Gay and Jewish
(First published in Huffington Post 2017)
When we were toddlers, my mother taught my sister, brother and me a prayer to say every night before we went to sleep. It was modeled after the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the Torah and to the Jewish people. I promise to live a nice Jewish life and to marry a nice Jewish boy.”
My brother’s prayer ended with “girl.”
Seriously, that was the prayer. It was so ingrained in me that I said it every night without thinking about the words. It became part of my DNA, brush my teeth…