Sigh, I had yet another conversation with someone that was convinced that she can tell just by looking at someone that they’re Jewish.
For a second, I thought, look she’s really old. I should let her off the hook. But you know me, I couldn’t.
I tried…”You mean, you think you can tell when someone is a Jew of Eastern European descent?” (The woman was a German Jew.)
I added, “You know, because Jews from Morocco or Yemen don’t necessarily look like Jews from Eastern Europe. And black Jews don’t look like….”
She looked at me like I was growing a second head. The conversation went downhill after that.
Anyway, do check out this essay by Christopher Bonanos: “You know I’m not Jewish, right?” She didn’t.