Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/16/2009
is half-jewish a religion?
God, I love Jezebel. Last week, they addressed the hub of my own internal religious debates, by asking what being a “half jew” means.
As a technical “half jew” myself — probably more complicated than half, my Dad was raised Jewish, my Mom was half and half, and raised nothing–I’ve always struggled a little with how to qualify my religious identity. My parents tried to qualify it for me — upon the joyous occasion of my birth (I can’t speak about their feelings of my bother’s birth…I assume they were more than neutral) my parents made the choice. They decided that Judaism was the way to go.
We joined a temple! They unwillingly sent me to Hebrew School! I swore to them they’d rue the day, and I will …