Jewish Identity

-A conference wrestles with the question of whether there is an identity of the Southern Jew, and if so, “is that a geographic or a cultural distinction�? (The Atlanta Jewish Times)

-The play “The God of Vengeance� by Yiddish writer Sholom Asch, “sparked charges of anti-Semitism from the Jewish community,� got the producer and lead actor convicted on obscenity charges, and transgressed “perceptions of normative Jewish identity� in part by depicting a Jewish family that lives off prostitution. (The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide)

-Rabbi David Wolpe gives his take on the confusions surrounding the question: What makes for a Jewish writer? (Jewish Journal)

-Whether a veteran chooses to be buried in a Jewish cemetery or a military (and thus, usually, non-Halakhic) cemetery can say quite a bit about the person’s Jewish identity — which is the more important experience, being a vet or being a Jew? (Washington Jewish Week)

-A look at children with both Jewish and Chinese identities, adopted from China. (Cleveland Jewish News)

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