Social Issues

When to end a friendship over politics

Would your family have hidden mine from the Nazis? I kid you not, I asked this question of my friends when I was a child. It was the ultimate gauge to see if they were truly good people (thankfully, they all said yes, they would have hidden me, but many of them didn't even know… Continue reading When to end a friendship over politics

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Miscellaneous, Social Issues, Theology

The battle for self-acceptance: hair and faith edition

I’ve written before about how my curly hair is an outward marker of my Jewish identity (ethnically speaking). I want to revisit that subject today, because it took me over 25 years to find the right haircut. 25+ years of having stylists consult other stylists in front of me because they had no idea how… Continue reading The battle for self-acceptance: hair and faith edition

Theology

I’m not a “real” anything

The fear is mostly internal, but it’s been authorized before: “You’re not a real Christian.” I’ve heard it out loud in Bible studies; I’ve received it in my mentions on Twitter, and in comments on this blog. Conversely, I also heard this a few times in my life: “You’re not really Jewish.” I heard that… Continue reading I’m not a “real” anything