In Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living, Daniel M. Jaffe explores various aspects of gay-Jewish life: coming out to self and family; (re)defining one's relationship to tradition and faith; surviving child abuse and teenage sexual identity angst; experiencing the adult joys and heartbreaks of dating, of forming relationships, and of losing them; coping with HIV/AIDS; considering parenting; and dealing with old age.
Mirroring the diversity within contemporary American Jewish life, the main characters in these twenty-four stories are Jewish, but in various ways-some wrestle with religion, others with their place in tradition and community. Yet for other characters here, Jewish identity is not at issue in the pursuit of happiness, love, and inner peace; rather, Jewishness is a cornerstone given, a foundational lens through which these characters see and examine the world and self.
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The stories that comprise Daniel Jaffe’s collection “Jewish Gentle” are varied in both subject and execution, but they’re never rote or predictable. He usually provides a solid, dependable twist or gives you a particularly noteworthy voice to hang on to. I was particularly impressed by the short vignettes he sometimes inserted between longer stories. It’s iceberg writing, most of the meaning below the surface. A collection well worth your time.