It's as if I'm being outed as an imposter, nothing more than a goy trying to pass with a Jewish last name and a Star of David around her neck. Even so, I don't doubt my decision for a minute, and I would be honored to have those same three rabbis as my witnesses if I were to do it all over again.
American support for Israel is, has been and ought to be bipartisan. There were very good American reasons for it in the past and there are very good American reasons for it in the future. They are not found in election-time pandering.
At the General Assembly we watched Christian clergy and laypeople engaging in dialogue on a very difficult topic -- the Israeli occupation of the West Bank -- with respect, grace and open hearts. It is a true blessing to walk the path of peace with you in solidarity.
The leaders of the American Jewish community should begin collaborating on such a partnership agreement. Only if we are on the same page on the matter of Jewish status will we be able to seek harmony among the disparate denominations of liberal Judaism.
Pamela Geller, an outspoken critic of Islam who spins wild hateful conspiracy theories about Muslims, as well as President Obama, had a speaking event cancelled in Los Angeles over the weekend following condemnation by a number of local advocacy groups.
Contrary to Peter Beinart's thesis in The Crisis of Zionism, American Jews need not -- and most have not -- checked their liberalism at the door in order to maintain unwavering support for the Jewish State.
For us Latinos, the organized Jewish community has been an important ally in the quest for an immigration reform. And for us Jews, the alliance with the Latino community and support of its advancement keeps us in the right side of history.
Nasally voices, anxiety and austerity are not representative of the Jewish community at large. It's not so much that these stereotypes make Jews look meek and cheap; nobody I know even sounds like that.
In the United States of America, do we enjoy the right to free speech? Notwithstanding whether Ozzie Guillen was unwise or tactless to open his trap in the first place, this has gone well beyond both the state line and the foul lines.
As "strangers in the land of Egypt" Jews know well the pitfalls posed in opening the door of this legislation. It is thus our duty to fight for the preservation of its purist principles as we have done for so many of history's most just causes.
I overheard a florist comment that he'd sold more Christmas trees this year to Jewish families than non-Jewish families, and it got me thinking that the state of play for Team-Jewish is at a critical point of the game.
It became very clear, very early on, that my friends had a way better gig going, holiday-wise, than the Zevin boys did. But now that I've evolved into a mature adult, I am pleased to report that December is no longer the cruelest month.
However, as a political force Christian Zionism's power is facilitated by Israel and by American Jewry itself; on its own, it cannot survive. It needs Jewish Zionism, because without it, Christian Zionism can't make a sufficiently strong political case.
Last week, when the Berkeley Jewish Student Union voted to bar J Street's student organization from membership, the message it sent was regrettably clear: The choice is up to you -- you can be welcomed as a Jew, or you can speak your mind on Israel.