Jewish Identity Quotes

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Cassandra Clare
“Are you going to wolf out and eat me now?"
"Certainly not, you'd be stringy and hard to digest."
"But kosher."
"I'll be sure to point any Jewish lycanthropes in your direction.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Anne Frank
“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God that has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again. If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example. Who knows, it might even be our religion from which the world and all peoples learn good, and for that reason and that reason alone do we have to suffer now. We can never become just Netherlanders, or just English, or representatives of any country for that matter; we will always remain Jews, but we want to, too.”
Anne Frank

Norman Mailer
“When the time comes, they won't ask what kind of a Jew you are.”
Norman Mailer

Jean Améry
“[F]or me, being a Jew means feeling the tragedy of yesterday as an inner oppression. On my left forearm I bear the Auschwitz number; it reads more briefly than the Pentateuch or the Talmud and yet provides more thorough information. It is also more binding than basic formulas of Jewish existence. If to myself and the world, including the religious and nationally minded Jews, who do not regard me as one of their own, I say: I am a Jew, then I mean by that those realities and possibilities that are summed up in the Auschwitz number.”
Jean Amery, At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities

“If God never gave me one more thing in my life, then you, right now, would be enough. You are my Dayeinu”
S. Khubiar, The Eagle and the Child: The Child

Chaim Potok
“Did I know that the reason Hitler had been able to slaughter six million Jews without too much complaint from the world was that for two thousand years the world had been taught that Jews, not Romans, had killed that man?”
Chaim Potok, My Name Is Asher Lev

Glenn Haybittle
“Oskar pushes away the blanket. Lies looking down at his naked body. His naked body that will give the lie to any false identity papers he manages to procure. Has anyone, he wonders, ever explained to me the significance of circumcision? Why I have had to sacrifice to God a piece of my sexual organ.”
Glenn Haybittle, The Way Back to Florence

Stacy Schiff
“She did not believe Fate as painstaking as her husband; she was more inclined to take matters into her own hands. She had ample reason for doing so. For a Jew in Russia to be a fatalist was tantamount to inviting disaster. Nabokov trusted in a thematic design which could not have looked quite so dazzling, so sure-handed, to someone who was in the habit of gingerly tiptoeing one step ahead of destiny.”
Stacy Schiff, Vera

Richard P. Feynman
“Many races as well as cultural influences of men of all kinds have mixed into any man. To select, for approbation the peculiar elements that come from some supposedly Jewish heredity is to open the door to all kinds of nonsense on racial theory.”
Richard Feynman

“This undying vigilance is such a part of the Jewish psyche that it might as well be genetic. Nomads we are, and nomads we remain. Cars replaced caravans, tents calcified into houses, yet the wanderings of old course through us, simmering under the surface.”
Lev Golinkin, A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

“The pages of the magazine Mother Earth that Emma Goldman edited from 1906 to 1917 are filled with Yiddish stories, tales from the Talmud, and translations of Morris Rosenfeld’s poetry. Moreover, her commitment to anarchism did not divert her from speaking and writing, openly and frequently, about the particular burdens Jews faced in a world in which antisemitism was a living enemy. Apparently, Emma Goldman’s faith in anarchism, with its emphasis on universalism, did not result from and was not dependent on a casting off of Jewish identity.”
Gerald Sorin, The Prophetic Minority: American Jewish Immigrant Radicals, 1880-1920

Riccardo Bruni
“Moses Luzzatto always said to be patient during the hard times, that they would have to endure and make sacrifices while they waited for better times to come. He urged Simone and the other Jewish boys not to provoke the Venetians, saying they should remain separate and focus on their work. He said their traditions were crucial to their identity, just as they were for their fathers before them.”
Riccardo Bruni

Ralph  Webster
“I thought those were others. Soon, I was to learn that they were us.”
Ralph Webster, A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other

Ralph  Webster
“The way I see it, religion, has done our family more harm than good. For me, faith has never been a source of comfort... For herself, Mela always missed having that sense of identity. She had a longing to belong... Long ago, we found that compromise.”
Ralph Webster, A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other

