anonymous asked:

One of the main characters in the novel I'm writing is a Jewish woman, and I am not Jewish, but I'd really like to make sure I get that side of her correctly represented. If you don't mind me asking, what sorts of things are you tired of seeing in Jewish characters in fiction and what would you like to see more of?

I’m really really tired of seeing characters who hate their JEwishness. I want characters who are proud to be Jewish, even if they’re afraid of what goyim say when they find out they’re Jewish. I want characters who date other Jews. Characters who make Jewish jokes. Characters who don’t feel like secualr americans with the barcodes rubbed off.

Characters who toss Yiddish and ladino into their English. Characters who forget that goyim don’t speak Hebrew. Characters who are struggling to learn Hebrew, characters who make rugalakh and kneidlakh and fill blintzes with cheese for Shavuot. Characters who celebrate holidays that aren’t known to goyim, like Shavuot and Sukkot and TubiSh’vat. Character who keep kosher on different levels! Who only eat meat killed kosher, who are vegetarian outside the house, who don’t care if meat is killed kosher, who will eat pork but not with cheese.

I really really don’t want their JEwishness to be invisible. My JEwishness informs everything I do. I hear people in my class gossipping and I don’t join in because my Ima always warned me about Lashon Hara. I volunteer at the library and make sure they know I can’t do saturdays, because Shabbos is for relaxing. Even my morals and values are shaped by my Jewishness. Everything.