Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots

  • Title: Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots
  • Author: Barbara Kessel
  • ISBN: 9781584650386
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Suddenly Jewish Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots One woman learned on the eve of her Roman Catholic wedding One man as he was studying for the priesthood Madeleine Albright famously learned from the Washington Post when she was named Secretary of St
    One woman learned on the eve of her Roman Catholic wedding One man as he was studying for the priesthood Madeleine Albright famously learned from the Washington Post when she was named Secretary of State What is it like to find out you are not who you thought you were asks Barbara Kessel in this compelling volume, based on interviews with over 160 people who were raiOne woman learned on the eve of her Roman Catholic wedding One man as he was studying for the priesthood Madeleine Albright famously learned from the Washington Post when she was named Secretary of State What is it like to find out you are not who you thought you were asks Barbara Kessel in this compelling volume, based on interviews with over 160 people who were raised as non Jews only to learn at some point in their lives that they are of Jewish descent With humor, candor, and deep emotion, Kessel s subjects discuss the emotional upheaval of refashioning their self image and, for many, coming to terms with deliberate deception on the part of parents and family Responses to the discovery of a Jewish heritage ranged from outright rejection to wholehearted embrace For many, Kessel reports, the discovery of Jewish roots confirmed long held suspicions or even, mysteriously, conformed to a long felt attraction toward Judaism For some crypto Jews in the southwest United States descendants of Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition , the only clues to their heritage are certain practices and traditions handed down through the generations, whose significance may be long since lost In Poland and other parts of eastern Europe, many Jews who were adopted as infants to save them from the Holocaust are now learning of their heritage through the deathbed confessions of their adoptive parents The varied responses of these disparate people to a similar experience, presented in their own words, offer compelling insights into the nature of self knowledge Whether they had always suspected or were taken by surprise, Kessel s respondents report that confirmation of their Jewishheritage affected their sense of self and of their place in the world in profound ways Fascinating, poignant, and often very funny, Suddenly Jewish speaks to crucial issues of identity, selfhood, and spiritual community.

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    1. Over the space of 15 months, Barbara Kessel interviewed the men and women who responded to her advertisement seeking people who had been raised non-Jews but who had discovered Jewish roots. She posted her notices in the New York Times Book Review, on adoption websites, genealogy sites, and the like. Kessel wanted to find out what happens to your sense of self when it turns out your family is not who you thought they were.When I first spotted this title at Powells City of Books, I felt immediatel [...]

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    2. שנה טובה 5777!

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    3. Barbara Kessel's Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover the Their Jewish Roots is a fascinating account of people who responded to Kessel's ads asking, "For a book on identity, I would like to interview individuals raised as non-Jews who discovered they are of Jewish descent." Over 160 respondents contributed to the outcome of this volume, which, in spite of its small stature on the shelf, is intensely gripping, thought provoking, and eye opening. At only 127 pages, I thought it would [...]

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    4. This book presents the experiences of a wide variety of people who discover their Jewishness after being raised as non-jews. It covers crypto-jews descended from spanish and portuguese survivors of the inquisition, all forms of disconnect that are related to the Holocaust, adptees, and a variety of other situations in which familial jewish history is forgotten or repressed. I found the discussion of the cognition of jewish identity among people raised as christians to be most interesting and rel [...]

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    5. Suddenly Jewish explores the lives of a variety of families for various reasons who have buried their Jewishness, only to have it resurface later through their descendants. Some felt as though a missing link had been given to them when they realized they had Jewish relatives. Others were conflicted. Kessel shared stories from Crypto Jews, those descended from the Spanish inquisition, Holocast survivers who had to hide their Jewish background or were hidden by their parents and even adoptees.This [...]

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    6. This was pretty much exactly what it touted itself to be. Very interesting!! Mostly summaries of interviews the author conducted.

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    7. Excellent book. My only wish is that it included people like myself who were "hidden" Jews from centuries ago. But still - wonderful read.

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    8. Suddenly JewishMadeline Albright brought this issue into focus when she announced and figured out that she was not really the Cheistian she was raised to be but rather someone with Jewish roots. Many a so called Gentiles have grown up in the non Jewish world have an unexplainable pull towards things that are Jewish. Thes people ,aye drawn to Judaism, have Jewish friend or just plain be drawn to Jewish environments. The discovery that they have Jewish blood coursing through their vein can say me [...]

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