To “Jew” or to “Un-Jew” oneself?

Saul Bellow, until his recent death a member of the BU faculty, is prominently featured in the current edition of the NYRB, where he raises the possibility of “un-Jewing” oneself. He immediately dismisses this as not a particularly decent thing to do. The questions he raises are very much the questions we will be considering with the help of Sarah and Susan Silverman: what does it mean to think of oneself as a Jew without necessarily subscribing to notions already scripted by tradition?


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