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Passing

A fascinating, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it tidbit in Sunday Times’ Milgrom-Elcott/Dorfman wedding announcement, in which the groom, Aaron Dorfman, (an “edgy” gentleman who’s “…pierced in three places that I can see,” according to the bride’s father) discusses his choice to wear a kippah:

He explained that he started wearing a skullcap while teaching a class on prejudice. His students had pointed out that Jews can usually hide their minority status, but African-Americans cannot. “Jews can pass,” he said, “so I took away the option of passing.”

Dorfman’s bride’s identification of her groom as a “thoughtful, serious, engaged person” in this context certainly rings true — the personal-is-political wallop of choosing not to “pass” in America is an interesting, righteous, complicated one. Meanwhile, regardless: Mazel Tov, guys!

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