Howard Jacobson Says It Out Loud

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We should be more interested in ourselves as English Jews. ENGLISH . . . JEWS. In the normal daily way of things, of course, we have no choice but to be interested in ourselves as English Jews – it’s as English Jews we live our lives – but it embarrasses us to say so, out loud, or in art, or in whatever other way we might choose to express our self-image.

It becomes the young to be shy and tongue-tied. They don’t, anyway, have anything to say. But we are 350 years old. Isn’t it time we apologized for ourselves a little less; liked ourselves a little more? Isn’t it time we grew up?

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