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#ReadInterfaith ✨ Day 3 Today’s theme is “See Yourself”✨ ⠀ 💬 ”But Jews are different. If I were converting to Catholici…

#ReadInterfaith ✨ Day 3
Today’s theme is “See Yourself”✨

💬 ”But Jews are different. If I were converting to Catholicism or Buddhism, I would not be afraid to tell anyone. But an otherness clings to Jews like barnacles. My wife fears that I am becoming unfamiliar to her. I tell her that I am only becoming wholly myself. I know what the problem is, though. The word “convert” makes it sound as if I am dollars about to be turned into francs. That is not so. I am merely receiving who I have always been.”

Here is your #blackjewishbookchallenge pick continued:

📚 Lovesong
by Julius Lester

📚 Bookish Thoughts 💭
Thought Provoking • Identity Affirming • Conversation Starter Abridged Synopsis (via @Goodreads): One man’s uncompromising venture through religion and how he found his true faith in spite of it all.

Julius Lester was born the son of a black Methodist minister in the south. His book Lovesong is a beautifully written account of his spiritual journey away from the conventions of his Southern heritage and Methodist upbringing, culminating in his personal self-discovery through a conversion to Judaism.

❤️ I made so many highlights and notes on this ebook, I am itching to buy a physical copy to continue the annotation party. I really connected with the passages on family, identity, and the conflicts and joint struggles between the Black and Jewish communities. I also related with the internal battle of finding yourself after growing up in the Bible Belt. While the title told me this book would address a spiritual journey, it did not convey that this book would call out racism within the white Jewish community and anti-Semitism in the Black community before, during, and after the Civil Rights movement. The author was very controversial even while he struggled with identity, the world, and his place within. This not only made him human, but very relatable.
💔 There are a few parts that read as contradictions of previous chapters and while I understand that the author is attempting to illustrate growth in his ideology, I didn’t feel they were expressed as thoroughly.

✨ Recommendations: Everyone #readoutsideyourbubble 💋 xoxo,
Kat
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