married a Jew
an atheist Jew and hide
my goyische ways with a
and warm noodle kugel.
still the tells—oh the tells.
Snacks before sundown on Yom Kippur,
Sneezing at the horseradish maror,
A lean to the right. Gifting
all eight nights of Hanukkah
instead of trailing off after a few
like Mark says real Jews do.
After 13 seders, I asked our host,
would she make her amazing challah
for Passover? Oy.
I hung the mezuzah
the door. But honey
you thought it went on the left side.
We’ve been lighting a shiva candle
for seven days when we meant
1-night yahrzeit light!
When a gentile is in charge of ritual.
Outside the covenant still I hold
the family faith. The form
is my function. The rite,
We treasure the traditions.
Not a Jew, a Jewish wife.
Costume seders apples with a dab
of honey a battery-operated menorah on the sill.