Elinor Lipman
“I hadn't known up to that moment that I had a surname that was recognizably Jewish, or that people named Marx would be unwelcome somewhere in the United States because of it.”
Elinor Lipman, The Inn at Lake Devine

“...в юдейській традиції кожен читач — редактор, кожен учень — критик, а жоден письменник (включно з Автором Всесвіту) не захищенний від прискіпливих запитань.”
Амос Оз, Євреї і слова

“...юдейська традиція дозволяє учневі повстати проти вчителя і довести, що той помилявся (бодай певною мірою). Це навіть заохочують. Такий фройдистський мотив — рідкість для традиційних культур. Проте водночас це ключ до інтелектуальних інновацій, до якоїсь межі.”
Амос Оз, Євреї і слова

“Натомість у юдейській традиції (за винятком певних хасидських притч) у неписьменній дитині янголятка не бачили... Діти – це ніяки не янголи. В юдейських громадах дітлахи мусили вчитися.”
Амос Оз, Євреї і слова

Philip Roth
“Nessuno passa attraverso la tristezza, il dolore, la confusione e la perdita senza restare segnato in qualche modo.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

Philip Roth
“[...] ero una biografia in moto perpetuo, memoria sino al midollo delle ossa.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

Philip Roth
“Scrivere ti trasforma in una persona che sbaglia sempre. La perversione che ti spinge a continuare è l’illusione che un giorno, forse, l’imbroccherai. Che cos’altro potrebbe farlo? Come per tutti i fenomeni patologici, non ti rovina completamente la vita.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral ( Korean Edition) :Vol.1

Philip Roth
“L’immagine che abbiamo l’uno dell’altro. Strati e strati d’incomprensione. L’immagine che abbiamo di noi stessi. Vana. Presuntuosa. Completamente distorta. Ma noi tiriamo dritto e viviamo di queste immagini. «Lei è così, lui è così, io sono così. È andata così per questi motivi…» Basta.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

Philip Roth
“Sì, siamo soli, profondamente soli, e in serbo per noi, sempre, c’è uno strato di solitudine ancora più profondo. Non c’è nulla che possiamo fare per liberarcene. No, la solitudine non dovrebbe stupirci, per sorprendente che possa essere farne l’esperienza. Puoi cercare di tirar fuori tutto quello che hai dentro, ma allora non sarai altro che questo: vuoto e solo anziché pieno e solo.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

“For all with the courage to explore, God awaits.”
David J. Wolpe, Why Be Jewish?

“I wake the dawn as if to say that the dawn doesn't wake me up!”
King David

Philip Roth
“Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear. Of course no childhood is without its terrors, yet I wonder if I would have been a less frightened boy if Lindbergh hadn't been president or if I hadn't been the offspring of Jews.”
Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

“Your emotions are your power. Anyone or anything that puts distance between you and your emotions is putting distance between you and your power.”
Moshi Kubrick

“True love is a full-time job. It requires using good judgment.”
Moshi Kubrick

غادة العبسي
“ولكن سمعان لم يسعَ كغيره من اليهود وراء جنسيَّةٍ أجنبيَّة، هل لهذا السبب أحبَّ البيرة؟ لأنها مثله ومثل بني قومه، لا يمكن خَلطُها مع أيِّ شيءٍ آخر، اليهودي لا يبحث سوى عن الرغوة الغَنيَّة الطافية على سطح البيرة، مجرَّد جدارٍ فاصِلٍ يَعصِمه من العالم الذي لم يَتقبَّله يومًا إلَّا في ظروف استثنائية، كان يجب أن يبتعد اليهوديُّ عن الطريق، يُنحَّى جانبًا ليفسح المجال للأطهار من المسلمين المارِّين، وبطرطور فوق الرأس كما كان الحال أيام المماليك، ما الفرق بين الطرطور والطاليت (شال الصلاة)؟ وما سوف يَستَجِدُّ من أدواتٍ لتمييز هذا العِرْق؟ بل وكل عِرقٍ يخالف الأغلبية السائدة المتناغِمَة؟”
غادة العبسي, كوتسيكا

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