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Thoughts From A Unicorn: 100% Black. 100% Jewish. 0% Safe. Paperback – December 29, 2012
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MaNishtana was born in 1982 into an African-American Orthodox Jewish family that traces its African-American Jewish roots seven generations back. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Shoshana. As the blogger behind MaNishtana’s Musings, he works to nurture unity and strengthen multifaceted identity within the Jew of Color community, and invites all to participate in the conversation. As the founder of JOCFlock.org, an online dating site for Jews of Color, MaNishtana helps Jews of Color searching for their zivug (or beshert) find that special someone to build their lifetime with. A social activist more by chance than choice, his life’s true passions include a constant quest for the best rum or scotch, 1940’s films, and winning arguments through proliferous use of sarcasm. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I didn't know what to expect going into this book due to thd fact that I knew nothing of being Jewish and was full well expecting lots of references I didn't understand. While I did encounter much of this I also encountered a lot that was familiar. Things like growing up as an outsider in a culture you're supposed to be a part of and finding humor in that. This book is filled with wit, thoughtful research and ideas from the only person that could truly push forward such insight someone living in it.
After doing the reading, I was drawn into the imagery the wit and the world of what it is to be Afro-Carribbean and Jewish. Though the insights in this book span far beyond that. This book touches on Judaism, Christianity, and overall morals and approaches it from the manner of a logical person combined with faith. The logic comes in the part of the hours of research the author has obviously put in when discussing different aspects of religion and also different claims from various aspects of religion. Outside of that the author offers insight from his life and the lives of others with regards to what it is to be an Afro-Carribean Jew and what that means.
I really enjoyed this book and think its not only a fun read but an educational one that makes a person question their values overall. (It legitimately made me consider converting to Judaism). I highly recommend this book to ANYONE.
Stay thirsty for knowledge my friends.
I am a white, ashkenazi woman a generation older than MaNishtana, with a child who is a generation younger and a jew of color. I am indebted to MaNishtana for agreeing to be a public advocate and role model for my son and so many others (me included). He is one of a growing cadre of incredibly talented jews of color working to shift the American Jewish paradigm through their leadership across disciplines. Every synagogue/jewish book club/chavurah etc should buy and discuss this book. Every JCC and Jewish Day School/yeshiva should invite MaNishtana to speak. And white jewish folk -- read his book; get out all your defensiveness, and then go back and read the book AGAIN. and then maybe a third time to begin to understand that the ugly stain of racism is indeed a part of modern American Jewish life, and that there are real ways to change that.
In the mean time, I look forward to more incisive, snarky, funny and talmudic commentary from MaNishtana for many years to come!
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I absolutely love this book! It is well written and absolutely engaging. "Thoughts from a Unicorn" is thought-provoking, heartbreaking and hilarious all at the...Read more