Part 1, From the Subway to the Synagogue, p. 1 - 30.
• The author introduces the suburban community of Brownsville, outside New York City, where he grew up in.
• The author describes the feelings associated with the buildings he used to visit.
• As a child, he had feelings for a girl named Deborah that were based on a heroine from the Old Testament.
• The author describes his experience in a school that felt like a fortress and didn't feel like it was meant for education but for character shaping.
• He felt abandoned by the world because he dropped his sandwich in the street after class.
• The author connects experiences of sexuality in his school with the feeling of being continually graded.
• Recalling memories helps the author gain an understanding that the obstacles and experiences of his poor, Jewish youth influence his passion to overcome his "identity" as a Jew and...
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