You can’t spell “Yid” without the “id,” and without question, nobody tops the Jews when it comes to expressing our inner self. It seems like you can’t turn on the internet nowadays without some Jew revealing some super important inner conflict. What makes all these inner conflicts so super important? Well, they must be, otherwise, why would a Jew have them? That is, the very fact that a Jew has an issue suggests just how super important it must be, and consequently, that it must be shared with the world. A non-Jew goes on a bad vacation, it simply becomes something they mention among their friends when the subject of vacations comes up; a Jew has a bad vacation, it becomes cause for an outpouring of angst about their relationship to the Jewish state. Thus we see Village Voice film critic Allison Benedikt’s recent cri de coeur about her falling out of love with Zionism. This is powerful stuff—it seems that when she was younger, she had a cartoonish view of how wonderful Israel is, and now, older if not wiser, she has a cartoonish view of how awful Israel is. Jewdar could go on, but why bother? We’ve got an important manifesto to write about this piece of mango we have stuck between our teeth.
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