I love my Jewish heritage. Sure, I appreciate that I get to stuff my face with challah bread during every holiday, but there are plenty of other reasons I love being a member of the tribe. After all, so many of the cool people I look up to are Jewish (see: Sarah Silverman, B.J. Novak, Natalie Portman), and our history of perseverance and creativity makes this a heritage to be more than just a little proud of. Whether you keep kosher or you simply identify as culturally Jewish, there’s no getting around it: being Jewish is more than a religion — it’s an ethnicity.
And being a Jewish woman? Well, that’s its own animal. Because while being a Jewish girl certainly has its perks, it also has its downsides. The Jewish guilt our mothers instilled in us is so engrained in our minds that we can’t possibly pay full price for a leather jacket or forget to call them when we said we would. Our hair has a definite mind of its own, and we were bred to find a Nice Jewish Boy long before we could chew our potato latkes.
So what is it really like to be Jewish girl? Well, I can say there are some things only we can truly understand. Things like…
you remember your first chi straightener
And how it changed your life forever.
…and feeling jealous of your friends with straight hair
*Insert eye-roll* when they would complain about their “boring,” straight hair.