"Waiting for a Jew: Marginal Redemption at the Eighth Street Shul" is one of my favorite readings from the book for the class and I've taught it every time I taught this class.
And this is maybe my third or fourth time reading it and I always find new and wonderful sentences in it.
He is an anthropologist and he writes about his identity as a Jewish man and how it evolved over time from a New Jersey farm to New York and Paris.
grew more religious over time but he
also thinks his
search for Jewishness was to recover that lost childhood sense of community that, of course, was an illusion.