Quotidian Antisemitisms

When people say CHallah bread…

At my WASPY elementary school, I accidentally bumped into my academic nemesis as we lined up at the door. He turned around, looked me in the eyes and said ‘Jews have the knack of getting on my nerves.’ We were in 3rd grade. I wonder how he learned a phrase like that…This Chanukah House decorating kit which my friend saw at the grocery store, 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, amongst the undiscerning ‘holiday’ kitsch…

The giant White House menorah pretending it can compete with the glorious National Christmas Tree…

In college, people would ask my roommate and me if we were sisters. All the time. We look nothing alike. But we do look Jewish. Our noses, by the way, are big in entirely different ways…

When I was little we lived next door to a lovely elderly Filipino couple. One day while we were out for a walk, the old lady said to my mother ‘Oh, you Jew because you have big nose.

Published by imworriedmytherapisthatesme

I'm a history-PhD-turned-stay-at-home-mom of three. When I'm not microwaving Trader Joe's meals for my kids, breaking up fights and wiping butts, I like to paint and write. To cope with the endless hours I'm spending with my son doing virtual school, I've abandoned my gouache paints for the more portable, less messy tried but true, paper and ink. While he learns to read to 20 floating heads on his screen, I sit on a tiny chair, at a tiny table pretending to be a productive adult.

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