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Shanda: The Making and Breaking of a Self-Loathing Jew
by Neal Karlen
Early in his memoir, Neal Karlen tells a rabbi, "I love Judaism. It's Jews I can't stand."What he means is that he hates the parochialism and material trappings of the young Jews he knows: Their new temples are gilded and the parking lots spill over with luxury cars. Religion for them is a quest for a Jewish wife from "the right" family and a big house and splendid clothes ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Touchstone Books
(first published 2004)
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Warm, heartfelt, well-written memoir by one of the Twin Cities' better writers about his journey back to Judaism--and himself. It's broad comedy in some places and could offend the overly sensitive or pious, but stick with it. Recommend it.