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Camels & Chocolate: Tales from a Travel Addict

Camels & Chocolate: Tales from a Travel Addict
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Nerd's Eye View Rothschild Hagaddah c. 1450 “Jews are tied together by irrational bonds of memory…” — Simon Schama, The Story of the Jews I am not a religious person, not even a little bit, but you would never hear me say I wasn’t Jewish. I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to it until my ex-husband’s parents tried to get me to convert — how could I covert from a religion I didn’t really have? This question about identity resurfaced when I lived in Austria where Jews were such a — well, the word “novelty” is the best I can come up with. How strange it was to have my presence be so amusing and so decontextualized from modern history. I had a very funny discussion once during my Deutsch fur Auslanders class with a Muslim classmate. “Lord, no,” I said, “I’m Jewish.” “Oh, honey,” I said, “Don’t look at me like that. Most of the time it didn’t trouble me to be in a tiny minority. Instead, I emailed the nearest synagogues, one in Salzburg, one in Graz. We all know the story, too. Tell a sweeping story. “Hi!”

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