by Susan Schnur

Is Worrying a Jewish Woman’s Second-Shift Job?

Jewish women worry along a continuum. On the right, real inheritors of trauma — pogroms, acute dislocations, the Holocaust — fairly vibrate with anxieties: misreading behaviors, attributing malevolence to neutral occurrences, adrenalizing ordinary, non-adrenal life. The language called “Not Worry” will always be our second one; we will never gain true fluency. Who opened this window? Did anyone touch this food? Who is that strange man ? Even italics don’t begin to convey our inner fibrillation.

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Is Worrying a Jewish Woman’s Second-Shift Job?

The articles in this special section:

The Anatomy of Worry

by Jane Bernstein

Her daughter lost on the road ahead, an advanced-degree worrier takes us through all the stages of her panic.

Always Buy Gold

by Ellen R. Portnoy

Surviving the worrying in a Holocaust survivor’s family.

Looking Away

by Sharon Levy

What has just happened in the split-second when I wasn’t focused on the urgent task at hand? asks our author in her poignant attempt to stay vigilant.