Periel Aschenbrand is the kind of girl who would cut Hebrew school to go smoke cigarettes in the rabbi’s office. During the George W. Bush administration, she jokingly created T-shirts bearing the slogan “The Only Bush I Trust Is My Own.” The shirts became a hit and their maker went along for the ride, releasing a book of humorous personal essays under the same title.
Aschenbrand’s new book, “On My Knees,” is a memoir detailing her crazy, hilarious Jewish life, from her years at Solomon Schechter to the day she met her now-husband while drunk on arak at a wedding in Israel. There’s also a scene where she meets Philip Roth and imagines what it would be like to have sex with him. In other words, Aschenbrand is not the kind of Nice Jewish Girl you were looking for.
“My mom’s Israeli and my dad’s a New York Jew,” Aschenbrand told the Sisterhood. …
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