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The Limits of Words

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Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Shari Cohen

Series: CLAL Community and Society Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Values; Language; Religion; Jewish Identification

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author describes a personal struggle with the word "Jewish" to describe her identity. She finds that words limit us to a certain understanding of reality and make it hard to think differently. She considers the connotations of terms commonly associated with Jewish identity.