God knew, but my parents didn’t, and that drove them crazy. Besides, the whole date-within-your-kind thing made me feel like I was a purebred dog.David and Tina’s high school romance lasted almost all of senior year before Tina decided to move on. Losing Tina messed him up so badly, he had to go to Israel to live on a kibbutz for six months. Was my only purpose in life to mate with a Jewish girl so that I might sire pureblood Jewish children?I stopped joking about my wife's toes when I found out that the word "shiksa" is a Yiddish term of disgust derived from the biblical Hebrew word shakaytz, meaning "to abominate an unclean thing." The female form is infinitely more common than its masculine form, "shaygets," but this lopsidedness only adds to this unpleasant reminder of sexism.Christine Benvenuto, a journalist living in Amherst, Mass., claims that the term is still in full, vitriolic use.When I started dating my first Jewish boyfriend, though, my mother referred to the pair of us as OTB and NTB--Old Testament Baby and New Testament Baby. Although this witticism embarrassed me to the point of tantrum, I realize now that it reflected what my mother thought of that Jewish boyfriend and those that followed.For her, their religious heritage was in line with the foundation of Christianity, the path that led up to her Protestantism.Reprinted from the May 2006 issue of New Voices with permission. We are WASP-y succubi sent to steal Jewish sons from their birthright. But this gentile jezebel would like to tell her side of the story.
Besides, I had known every Jewish girl within dating age since birth. I attended the same nursery school, Hebrew school, and Sunday School as every other Jewish kid my age. Her parents knew she was dating a Jewish boy and though they weren’t happy about it and preferred she didn’t bring me over to meet them, they didn’t tell her she was going to hell or suggest she try to save me. We didn’t live in the same part of town, so we met once a week at Eastgate Mall. The first time I met her, I thought to myself, that girl looks like an Afghan Hound, but in a good way.
Although we refer to ourselves as G-d's chosen people, we do not believe that G-d chose the Jews because of any inherent superiority.
According to the Talmud (Avodah Zarah 2b), G-d offered the Torah to all the nations of the earth, and the Jews were the only ones who accepted it.
My experiences at Jewish services and rituals were similarly inclusive.
At Passover seders I was always the most energetic singer of Chad Gadya, and when I was invited to Shabbat dinners, the prayer leader would repeat parts in English for my benefit.
For millennia, Jewish men and women have treated gentile women like the half-bird, half-women Sirens of Greek mythology: beautiful, seductive creatures that have the power to draw the ship of community onto the rocks of assimilation.