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From Safe to Unsafe and Back Again

Sometimes I think I must be going crazy. Never before in my life have I stumbled across so many well-meaning (and not well-meaning) white people (usually Orthodox Jews) who consider themselves “not racist” but make all manner of racist comments in front of me. Growing up, I heard racist comments from my family members but… Continue reading From Safe to Unsafe and Back Again

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Racism with a Punch

In The NY Post story, “Prof busted in Columbia gal ‘punch’”, a black Columbia professor punches out a white female university employee while discussing white privilege. Punching people doesn’t teach them anything about racism. It just makes you look racist. And violent. Duh. Unfortunately, the comments section on the story devolved into a bunch of… Continue reading Racism with a Punch

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The Mikvah and "Black" Hairstyles

I’d like to respond to a number of issues in this post. For one, I’d like to respond to a number of criticisms of my video post, “Going to the mikvah with your ‘nappy’ hair”. 1. Too negative. I hate this criticism. Heehee, H-A-T-E. I feel like I hear it every time I write something… Continue reading The Mikvah and "Black" Hairstyles

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Conversion (and Racism) in the news

“Barbara Walters: Ivanka Trump’s wedding was ‘absolutely gorgeous’” (The Read and learn why The View host Joy Behar can be really annoying…. “Ivanka Trump Says “I Do!” (Us Magazine) Bet Ivanka never thought she’d become the poster child for Orthodox conversion. “What defines your religion?” (BBC News) As Britain tries to redefine Judaism for… Continue reading Conversion (and Racism) in the news

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Moment Magazine Profiles Converts

In the latest issue of Moment Magazine, “The New Jewish Convert” looks at the experiences of converts from diverse backgrounds: “A Muslim, a Mormon, a Baptist, a Protestant, a Chinese American, an African American, a Mexican American and the great-granddaughter of a Nazi officer tell their stories.”

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Challah Con Platanos

Here’s a very short play I wrote for a “Multicultural Jewish” writing contest. I didn’t win. The ending’s kind of abrupt. It was in my earlier days when I wasn’t writing so much. I was trying to give the readers a good indication of what my Shabbat meals were like. The curtains open to a… Continue reading Challah Con Platanos

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An Episode on Jewish Relationships The latest episode of Glee, Mash-Up, is one of my favorites. It’s what I’ll be calling “the Jewish episode” for a long time. In the episode, Jewish character Noah Puckerman’s mom tells him (on Simchat Torah while they’re eating sweet and sour pork and watching Schindler’s List on TV) that he needs to go… Continue reading An Episode on Jewish Relationships

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Is Your Puppy Racist?

If you thought that I…and Newsweek…had flipped our lids with the “Is Your Baby Racist?” post” then you might not be able to handle this story. Over Sukkot, I heard a tale of (woe) told by a white Jewish couple in Los Angeles who say their puppy is “RACIST” (their words).Yes, you read that right.… Continue reading Is Your Puppy Racist?

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Apartment Hunting While Black (Jew)

Sorry for the late in the afternoon post, it might take me a couple of days to get over jet lag and flying and the resulting pain and fatigue. In the meantime, here’s a little link love for a post, “Apartment Hunting while Jewmaican”, on a cute new Jew of color blog, The Diary of… Continue reading Apartment Hunting While Black (Jew)

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Conversion in the News Roundup: From Crypto-Jews to Black Jews to Angry Jews

“The New Assimilated Jews” ( There are so many things wrong with this article, I don’t even know where to begin. Yael Mishali writes: “In my view, an assimilated Jew is anyone whose Judaism has no significance in his own eyes. He was born Jewish, and now just leave him alone. In my view, an… Continue reading Conversion in the News Roundup: From Crypto-Jews to Black Jews to Angry Jews