a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

My new BFF

Posted on: May 21, 2012

On Wednesday night I interviewed Yitz Jordan, aka Y-Love for Jewcy.com.

From Jewy.com:  “Hip hop artist Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan is more committed than ever to his Judaism. “Just because I came out doesn’t mean that I’ll start eating bread on Pesach or won’t observe the holidays,” Jordan explained passionately. “What does one have to do with the other?”

We were speaking over the phone a few days after he came out publicly in an interview with OUT Magazine that set off a wave of press coverage, dwarfing even the news that Britney Spears would be the new judge on X-Factor.

Jordan, whose music fuses Biblical text with hip-hop beats, had been on my radar since I first began to explore Judaism three years ago. I was intrigued by him—he was a black man, he was an Orthodox Hasid, and he was a convert to Judaism. I wasn’t really interested in his swagger and I didn’t care that he was a rapper. He was a black Orthodox Jew.”

Read the rest of the article here.


2 Responses to "My new BFF"

I discovered Y-Love about two years ago. I loved his music, but even more so I loved the fact he was a religious black Jew. Every black Jew I see I feel less lonely. I would look at Y-Love and be proud to represent the black, Jewish community even though I have never actually met another.

Now that he has come out I feel less alone. Another Gay, black, Jew is out there. Maybe I can be more religious.


I’m so glad that you wrote this. It definitely feels like we’re the only ones, but one thing that Yitz said in our interview is so true. Just as there have always been JOCs there have always been gay Jews-it’s nothing new, it’s not a “new thing” we’ve always been here. It’s great to have a public representation of that fact.

In my life I try to be as religious as possible, and am cautious to define that in ways that work within my reality. This means re-examining what it means to dress modestly, figuring out what covering my head means vs. covering my head, assessing what Kashrut looks like, etc., etc.

We have just as much of a need to be spiritual and religious people-our sexual orientation has nothing to do with that basic need.

Sending you many many blessings and lots of love!

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