THE TRUTH ABOUT MY JEWISHNESS
I have long considered my Jewishness to be a central part of my identity. Unfortunately, I am not actually Jewish. A girl can dream.
- •When I was in pre-school, all the other kids made Christmas ornaments. I made menorahs out of playdoh, which I brought home and presented with great pride to my (bewildered, atheist) parents.I even made them light candles with me for Hannukah.
- •Inspired by Ramona Quimby, who named her doll Chevrolet, I christened my first doll "Shabat."Not only a beautiful word, but felt appropriate: Shabat The Doll was Jewish, too.
- •When we were invited to attend a friend's Seder, I tried to memorize all the traditions.After all, my family might be "reform" but I could some day practice with my own kids!
- •When we were invited to a friend's bar mitzvah, I learned the prayers.They could come in handy!
- •Somehow, I thought that I was Jewish, but maybe @zoe was less Jewish?She was blonde at the time. What can I say, I was racist.
- •When my parents told me, at 8 years old, that I was NOT, in fact, Jewish at all... I was devastated.But isn't Dad Jewish? Not even a little bit? I mean I know we're not RELIGIOUS, but...
- •I still take a somewhat creepy pride in the fact that people often assume I am Jewish.Sometimes, I don't tell them the truth. It feels good to be part of the tribe.