A huge number of years later on, we nevertheless fear the shiksa succubus

A huge number of years later on, we nevertheless fear the shiksa succubus

The gentile woman is a scapegoat for the fear that, by their own neglect, American Jews will bring about the destruction of Judaism, ” writes Benvenuto though the evidence often comes in the form of rueful jokes about the “loss” of Jon Stewart to a woman whose maiden name starts with “Mc. ” “In the guise of spiritual seductress, enticing Jewish men away from their heritage. “Contradictorily, when she earnestly pursues transformation, she actually is similarly with the capacity of pressing off Jews’ ambivalence about their particular religious identity. ”

Shiksaphobia: that’s our issue. Worrisome since the specter of “losing” Jews can be, the Reform movement—and, to varying degrees, the Conservative—has started to realize that welcoming mixed-faith couples is just what will help the Jewish community to develop. Continue reading