Are you a self-hating Jew? David Mamet would like to kick your ass.
In his new book The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred and the Jews, Mamet has an interesting take on my favorite guilty pleasure, which is, of course, guilt:
“‘Jewish Guilt’ is not a side effect of being Jewish, but of being insufficiently Jewish. Buddhism will not cure it, self-help will not cure it, good works will not cure it, A Course in Miracles will not cure it all of these, ranging from religion to nostrum, cannot eradicate the lapsed Jew’s sense of being lost. For he is lost.”
He could be right; nobody ever heard of Buddhist guilt, right? Personally, when I’m experiencing guilt I turn to a hot bowl of matzoh ball soup; it’s not a cure, but I’m telling ya, it will ameliorate the symptoms.