What it means to be a Jew lies at the very heart of Confessions of a Secular Jew, a provocative memoir and a thoughtful speculation on the nature of Jewish identity and experience in an increasingly secular world. The legacy bequeathed to Eugene Goodheart was a "progressive" secular Yiddish education which identifi ed Jewish struggles against oppression with working class struggles against exploitation. In the vanguard was the Soviet Union. Goodheart's heroes were Moses, Bar Kochbah, Judah Maccabee, Karl Marx and that strange honorary Jew, Joseph Stalin, whose anti-Semitism would later become known to the world. Confessions of a Secular Jew is the story of Goodheart's disillusionment with the naive, even false, progressivism of that education. At the same time, it is an attempt to rescue and come to grips with the positive remains of that education and heritage.

chapter |46 pages

One: Coming of Age in Brooklyn

chapter |26 pages

Two: Higher Education

chapter |28 pages

Three: Innocent Abroad

chapter |56 pages

Four: Teacher in America

chapter |24 pages

Five: On the One Hand

chapter |26 pages

Six: Heavy Breathing

chapter |44 pages

Seven: Mother Right

chapter |12 pages

Eight: A Question of Identity