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Being Jewish
by Joy Leftow

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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The plague of my life has always been
Im not Jewish enough to be Jewish
Although over the years Ive had several
Jewish girl friends, I can count them on one hand

No Jewish man has ever wanted me except
for some really despicable Jewish male perverts
and Ive never figured out the reason
why Ive always been an outcast among my
own people, and then, even my therapist told me

Its all because you dont know the diifference
between a schlemiel and a schlimazel.
I said to my therapist, Andy, dont be a schlemiel,
a schlemiel is a jerk and schlimazel means
an inept jerk whos persistently luckless.

No, he said, youre wrong and even Ellen knows
the difference, Oh comon I said, what is there to know,
youre making this up to tease me, Oh no Im not, he said,
a schlemiel is someone who is Jewish who doesnt know
how to tie his tie properly and the other is what you said.

I do wonder what Andys going on about
My mother was Jewish orthodox and
my father was Russian Jew and how
much more Jewish can you get than that?
The point is, ... Im still not Jewish enough ...

Then he said Even a Jewish atheist would know--
but the gist of it is, that you dont know enough
about the culture to be with a Jewish man
who gets pleasure from being around other Jews
who can understand the language they speak.

What can I do?
Being an outcast
is difficult at best!

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Reviewed by Safi Abdi 3/4/2008
A pleasure to read...perhaps if you managed to kill a few palestinians your jewishness migh've had a better ring to it:)
Reviewed by Betty Torain 4/13/2006
Hi Joy, I have not heard from you for a while. Glad I found you today.
I like this article. I am a Christian and I embrace the Jewish people.
My undergraduate Thesis was What It mean To Be A Jew.
Jesus was a Jew, I know a lot about the Jewish Religion.

Thanks for sharing, Betty Torain

Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 8/27/2005
What about hossenfeffer incorporated?
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez 8/19/2005

I am a Devout Christian and I love Jesus .
I feel Christ alive in me ....and I have many Jewish Friends
that are precious to me and with whom I relate to better
than others I know who are Christians.....Who Really knows.
What is right for that person ....the lord , ( only one )
makes it right for them.
thanks for sharing a unique piece of much interest.
Rich Criso Suarez
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