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Lena Dunham Isn't Anti-Semitic. She's Just One of Us


You know the old idea: “You can’t make fun of my little brother…only I can make fun of him?”

I mean, I don’t personally because I’m an only child. But that’s not the point. The point is that Lena Dunham can totally make fun of us because she is one of us.

She’s Jewish enough, anyway. With a Protestant father and Jewish mother, the more strictly religious of us will use her bloodline as proof, while the more secular of us are happy to cite this oft-quoted story from the Jewish Journal in 2012 in which she calls herself Jewish.

“I went to Hebrew school for, like, two weeks, and then didn’t get the part I wanted in the play and quit,” Dunham said. “But I’ve always had a great love of all the holidays that we celebrate together as a family: Passover, Chanukah. I’ve spent a good amount of time in temple, and I definitely feel very culturally Jewish, although that’s the biggest cliché for a Jewish woman to say.”

Later, she even went on to say, ““I took an amazing trip to Israel two years ago,” she added. “It was the most connected I’ve felt to that part of myself. I learned a lot both spiritually and personally.”

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Lena Dunham Isn't Anti-Semitic. She's Just One of Us

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