Is “Jewish Guilt” Wikipedia’s Shortest Entry?


Since reading Philip Roth’s 1969 bestseller Portnoy’s Complaint in 1982, I’ve been interested in the much discussed concept of “Jewish guilt” and how it differs from the (also much discussed) concept of “white guilt.”

Yet “Jewish guilt” and “white guilt” never seem to be discussed simultaneously. As far as I can make out, “white guilt” is the worry that your ancestors were too ethnocentric, while “Jewish guilt” is the worry that you aren’t ethnocentric enough for your ancestors.

But the topic of “Jewish guilt,” despite all the verbiage published on it and the talent of its explicators, remains obscure.

For example, here’s the entire entry on Wikipedia:

Jewish guilt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jewish guilt is a term used to identify the supposed guilt felt by Jews. Currently, Jewish guilt is often a source of Jewish humor, but sometimes leads to self-hate among some Jews.[1]

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