Sunday, January 17, 2010

Obviously, You Were Not Born Jewish!

This past Shabbat, I was at this pretty progressive shul in Baltimore, I say progressive because I want you to understand that what I experienced is typical of my experiences in synagogues and also typical of the experience of other Jews of color. Anyway, the service was really cool and we had this awesome discussion on King and Heschel. During the oneg, after the service, this woman comes up to me, let's just call her S. and the discussion went something like.
S: "Hi my name is S." I replied with same. "...are ya Jewish"
Me: "I'm wearing a Kippah (pause breath)...Yes I'm Jewish"
S: "Well obviously you weren't born Jewish!"
Me: "Why do you say that."
S: "Well... Because you're black!"
Me: "Well at least you're honest."
What was so surprising about this exchange was not that she asked me, was I Jewish or that she assumed I wasn't born Jewish, it's the fact that she was actually; to quote Mixedjewgirl an honest bigot. Does that mean she should get applause? No of course not, but usually when faced with these questions and I ask back, I get every conceivable tap dance that one can imagine.
I did use the opportunity as a teaching moment and quickly educated S. on the diversity of the Jewish community and the sheer numbers of Jews of color in the United States

4 comments:

OrthoEbonyJewess said...

I applaud you for using it as a teaching moment. I'm an African American Orthodox Jew. It is very offensive when people assume we converted. I did convert; however, my children did not. I wish people would just face the fact that their is much diversity in the Jewish community.

Fortunately, I converted Orthodox. Had I converted through the Reform or Conservative movements, I would be extremely unhappy dealing with these issues and individuals who would not consider me Jewish. I can deal with these issues better because I know that I AM Jewish regardless of what is said to me.

直到遠遠 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

Nancy said...

Your post is really nice. We seldom forget that bigotry has nothing to do with religion.

Keep writing.

This is Nancy from Israeli Uncensored News

motemota said...

»------------1.» 2013 New Sex Collections
»------------2.» Big Sex Collections
»------------3.» Small Sex Videos
»------------4.» 2014 New Sex Collections
»------------5.» Mega Sex Collections
»------------6.» Tamil Sex Videos
»------------7.» A to Z Sex Videos
»------------8.» Indian Sex Videos
»------------9.» World New Collection
»------------10.» Hollywood Celebrity Sex
»------------11.» Mama Papa Sex Videos
»------------12.» Actress Sex Videos
SUPER HIT SEX HD SEX VIDEO ADULT LIST
»------------13.» 3Gp Mms Sex Videos
»------------14.» AVI Mms Sex Video
»------------15.» Animal Sex Videos
»------------16.» Foreign Sex Videos
»------------17.» Old Sex Videos
»------------20.» Aunty Sex Videos
»------------21.» Big Boobs Sex
»------------22.» Blonde Girls Sex
»------------23.» Cartoon Sex Videos
»------------24.» Incest Sex Videos
»------------25.» Public Sex Videos


@=>Indian Bangla Hot Desi 3x Sex Xxx 3gp mp4 HD Video Free <=@

»1. Porn Teen Videos - Sex Tube, Young XXX Movies, Teenage

»2. XNXX.COM: Free Porn, Sex, Tube Videos, XXX Pics, Pussy

»3. Indian Video Songs - Android Apps on Google Play

»4. Desi Sex Video's ARABIAN HOT SEXY GIRL HAVING SEX

»5. Free Sex Videos,Mobile Sex 3gp mp4 XXX Videos Movies

»6. Hot Pakistani Girl Zainab Ali Leaked Sex Video www.asian

@=>Xnxx Video Download - Free Mp3 Download - Downloads<=@

»7. Amateur Girls Sex Videos - Teen & Milf Wife Cum Shots

»8. Free Asian Porn Movies - hot asian sex, sexy asian girls

»9. School Girl Sex With Teacher Bathroom MMS-Indian Girls

»10. Indian Teen schoolgirl homemade sex scandal - XVIDEOS ...

»11. Girl2Sex Full Indian Girls Sex Videos Free Downloads :: Full

»12. Sunny Leone Hot Videos, Sunny Leone Sex Videos ,Sunny

»13. Sexy Sunny Leone - Free Porn Videos - YouPorn xnxx video,porn

»7. Amateur Girls Sex Videos - Teen & Milf Wife Cum Shots