish means to such contributors as Alan Dershowitz, Kirk Douglas, Theodore Bikel, Dianne Feinstein, Daniel Schorr, Larry King, Harold Kushner, Norman Lear, Joe Lieberman, and many others.
16 The discussion so far should have made it clear that , whatever the Law of
Return or halakhic law says , to be Jewish is primarily a matter of feeling , of
emotional commitment . To feel Jewish can , of course , be the result of one or
more of ...
Author: Raphael Patai
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
A landmark exploration of Jewish history and culture. First published in 1977, The Jewish Mind provides a penetrating insight into the complex collective reality of the Jewish people. Raphael Patai examines how six great historical encounters, spanning three millennia, between the Jews and other cultures led to both change and continuity in Jewish communities throughout the global diaspora. A timeless analysis by a prominent scholar. Patai, a noted cultural anthropologist and historian, drew on a lifetime of research and personal experience to explore the contemporary Jewish mind in its many manifestations, including an exploration of the notion of Jews as a race, an investigation into Jewish intelligence and talents, as discussion of Jewish self-hate, and a profile of Jewish personality and character. An insightful new foreword by Ari L. Goldman. Bestselling author and journalist Ari L. Goldman places the book in the context of recent turbulent events, especially in the Middle East, and confirms Patai's conclusion that Judaism remains enormous value to humankind. Goldman calls the book "a brilliant and absorbing survery of everything poured into the Jewish mind over the millennia." The Jewish Mind is a towering work of scholarship that remains relevant to anyone trying to understand Jewish culture and society around the world today. Book jacket.
He found that most Israeli Jews say that, when they feel more Jewish, they also
feel more Israeli. Jewish citizens of other countries are more likely to feel that
there is no relationship between their feeling Jewish and their feelings for their ...
Author: Steven M. Cohen
Publisher: SUNY Press
Explores how and why Jewish identity varies in different locations around the world and examines the implications of these variations for Jewish education.
Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages Anthony Bale.
chapter. 3. The. Jewish. Profile. and. the. History. of. Ugliness. The art of
caricature . . . [is] thus based . . . on the contrast between cruelty on one side and
credulity on ...
Author: Anthony Bale
Publisher: Reaktion Books
In Feeling Persecuted, Anthony Bale explores the medieval Christian attitude toward Jews, which included a pervasive fear of persecution and an imagined fear of violence enacted against Christians. As a result, Christians retaliated with expulsions, riots, and murders that systematically denied Jews the right to religious freedom and peace. Through close readings of a wide range of sources, Bale exposes the perceived violence enacted by the Jews and how the images of this Christian suffering and persecution were central to medieval ideas of love, community, and home. The images and texts explored by Bale expose a surprising practice of recreational persecution and show that the violence perpetrated against medieval Jews was far from simple anti-Semitism and was in fact a complex part of medieval life and culture. Bale’s comprehensive look at medieval poetry, drama, visual culture, theology, and philosophy makes Feeling Persecuted an important read for anyone interested in the history of Christian-Jewish relations and the impact of this history on modern culture.
have heard manyJews by Choice confess to me that despite their lengthy
conversion process and new religious identity, they still do not “feel”Jewish. I
often tell them that they are not alone—that many born Jews struggle with a
similar lack ...
Author: Rabbi Daniel Kohn
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Converting to Judaism can be an arduous process. After all, the Jewish tradition is over three thousand years old, filled with a rich history of significant events, great literature, sophisticated theology, a full calendar of holidays, and chock-full of home rituals, spiritual practices, customs and commandments. It is a comprehensive way of life and this wealth of knowledge can be an exhausting obstacle to a potential convert. It is no wonder that many formal courses for conversion to Judaism can take over a year--there is a lot to learn! But perhaps even more difficult than the formal educational process, for some people, the informal, social aspect of converting to Judaism can be especially challenging. Becoming a Jew is more than simply adopting a new faith and set of spiritual practices; it also involves joining a whole new people and ethnic group. For some converts, marrying into a Jewish family means trying to win the acceptance of Jewish in-laws who may be less-than-enlightened about the conversion process. For others, it may mean working to acquire the approval of Jewish friends and acquaintances in a community or synagogue. There is also the challenge of dealing with the complex and varied reactions of non-Jewish family members and friends. Unfortunately, not all Jews-by-Choice are immediately supported by their families-of-origin or welcomed into the Jewish people with open arms. For many new Jews, developing and independent sense of their own Jewish identity, a feeling of belonging, authenticity, and ease in the Jewish religion and amongst the Jewish people can be a long-term struggle. This book contains information that many rabbis and teachers probably feel uncomfortable divulging to students studying for conversion. This book is about the unpleasant, painful and even unfair side of the experience of Jewish conversion. In fact, I had originally titled it, What the Rabbis Wont Tell You About Becoming a Jew, because no rabbi wants to reveal the pitfalls and challenges that potential converts to Judaism might face. Based on personal experiences, anecdotal evidence from former converts, as well as direct observation, this book presents strategies for coping with unsupportive non-Jewish family members and friends, the inherently discriminatory nature of the process of conversion to Judaism, the prejudicial anti-convert views that some Jews-by-Choice may confront when interacting with