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Half / Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes
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Maya Gottfried's essay, "Untitled" is included in this anthology by and about individuals raised in interfaith homes. Edited by Laurel Snyder. Written by authors born into the so-called “dilemma of intermarriage,” the stories in Half/Life explore the experience of being raised in a half-Jewish home. Though each essay is distinct, and the experiences are vastly different, each describes growing up without a streamlined identity, unsure of community or religious direction. From Jenny Traig, whose experiences led her to extreme devotion in the form of religious-obsessive compulsion (scrupulosity) to Thisbe Nissen, who finally felt Jewish after discovering a rosary in her boyfriend’s sock drawer, these authors examine the complicated relationships they felt with the Jewish community and the world at large. By turns tragic and funny, religious and heartbreaking...
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Maya Gottfried's essay, "Untitled" is included in this anthology by and about individuals raised in interfaith homes. Edited by Laurel Snyder.

Written by authors born into the so-called “dilemma of intermarriage,” the stories in Half/Life explore the experience of being raised in a half-Jewish home. Though each essay is distinct, and the experiences are vastly different, each describes growing up without a streamlined identity, unsure of community or religious direction. From Jenny Traig, whose experiences led her to extreme devotion in the form of religious-obsessive compulsion (scrupulosity) to Thisbe Nissen, who finally felt Jewish after discovering a rosary in her boyfriend’s sock drawer, these authors examine the complicated relationships they felt with the Jewish community and the world at large. By turns tragic and funny, religious and heartbreaking, angry and surprisingly familiar, Half/Life represents the altogether diverse memories and reflections of a handful of men and women who have spent a lifetime grappling with how to define themselves, or not. Resulting from that struggle is a complex exploration, and some truly brilliant prose.

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About Maya

Maya Gottfried is a writer and communications professional living in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her two cats, Lucian and Bunny. She is author of the children's books Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary, and Good Dog,...

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Published Reviews

Jul.19.2008

Good Dog
Poems by Maya Gottfried; paintings by Robert R. Zakanitch
What is your dog thinking? This energetic collection of sixteen poems and portraits on dogs is very appealing.

Jul.19.2008

Author Maya Gottfried introduces children to various breeds of dogs with delightful poems and adorable watercolor and black-and-white line paintings by Robert Rahway Zakanitch.