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1 I Jewish Am Andrew By ©2011 Lustig, Transcript* Performance am the collective pride and excitement that 1:05 felt when we find out that that new I is that great athlete, his chief of staff ... actor, Jewish is And I am the collective guilt and shame that is felt when we find that that serial 1:15 out Ponzi schemer, that wife that ... is Jewish killer, beater I am the Jewish star tattooed on the chest of the teenager who chooses to rebel against 1:25 his and grandparents' warnings of a lonely goyim cemetery by embracing that parents' Judaism making permanent his and Jewish identity same I am all the words in 1:40 Yiddish I've been called all my life that I still don't understand I am going to all three Phish shows this weekend 1:44 The I am my melody of Adon Olam. I am my melody of Adon Olam. words may be the 1:48 I am my melody but of Adon Olam same, I am not getting 1:56 Bar Mitzvahed ... I am a Bar Mitzvah 2:00 I am a concept foreign to the rest of the world. I am not Judaism. I am sleep ‐ away camp am your grandmother who's seen Chortkov and I Auschwitz, who's seen '49, '67 and '73 2:05 who’s tired of trying to make peace with those people who just and want to blow up buses and destroy her people Budrus I am the nineteen ‐ year ‐ old 2:18 who's seen , Don't Mess with the Zohan , and Waltz with Bashir and who thinks ‐‐ who knows ‐‐ peace is possible 2:26 I am the complicated reason you take the cheese off the burger you eat at the Saturday morning tailgate my I am constantly struggling to 2:32 understand Jewish identity outside of religion 2:39 I am the Torah and not the Old Testament 2:42 am a Kippah I not a Skullcap and 2:44 I am a Jew and not an Israeli ... 5,000 years old, not 60 ... a religion, not a country continued - 1 -

2 2:51 I’m asked if I have horns or a pot of gold, if I rule the world or why I killed Jesus. I never why asked my black hat is, if I really get eight presents on my Christmas, where my am aren't super long, and if I've really never tried sideburns bacon asked what a Gefilte Fish is. I say, "I I don't know. I don't like it. Nobody does. But we 3:07 am it because it’s what we do" eat am asked if my dad's a 3:13 I say "No ... my mom is ... my dad's an accountant" I lawyer. I am asked if my grandparents were in the Holocaust, as if it was a movie. "Yeah, they 3:21 were. luckily they were also on Schindler's List" But I am on JDate and not Match.com because, well ... it's just easier that way 3:29 at that feeling 3:36 obligation to buy the Dead Sea salt the mall kiosk because you I’m of the woman's Israeli know I’m an IDF sweatshirt and the Chai around your neck 3:42 3:45 a hundred ‐ dollar challah cover that you will never use and a five ‐ shekel piece of red I’m that you will wear until it withers away string 3:51 am your name I Hebrew I am your Israeli cousins 3:52 3:54 I am your Torah portion and your thirteen candles 3:56 am your Bat Mitzvah dress and the cute Israeli soldier on your Birthright trip I milk am eighteen when I discover that Israel is not actually a Garden of Eden, of and 4:01 I Jews of all backgrounds, ethnicities, where styles of worship come together, honey and happy and appreciative, to do a constant Hora in the streets eternally the Holy Land of ... I am still confident it will that be I am the way your stomach forgets to be hungry and your 4:19 lungs forget to breathe when the Rabbi commands the final Tekiah and an entire congregation ‐‐ a Gedolah congregation that is not any one synagogue but an entire people ‐‐ listens to what on Times Square, but today ‐‐ any day in late September or January in is a ball dropping first horn early for the 5,770th time is a Ram's October being blown into for what seems like ten minutes, like the eight days the oil burned, and how David defeated Goliath, and How been enough, Dayenu. have we won the Moses parted the seas ... it would how war, and how your grandparents survived, Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, Shana Tova. Time for bagels and lox because I am Jewish [5:02] * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJe0uqVGZJA (What it Means to Be a Jew). Length: 5:42. - 2 -

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