Here is a quote that jumped out at me:
“The way in which diverse Jews struggle to reconcile their Jewish religious identity with their racial or cultural identity seems to depend, in part, on the individual’s path to Judaism. Those who converted to Judaism tend to feel a sense of completeness, of joy, at having found their way to Jewish religious practice. Religious fervor carries them through the struggle, and they are sure of who they are, since they have had to undertake an arduous journey to claim that part of their identity” (56).
This quote above definitely expresses how I feel about my own struggles with identity.
Another quote from a different chapter, “Who is a Jew? Ideology and Bloodlines:”
Though I haven’t had a chance to really look at too much of the book (and I’ve already uncovered some points with which I disagree), I’m really looking forward to it in its entirety. Racism is on my mind this week, probably, because I’m currently working on a piece for Interfaithfamily.com about race and the Jewish community. One of the topics I mention in the piece is this question of legitimacy that is too often posed to Jews of color. I, too, agree that this is an American problem to a certain extent. In Israel, I never experienced this question of legitimacy as much as I have in America. In fact, in Israel, no one questioned my Jewishness, even though at the time, I was not yet a Jew.