By Berel Lang
‘Catch-22’ Still Saner Than Ever
Joseph Heller is invariably omitted from lists of American Jewish writers, but he should be included, and high up. “Catch-22” — which has just celebrated its 50th birthday — is notable among American novels in the second half of the 20th century for having been read with almost no acknowledgment of its Jewish identity. Heller…
You Can Take the Jew Out of Jewish… But You Probably Wouldn’t
What is the difference between saying that “so-and-so is a Jew” and that “so-and-so is Jewish?” An admittedly unscientific poll I took recently among 18 acquaintances reached a unanimous verdict; they always spoke of themselves as Jewish, not as Jews. Would “Jew” in the same context, they were then asked, be wrong or pejorative? Again…
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