Keith Kahn Harris

professionally curious, communally engaged

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What does being Jewish mean to me?

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The Jewish Community Centre London and the Jewish Chronicle are running a project called What Does Being Jewish Mean To You? It asks for 100 word submissions (or photos, sounds or videos) that will collectively form a time capsule of contemporary British Jewish identity. Here’s my submission:

An itch that must be scratched, the grit in the oyster, a constant feeling that something should be somehow different…describing what being Jewish feels like to me is to search through metaphors and never be entirely satisfied with any of them. And that is entirely appropriate, as for me being Jewish is  to never be entirely satisfied, to always be pushing  on towards an endlessly deferred goal. Theologically and sociologically, Jews like me always fall short. Our constant failure is our greatest success, the source of our limitless yearning and wandering. I love my inadequate Jewishness.

 

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