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The Rules

The fact that my mother isn’t Jewish doesn't matter to my father’s family. I was one of them no matter what. But for the wider community, my stories didn’t matter—only the rules. And the rules are that the child of…

Reject racism, not Judaism

On December 13th, The Forward posted the incoherently titled, “Jews With Asian Heritage Pose Growing Identity Challenge to Jewish Establishment,” as an apparent attempt to deal with racism in the Jewish community. This is actually a much-needed discussion – our…

Everyone Else

Sitting in a restaurant in the South of the city. They serve one East Coast dish only. There is a vegetarian option but I don’t need it. I’m reading about the end of Liberal Zionism in the paper wondering what…

A new phrase for the rest of us

As I’ve written about before, I grew up with little connection to the State of Israel. Recently, I’ve come to consider the political, economic, and cultural realities that make advocating for the disassembly of Israel impractical and completely counterproductive to…

Daniel Sieradski