a small number of bigoted, ignorant members of the Jewish community, and coming to grips with the fact that no matter what denomination of the rabbi who officiates at the conversion, there will always be someone who will claim the process was not Jewish "enough" and therefore invalid. These are the kinds of topics no rabbi or teacher wants to bring up when discussing the joys and spiritual highlights of conversion to Judaism. However, I feel that it is a disservice to Jews-by-Choice not to be inoculated against these potentially explosive issues. And let's not forget the reaction of non-Jewish friends and family who also may be less-than-pleased by the spiritual choice of a loved one who suddenly announces their interest in converting to Judaism. It is not at all uncommon for non-Jewish family members to experience a sense of guilt over what they might have done "wrong" which lead their son/daughter/brother/sister to abandon their faith-of-origin. Some families and friends may even experience the conversion of a child or friend as an act of abandonment. And some devoutly Christian friends and family members may sincerely worry about the ultimate and eternal disposition of the soul of a convert to Judaism whom they believe may now be condemned to eternal damnation. Especially given the unique and complicated relationship of Christianity to Judaism, converting to Judaism for many former and even unaffiliated Christians can present numerous challenges to their families and frie
Saul Rogovin, interviewed in April 1982 I felt like the outsider as a Jew. I didn't
feel like I was one of them, basically. Deep down inside I never felt that I was
accepted, whatever accepted was. Now this wasn't a reaction from my teammates
Author: Peter Ephross
Category: Sports & Recreation
"Between 1870 and 2010, 165 Jewish Americans played major league baseball. This work presents oral histories featuring 23 of these Jewish major leaguers. These oral histories paint a vivid portrait of what it was like to be a Jewish major leaguer and shed light on a fascinating facet of American baseball history"--Provided by publisher.
An understanding of the new structure of feeling and newly emerging identities
offers important insights into Jewish workingclass revolutionary politics. Radical
ideologies provided a theoretical framework for a new structure of feeling ...
Author: I. Shtakser
This book examines the emotional aspects of revolutionary experience during a critical turning point in both Russian and Jewish history - the 1905 revolution. Shtakser argues that radicalization involved an emotional transformation, which enabled many young revolutionaries to develop an activist attitude towards reality.
The End of the Jewish Diaspora Caryn S. Aviv, David Shneer. [side curls]. The
bakery staffers ... not at home simultaneously. How many times a year can one
say they feel somewhat self-conscious for not looking or feeling “Jewish enough”
Author: Caryn S. Aviv
Publisher: NYU Press
For many contemporary Jews, Israel no longer serves as the Promised Land, the center of the Jewish universe and the place of final destination. In New Jews, Caryn Aviv and David Shneer provocatively argue that there is a new generation of Jews who don't consider themselves to be eternally wandering, forever outsiders within their communities and seeking to one day find their homeland. Instead, these New Jews are at home, whether it be in Buenos Aires, San Francisco or Berlin, and are rooted within communities of their own choosing. Aviv and Shneer argue that Jews have come to the end of their diaspora; wandering no more, today's Jews are settled. In this wide-ranging book, the authors take us around the world, to Moscow, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles, among other places, and find vibrant, dynamic Jewish communities where Jewish identity is increasingly flexible and inclusive. New Jews offers a compelling portrait of Jewish life today.
The poetic image joins spatial perception and temporal feeling in one. For
Rosenzweig, the ultimate expression of this union is no longer linguistic but
gestural. Its artistic form is dance, which originally was no spectator art but wholly
Author: Ernest Rubinstein
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Assesses the impact of romanticism on the thought of Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig.
It was also the smell that she associates with Chinatown, which, she said, “still
gives me a feeling of comfort and belonging.”59 This close connection with
Chinese food has certainly become part of the Jewish American folklore. Vicky
has lived ...
Author: Yong Chen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Category: Social Science
American diners began to flock to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese food the first mass-consumed cuisine in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country's most popular ethnic cuisine. Chop Suey, USA offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the rise of Chinese food, revealing the forces that made it ubiquitous in the American gastronomic landscape and turned the country into an empire of consumption. Engineered by a politically disenfranchised, numerically small, and economically exploited group, Chinese food's tour de America is an epic story of global cultural encounter. It reflects not only changes in taste but also a growing appetite for a more leisurely lifestyle. Americans fell in love with Chinese food not because of its gastronomic excellence but because of its affordability and convenience, which is why they preferred the quick and simple dishes of China while shunning its haute cuisine. Epitomized by chop suey, American Chinese food was a forerunner of McDonald's, democratizing the once-exclusive dining-out experience for such groups as marginalized Anglos, African Americans, and Jews. The rise of Chinese food is also a classic American story of immigrant entrepreneurship and perseverance. Barred from many occupations, Chinese Americans successfully turned Chinese food from a despised cuisine into a dominant force in the restaurant market, creating a critical lifeline for their community. Chinese American restaurant workers developed the concept of the open kitchen and popularized the practice of home delivery. They streamlined certain Chinese dishes, such as chop suey and egg foo young, turning them into nationally recognized brand names.
Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews Sarah Lightman.
are great. ... Miriam proclaims: “I live in a very non–Jewish town with few Jewish
friends, and feel Jewish, and want to be Jewish, more than ever before.”22 This ...
Author: Sarah Lightman
Category: Literary Criticism
The comics within capture in intimate, often awkward, but always relatable detail the tribulations and triumphs of life. In particular, the lives of 18 Jewish women artists who bare all in their work, which appeared in the internationally acclaimed exhibition “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.” The comics are enhanced by original essays and interviews with the artists that provide further insight into the creation of autobiographical comics that resonate beyond self, beyond gender, and beyond ethnicity.
This book takes seriously Sigmund Freud's feeling for the movement of
psychoanalysis and the constant remaking of this movement around Freud. As
with the history of ideas generally, the history of psychoanalysis has been in part
a history of ...
Author: Dennis B. Klein
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dennis B. Klein explores the Jewish consciousness of Freud and his followers and the impact of their Jewish self-conceptions on the early psychoanalytic movement. Using little-known sources such as the diaries and papers of Freud's protégé Otto Rank and records of the Vienna B'nai B'rith that document Freud's active participation in that Jewish fraternal society, Klein argues that the feeling of Jewish ethical responsibility, aimed at renewing ties with Germans and with all humanity, stimulated the work of Freud, Rank, and other analysts and constituted the driving force of the psychoanalytic movement.
Origen informs us as the result of personal observation , that the Jewish patriarch
at the time exercised an authority almost ... with the permission to learn Greek , to
decorate the houses with paintings , & c . , indicates an altered state of feeling .
Author: Alfred Edersheim
Being Jewish came naturally in New York; it required virtually no special effort. It
was part of being a New Yorker, or to be more precise, of being from Brooklyn or
the Bronx. “Growing up in the Bronx I didn't feel Jewish, nor did I not feel Jewish.
Author: Deborah Dash Moore
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The first great modern migration of Jewish people from the Old World to America has been often and expertly chronicled, but until now the second great wave of Jewish migration has been overlooked. After World War II, spurred by a postwar economic boom, American Jews sought new beginnings in the nation’s South and West. Thousands abandoned their previous homes in the urban, industrial centers of the North and moved to Miami and Los Angeles seeking warmth, opportunity, and ultimately a new Jewish community—one unlike any they had every known. This move turned out to be as significant as their ancestors’ departure from their traditional worlds. Earlier Jewish immigrants to the New World had sought to fit into the well-established communities they found in the North, but Miami and LA were frontier towns with few rules for newcomers. Jews could establish new economic niches in the hotel and real estate industries, and build new schools, political organizations, and community centers to reshape the cities’ ethnic landscapes. Drawing upon rich and extensive research, historian Deborah Dash Moore traces the evolution of a new consensus on the boundaries of Jewish life and what it means to be Jewish. Most American Jews have families or friends who have chosen to live in these urban paradises. Many others have visited or vacationed under their palm trees. Now the vibrant Jewish culture of these cities comes to life through Moore’s skillful weaving of individual voices, dreams, and accomplishments. To the Golden Cities is an epic saga of an essential moment in American Jewish history, the shaping of a new postwar Judaism for the second half of the twentieth century.
If you can bring to your body that feeling of peacefulness, see how long you can
hold its presence. Sometimes it is helpful to recall a time or situation in your life
when you felt very peaceful. Maybe it was a time on vacation, away from the trials
Author: Jeff Roth
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
"When we awaken to our own light, it becomes possible to develop real wisdom about our life. As wisdom allows us to see clearly, our hearts break open with compassion for the struggles of our own lives and the lives of all beings. Awakened with wisdom and compassion, we are impelled to live our lives with kindness, and we are led to do whatever we can to repair the brokenness of our world." -From the Introduction
International society for the evangelization of the Jews ... He received the truth
him , his philosophical ideas and preconwith a willing and ready mind , he felt
ceived notions seem loth to leave him ; 60 deeply interested , and so thoroughly
Author: International society for the evangelization of the Jews
I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of
the Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as
... Paul, in Galatians, 2 : 14 Christians have always wondered how Jewish they
Author: Philip Rieff
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Literary Collections
Collected here for the first time, these writings demonstrate the range and precision of Philip Rieff's sociology of culture. Rieff addresses the rise of psychoanalytic and other spiritual disciplines that have reshaped contemporary culture.
Feeling Jewish in America Sara Bershtel, Allen Graubard. Jewish - American
historian has recently concluded , " Only in twentieth - century America has
emancipation been fully achieved . " According to modern democratic ideology ,
Author: Sara Bershtel
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Social Science
"Saving Remnants provides a series of honest and clear-minded portraits of young American Jews trying to confront what it means to be Jewish."--Irving Howe, author of World of Our Fathers "You don't have to be Jewish to be fascinated and challenged by this sensitive, profoundly intelligent book. Saving Remnants is about Jewishness, but it is also about all of us, searching for 'identity' on a menu that includes New Age epiphanies along with old-time religions and instant 'traditions.'"--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Fear of Falling