Category: Aliza Hausman

Saying “No” to Drugs

Has anyone ever noticed the difference between what black and Hispanic people tell their kids about drugs and what white people tell their kids? I was listening to this white Jewish author talk about what she tells her kids. It’s…

Sighting: The Black Jew

Walking down the street in Los Angeles, a little blond seven-year-old Jewish girl sees a black Orthodox Jewish man in a black suit, black hat, white shirt and tzitzit flying in the wind. “Wow, that’s weird,” she says to her…

Living Life from Under My Jewfro

I am a self-described Jewminicana—a Jewish American Dominican hybrid, who grew up Dominican in New York and converted to Judaism. I make identity seem like an extreme sport. Either people are really uncomfortable around me (“You can’t be Jewish and…

Shabbat is for Shtupping

By Aliza Hausman From Friday night to Saturday night, I observe Shabbat, you know the Jewish Sabbath, most stringently. No Twitter. No Facebook. No Blackberry. For 25 hours I am sucked into, what I like to call, a technological black…

I don’t wear pants anymore

Aliza on Pants Jews are funny. That’s what people keep telling me. But I wasn’t born Jewish. I was born Dominican. So if we’re going by genes here, I’m probably really good at baseball and shimmying my hips. Not so…