We are going green and encourage bulletin distribution through email.
It is quite unsettling and very degrading to be essentialized as such.
It is quite caddish, I shall remind those who are prone to say such things, to tell someone that they “look so classically Jewish, bent over like that over the stove” – and it is definitely very unsettling to hear that.
I have been propositioned with the salutation “Hey there Mr.
Firstly, as other writers have also noted, it contributes to the idea of Jewishness as a “problematic” other.
If we are always “exotic,” we are never “normal”; if we are “exotic,” we are always there to be “normalized.” “Conquered.” “Liberated.” Secondly, we never get to really own our Judaism for ourselves in this context.