Bring Proof, All Ye Who Enter Here

For those of who love searching for the afikomen like a little kid or eating latkes drenched in applesauce, even if it means struggling through the four questions every other year, rest assured that you may continue to enjoy these things even if the State of Israel doesn’t think you’re really Jewish.

If you want to get married, on the other hand, you may have some issues. The New York Times Magazine has published a fascinating article on just how difficult it can be to prove you’re a Jew. As the article astutely notes, there was a time when it was pretty damn safe to assume that no one would illegitimately claim to be Jewish – there just wasn’t anything to be gained. I guess that’s no longer true.

Does this make sense? Well, to me at least, it seems like there are few enough of us as it is – no real need to be exclusive. On the other hand, clubs that everyone can join are intrinsically less fun… (ahh for the days of “NO GiRLZ”).

18 thoughts on “Bring Proof, All Ye Who Enter Here

  1. Anonymous

    So it’s OK to post articles about sentimental moms who miss their sons, but the literary merit of issues in Israel is entirely different? I think articles in Wesleyan are posted for their own sake as well as for how applicable they are to Wesleyan kids. If you don’t find the article interesting, skip it and study for your midterms.

  2. Anonymous

    So it’s OK to post articles about sentimental moms who miss their sons, but the literary merit of issues in Israel is entirely different? I think articles in Wesleyan are posted for their own sake as well as for how applicable they are to Wesleyan kids. If you don’t find the article interesting, skip it and study for your midterms.

  3. Anonymous

    wesleying only really posts stuff about students of color or queers or other ostensibly marginalized groups when it relates to events or other stuff open to everybody, not highly subjective identity issues that apply to a selective group. post about events at the bayit or whatever, but having this on wesleying is weird.

  4. Anonymous

    wesleying only really posts stuff about students of color or queers or other ostensibly marginalized groups when it relates to events or other stuff open to everybody, not highly subjective identity issues that apply to a selective group. post about events at the bayit or whatever, but having this on wesleying is weird.

  5. Anonymous

    how often do we see student-of-color or queer stuff discussed here? what’s wrong with having something for jewish kids?

  6. Anonymous

    how often do we see student-of-color or queer stuff discussed here? what’s wrong with having something for jewish kids?

  7. Anonymous

    I agree that it’s interesting, but posting it here is pretty exclusive to jews and probably awkward for non-jews to read about how to prove their jewishishness… when they’re not jews. I’m as much for diversity as any generic wesleyan student, but seeing this here is weird

  8. Anonymous

    I agree that it’s interesting, but posting it here is pretty exclusive to jews and probably awkward for non-jews to read about how to prove their jewishishness… when they’re not jews. I’m as much for diversity as any generic wesleyan student, but seeing this here is weird

  9. Anonymous

    i read the whole thing as well, before seeing this; it’s very interesting and relevant to many of us in that “1/3” who may have future plans in israel.

  10. Anonymous

    i read the whole thing as well, before seeing this; it’s very interesting and relevant to many of us in that “1/3” who may have future plans in israel.

  11. Anonymous

    This doesn’t seem very wesleying-worthy. I don’t see what it has to do with anything but the statement “I read the Times magazine yesterday.” I’m confused as to what it’s doing here.

  12. Anonymous

    This doesn’t seem very wesleying-worthy. I don’t see what it has to do with anything but the statement “I read the Times magazine yesterday.”

    I’m confused as to what it’s doing here.

  13. Anonymous

    “few enough”? a third of wesleyan is some kind of jew. this is an interesting article but kind of irrelevant to wesleying.

  14. Anonymous

    “few enough”? a third of wesleyan is some kind of jew. this is an interesting article but kind of irrelevant to wesleying.

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