Generation J, by Lisa Schiffman

Lisa Schiffman's spiritual quest culminates in a tattoo, inked into her shoulder blade, of a leafy vine running through a Star of David. That the body art was part of preparing for her nude participation in the pagan wedding of her Jewish friend does not, in Schiffman's estimation, undercut the tattoo's meaning. It marks the ways in which her spiritual quest has changed her: "Somehow, I've learned the thing that matters. In the years that have passed since I began my journey into Judaism, I've changed. I've become Jewish by choice as much as by birth."

But the spiritual transformation Schiffman has undergone, detailed in her memoir, is as fleeting as the tattoo, which is made not from permanent ink but henna. It will fade away in weeks.

 

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