Melancholy and the Jews

K. Bercovici. 1882-1861. He sued Charlie Chaplin and settled. When I moved out to California from New York City to pursue the academic route, select people would say versions of: “Why would a Jew live anywhere else but New York City and its environs?” Besides Jerusalem, The New York Area is the Jewish Area, and by that I mean populated an Ashkenazi Caliphate with enough money to spoil its children and live comfortably some 70 years after World War II. We know ourselves too well to make it sound even the slightest bit exotic.
Then, when I’m deep in the archives, I come across a true Jewish-American Work of Art. This article, by Romanian-Jewish-American-Yiddish novelist, journalist, dandy, screwball folklorist of the Gypsies Konrad Bercovici, in The Nation, is the story of Jewish America in 1923. The Jewish Professional Communal Alchemist “Leaders” want to know what I affiliate with. I affiliate with this.
Click on the link, and you’ll get a PDF. Enjoy yidn, mayn moyre-shkoredike yisroel.

2 thoughts on “Melancholy and the Jews

  1. This post could just as easily have been entitled, “Full of Crap and New Yorkers.” As a native New Yorker, When I left NYC for Chicago in the mid-2000s, it was just that mindset of “our patch is better than anyone else’s” that I was most happy to leave behind. When I began my longtime-coming Jewish conversion last year, I wondered whether I might be better off moving back. Thanks for reminding me of the hubris I’m happy not to have to experience here in Chicago, with our region’s miniscule (by the standards of this blog post, anyway) quarter-million Jews. However do we manage?

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