Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

What Does It Mean To Be Jewish Anyways?

Last week I intended to write something exclusively for my poor, neglected little blog here, and I put out a call for topic ideas. On Twitter, Tzvi Kilov responded with the following prompt:

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So I never got around to posting the piece here (obviously), but this prompt did get my thinking gears cranking away.

While I went a little off-topic from this excellent question, I ended up producing this piece which is up on Hevria today. I was nervous about posting it (usually a good sign, tbh), but have been thoroughly touched by the conversations it’s sparking off on social media.

Thank you, as always, for reading thoughtfully and for taking these little bits of my life that I share and turning them into moments of connection. It means so much to me, truly.

Looking forward to your thoughts on today’s post.

 

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4 thoughts on “What Does It Mean To Be Jewish Anyways?

  1. Interesting post. I’ve always been somewhat grateful that Judaism is essentially split between a religious practice and an ethnic/cultural identity, since the latter is pretty much all I’m able to claim…though my faith has been “in transit” for quite some time, and I’m starting to rediscover the richness of Jewish theology that I took for granted growing up.

    1. Hello! Long time! It’s really a fascinating split, and each different spot in the diaspora seems to have its own unique delineation of where the culture and the religious identity coincide and divide.

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