What messages do boys
receive in an orthodox community in Brooklyn,
a reform community in the suburbs of Los
Angeles, a Sephardic community in Chicago, a
renewal community in Berkeley, or a conservative
community in Dallas? What do they have
in common? I think the messages have two
things in common, even though there is much
overall particularity. The first message is: even
though you’re Jewish and shouldn’t beat anyone
up, you should still to be in control. Most
Jewish boys are taught to control their bodies,
control their feelings, control their tempers,
and as they become adults to control their children
and their partners.
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