Eve Tushnet, in a somewhat spoilerific post on Brideshead Revisited:
I’m reminded of an interview I did a while back, where I semi-jokingly suggested that Catholic and Jewish guilt stem from one of the strengths of Catholicism and Judaism: the way they make themselves inescapable. They really get right into your mind and put down roots. No matter what you want, you will never be a self-made man; you’ll always be a Jew, you won’t get to choose your own questions, you’ll always have at least one of them chosen for you. “Mama, do we believe in snow?” or whatever the line from Philip Roth is.