Am I a Jew? by Theodore Ross
Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man's Search for Himself

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“I was nine years old when my mother forced me to convert to Christianity….”

When Theodore Ross moved from New York City to small-town Mississippi, his mother insisted that the family pretend to not be Jewish. He was sent to an Episcopal school, where he studied the Bible, sang in the choir, and even took communion. As an adult, he abandoned the religious charade, but wondered: Am I a Jew? In search of an answer, Ross immersed himself within communities on the fringes of Jewish identity—“Crypto-Jews,” “Lost Tribes,” the ultra-Orthodox, and more. Filled with humor, curiosity, and sincerity, Am I a Jew? explores America’s riotous religious diversity, and one man’s quest to stake a claim within it.


About Theodore Ross

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THEODORE ROSS is the articles editor of Men's Journal. Cofounder of the parenting blog DadWagon, Ross's essays, features, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Saveur, Tin House, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family.
Published August 30, 2012 by Plume. 283 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Ross’ voice is both questioning and questing, the passion tamped but alight, and a few communities were seemingly amenable to his way in the world: Reboot, “the Jewish illuminati,” were obvious candidates, but the author wondered about their distinctive efficacy regarding identity, and a Classica...

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Ross visits “Sukkah City,” which draws 100,000 to New York’s Union Square for an architectural design contest for a ritual “booth.” Ross joins a frenzied all-male circle of dancers at an ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn wedding and visits a Reform temple in Kansas City, Mo., that’s ousting its...

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