Thoughts on reparations for Jews in the Netherlands from the next generation… Imagine finding out you are Jewish as you are being abducted from your home to be sent to a death camp? That was the story for many Dutch Jews who didn’t have any connection to Jewishness beyond what was coded on a punch […]
What are the characteristics of being Jewish? This was a theme of our fourth chevrutah session for the Jewish Manifesto. It’s not such an easy question. What’s a stereotype and what’s an observation? Is there a way to look Jewish? Act Jewish? Be Jewish? Do I look Jewish? What does Jewish really look like? Does […]
I grew up learning about the Shoa in the most unfiltered manner, from a survivor who was still in his early 40s processing his experiences out loud in front of me and other children. We didn’t know what we were hearing, and, looking back, I’m not sure he knew who his audience was. We were […]
The Story of Becoming Us In a Jewish creation myth, the Ein Sof (without end) must contract from the universe in order to make space for creation. It’s only by contracting a bit of Itself that we, in all of our glorious messiness and webs of connection exist. Flora, fauna, amoeba and quarks, Dam Square […]
“I’m always very aware of being the only Jew in the room. You will notice depending on the conversation going on in the room.”
Reading the essay On (Not) Reading Anne Frank gave participants space to discuss their own experiences with their Jewish identity, and the anti-Semitism they may have faced in the Netherlands.
The Question: How Do We Find Meaning in Tisha B’Av?
For our first ever chevrutah session, we discussed the essay On (Not) Reading Anne Frank. It was a good place to start, especially since Het Joods Manifest (The Jewish Manifesto) is situated here in the Netherlands. It gave participants permission to discuss their own experiences encountering The Diary of Anne Frank, their own Jewish identity, […]