Lovesong: Becoming A Jew by Julius Lester
Analyzes book chronicling black man’s conversion to Judaism & applies ideas from other works on black-Jewish relations.
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In Lovesong: Becoming a Jew Julius Lester begins by declaring this truth of his own self-identity first formally accepted while he was in retreat at a Trappist monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts: I have become who I am. I am who I always was. I am no longer deceived by the black face which stares at me from the window. I am a Jew (Lester 1). At Lovesong’s end Lester concludes that the essence of Chosenness is a mixing of the joyous and mournful, that is, a gladness for the gift which has been given and a bit of sorrow at how much responsibility such a gift entails (Lester 243). In discovering who he is Lester has moved along his chosen path which has intentionally mixed the traditions of two of America’s most dominant minorities, the blacks and the Jews. Part of the…