I've never really felt like I totally groked this idea, but people whose opinions I generally trust seem to think it's a problem, so I am trying.
So I thought to myself, can I think of any time that my culture was appropriated, and how did I feel.
The best things I can come up with are as follows.
1) That time Madonna studied Kabalah
2) The yiddish / klezmer fad in the late 2000s
3) The entire surf rock movement of the 50s.
4) Kosher style restaurants that are not actually kosher.
and well, the problem is that my initial reaction is anger and disgust, but that feeling subsides quickly. At the time, the Madonna thing bothered me because it was so blatant that someone was using a part of my culture to just sell celebs pseudoscience, and this bothered me a lot, but after a bit I realized it didn't really harm me any way and I stopped caring. in the case of 3, well some of the greatest music of all time came out of that era.
In the case of number 2, again, it didn't feel very good that people were so superficially glomming onto a part of my culture but that feeling came and went. AFter all, they were not really hurting me.
The last one is most annoying in a practical sense because well, kosher style is not really a style at all, they usually mean, traditional eastern european food, but again same deal.
So at the end of the day, I kinda get where some of the anger comes from but personally don't feel like this is a big deal.
*that is not to say other people's feeling are invalid, I just cant seem to work myself up over this.