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Am I a Jew?: Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man's Search for Himself (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. August 2012

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 “Theodore Ross, who may or may not be Jewish, is excellent company on the page. Whether he’s discovering secret Jews in New Mexico, attempting to discern the brighter side of Orthodox Judaism, or interrogating his family members about their own religious foibles and dodges, Am I a Jew? is always moving, heartfelt, funny, and alive. This is a terrific—and terrifically odd—memoir.”
—TOM BISSELL, author of Extra Lives and Magic Hours

"Am I a Jew
is a brilliant American odyssey, one that is both inside and outside of traditions both national and religious; it's also often very funny, and always very empathic; Ross has written a genuinely great book."
—RIVKA GALCHEN, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

"[This] intelligent and altogether entertaining account of searching out the roots of identity will be of interest not only to those who've asked, 'Am I a Jew?' but also to anyone who's ever wondered, 'What am I, anyway?' One finishes this book thankful for a fuller understanding of the diverse strains within the Jewish tradition and not a little awed by the writer's compelling mix of skepticism, candor, and love."
—GARRET KEIZER, author of Privacy and The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want

"An elegant guide for the perplexed inhabitants of our increasingly disorienting world, Am I a Jew? is a profound meditation on the nature of modern identity."
—ROGER HODGE, author of The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism

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THEODORE ROSS is the articles editor of Men's Journal. Cofounder of the parenting blog DadWagon, Ross's essays, features, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Saveur, Tin House, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.

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What Kind of a Question is This? 18. Dezember 2012
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
My parents were first generation Jewish Americans. That is, all of my grandparents came to this country from Russia in the mass migration of the early 20th century. By the time I came along, most of my grandparents had passed away and so too much of the connection to Judaism. I never doubted being Jewish but the lack of observance of rituals, knowledge of the religion or information about my ancestry left me with a sense of alienation. So, I thought I would feel Ross' pain. I also thought I would feel the conflict he might have about wanting back into the club. Ross' approach to the question of what it means to be Jewish is an interesting one. He meets with Jews of vastly different hues. There are the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, competitive Sukkah builders of New York, Orthodox families from New York, Classical Reform of Kansas City and the Ethiopian Jews of Israel. One might think that at least a half serious form of "the question" would entail some analysis of what do these people have in common. However, there is no such serious vein in Ross' book. His observations of these groups seems less fueled by a longing to know if he was a Jew as much from a lingering disdain for the people who seem to have found their own answer to the question. There's a voyeuristic, pain free quality to Ross' journey of self discovery. It was an interesting and mostly fun read. It could have been so much more.
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Am I a jerk would be a better title 16. Oktober 2013
Von Judith M. Konikoff - Veröffentlicht auf
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This author's intention seems to have skirted the issue of finding his Jewish past. It is an embarassing diatribe and not worthy of a even a one star rating. He seems to derive a sinister and creepy pleasure of making fun of people.
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Distasteful at Best! 29. Juli 2013
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I originally thought that this book would be about his growing up in the South as a Jew who had to hide his Jewish identity and his mother's manic obsession of being seen as a Jew. While there is some of this the majority of the book is how Jews who seek any spirituality are frauds or dirty or primitive or exploited or exploiters or vulgar. This is not a pleasant book. In fact as I read his observations when he interviewed various people, I kept thinking how the Nazi editor Julius Streicher would be nodding in agreement with Ross's "observations" of Jews. Particularly ugly was his description of the Reform rabbi in Kansas City. To summarize if you want to read about how terrible Jews are this is the book for you.
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Disrespectful and muddled 12. November 2013
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By the middle of the book, when he got to Kansas City, I was confused about his point (Ross just writes a series of often cruel vignettes, with no attempt at contextualising them) & embarrassed, both for the author and his subjects. And then we got to KC. Things which were surely said in confidence, things which could be hurtful in print, are all spelled out. It was ... unpleasant and not illuminating reading. The author might find some learning on lashon hara helpful.
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Am I A Jew? by Theodore Ross 28. November 2012
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I am glad this book was a Kindle purchase as it is easy to rid myself of it. (I don't burn Jewish books.) But, back to Ross and his search for himself. How he felt what he wrote would help him is beyond me. Trashing several people was disrespectful. Why? There appears to be a hidden agenda?
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