Fighting Facebook’s Armchair Rabbis

My daughter is black and Jewish. Will she have to defend her identity online?

Discussing What It Means to Be Jewish

Tablet staffers sound off about Judaism and identity on WNPR

A Study in Intermarriage

Asian-Jewish unions are producing some of the proudest Jews around

Do Bar Mitzvahs Happen on Every Birthright Trip?

Our tour educator explains why he performs bar mitzvahs during the 10-day experience.

End of the Line

A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging

Layman’s Terms

A non-Jew who loves Philip Roth, making challah, and visiting High Holiday services wants to be a Jew, minus the religion

‘Us’ and ‘Them’

At a preschool Hanukkah celebration—held in a nice liberal church—an atheistic Jew wonders where he fits in, and what to tell his daughter

Parlor Games

In his novel The Vices, Lawrence Douglas spins a Nabokovian web of intrigue and self-deception that hints at the way Jewish identity is constructed and performed

Strange Bedfellows

Talking about lizards at a writers’ conference in Bali

Mistaken Identity

My mother pretended we weren’t Jewish when we moved to the South—but couldn’t resist kvelling over my book about it

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