Isn’t it confusing? Won’t it be confusing for your children? People constantly ask me these questions. They think being Dominican, American and Jewish sounds really complicated. Mostly, they’re trying to put a damper on my multicultural mojo.
So here I am in Los Angeles for Pesach (Passover) stocking up on yucca and plantains so I can survive without rice and beans during the holiday. (We’re Ashkenazi, not Sephardi, so we don’t eat beans and rice on Passover.) I’m practicing my Spanish with the maid and my mother-in-law (who wants me to move in so I can translate for her on a daily basis). I’m already dreaming of next Passover when I hope to learn some songs in Ladino (the original Heb-Spanglish). Being Dominican, American and Jewish doesn’t feel too complicated right now…it’s just a juggling act that comes naturally.
It’s easy for American Jews to forget that Jews in the diaspora are already pretty multicultural. We’re not all eating gefilte fish and a good lot of us can roll our r’s like nobody’s business. Perhaps, you haven’t heard about Ms. Jinich? Well, read “A Taste of Passover with a Mexican accent” and learn why Jewish multiculturalism is where it’s at. At the very least, it’s tastier.