The Oddities of a Bar Mitzvah

It’s the Jewish rite of passage that is thousands of years old. It’s the entrance into adulthood. It’s the time when, biblically speaking, when a boy would rise up and (figuratively) say, “I am man! Hear me roar!” And thousands of years ago, when life expectancy probably was around 40 years old, that made aContinue reading “The Oddities of a Bar Mitzvah”

When I was 14, my parents asked if I was gay. This is the story of what happened.

I was brought up in a Jewish household, and my grandmother was the youth director for the regional reform Jewish youth group. If it wasn’t explicitly stated that I would participate in the regional youth group when I became of age, which was 8th grade, I felt compelled. Besides, my grandmother was a youth director…thatContinue reading “When I was 14, my parents asked if I was gay. This is the story of what happened.”

Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia

As I wrote previously, 50% of my DNA is “European Jewish.” It wasn’t surprising, considering my mother’s side of my ancestry was entirely Jewish… I knew my great-grandmother, Esther Feinglass, whom we called Gram, for the first 18 years of my life. She died in July 2002, shortly before I went to college. As theContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia”