The Unbearable Heaviness of Jewish Self-Hatred

By Walter Ruby

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2001

After finding out that Joey Ramone's real name was Joey Hyman, who was indeed a Jew who grew up in Forest Hills, New York, the author analyzes why the punk rocker, along with a myriad of other Jewish celebrities, changed his last name for something a little less Jewish. The author discusses that it may be a result of Jewish self-hatred, and analyzes why this self-hatred exists, and how to remedy it.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Media, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Information: Download for personal use, freely distribute link

Bibliographic Information:
Ruby, Walter. The Unbearable Heaviness of Jewish Self-Hatred. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2001:


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