Redesigning Your Identity: Choosing Who To Be

Kotel, Jerusalem, Israel. 2009. Don’t be fooled — I had no idea what I was doing.

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Bumbling around at 6 AM that morning, I hardly knew what I was doing…but I was determined to look like I did. I pulled on a crisp tallit (prayer shawl) over my head and shoulders. I awkwardly wrapped tefillin around my arm that was painfully fresh (new tefillin take a while to break in). My siddur opened with a snap, as though it had just come off of…