a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

How Do You Jew?

Posted on: January 10, 2012

If you’re a long-time reader, you know that I wrote a post with the same title a while ago.  It was before I converted and before I was able to really articulate and comfortably field questions that I would get about why I wanted to convert.  Now that I am Jewish, I’m always given unsolicited opinions on everything from what is and is not proper food for Shabbat dinner to why my style of keeping kosher isn’t.

I wrote this piece for Jewcy about How I Jew.  I hope that you’ll read it.

1 Response to "How Do You Jew?"

Unfortunately, Jewcy still hasn’t fixed its commenting issue. (The Ed. told me a fix is in the queue–thousands of reader email lists were accidentally put on a spam list by some technical snafu last year.) So I’ll comment here…

Mazel tov! You are SUCH A JEW! A perfectly, exactly, wonderfully struggling, conflicted, Jewishly self-aware Jew!

You’re right. It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be. But you’re wrong if you think people in allegedly frum communities don’t go through the same thing. We all do. All of us. Every Jew. Not one of us is perfect.

We’re. Not. Made. To. Be. Perfect.

Otherwise, why would God have made us?


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