Anonymous: hi, i'm sorry if this has been asked but in your powerpoint you said that the tumblr sj community is guilty of antisemitism. what kind of things has it done? also, i love your blog!
I’ll take this one since I’m the blog’s resident Jew. Oy vey, where do I start…
- SJ community loves to police Jewish identity and silence actual Jews when they talk about their own identities. This usually happens in context of either “Are Jews White?” or “Jewishness is just a religion” conversations. In reality, Jews are an ethnoreligious group that ethnically originated in the middle east, and while some ethnic Jews have light skin, it’s actually due to centuries of forced assimilation in European and Slavic countries through rape, which is a big reason why Jewishness is matrilineal. Furthermore, there exist Jews who do not look white at all. There are black, brown, and asian Jews who are all ethnically Jewish, and these conversations erase them.
- "Jewish privilege". Fact: It’s not a thing. It’s actually a very common anti-semitic trope that says that Jews run everything so they are not oppressed. Jews are oppressed, and face anti-semitic violence.
- "Anti-semitism is not just about Jews, there are other semitic people." While yea, there are other semitic people, the term "anti-semitism" was created by Germans in the 19th century to refer specifically to the hatred of Jews because it sounded more scientific.
- Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel. I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting. Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism.
- Finally, and this is a big pet peeve of mine. The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews. Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe.
That’s enough for now. If you’re interested in learning more about Jewish identity and anti-semitism, you are welcome to check out my personal blog: yochevedke. I discuss that stuff a lot.
Another Jew reblogging about anti-semitism. I’ve seen some increase in concern about this from goyim, but it’s been slow going. Hopefully we’ll pick up a big head of steam soon.
“The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews. Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe.”
As a Jew, I’m actually terrified to talk about antisemitism when I see it, cause it’s been so belittled and minimized for me.
Please call it out, guys, just like you would any other kind of bigotry or racism.
Anonymous: What exactly do Zionists believe?
The basic idea is that there ought to be a Jewish state where Israel currently is because that is where the Jewish people are originally from. This is necessitated by the fact that Jews have suffered from antisemitism regardless of where they were, because they were always perceived as alien. The creation of a state will put the Jews on an equal footing with the rest of the nations of the world, as a majority of the Jews will move there and those that remain behind will cease to suffer from antisemitism.
: Ok so what do you know about Jewish folklore? Like, mythical creatures or superstitions and suchlike? Or, also, do you know anything about what Jewish 'magic' wouldve been practiced like? I'm writing a thing and all I've found on the latter front is some unclear stuff on the Kabbalah. So if you know stuff or know any good resources that'd be super helpful! Thanks :-)
I have just what you need, books of folklore of both Sephardim and Ashkenazim.
Tales from the Sephardic Dispersion
Tales from Eastern Europe
The same author has also compiled a book of folklore of the Mizrahim, but I have been unable to find an e-book for that, but it’s there if you decide that you want more.
As for Jewish magic, I know very little about it, so I can’t be of much help there. Good luck with whatever you are writing!
Hey all, I’m sorry for the recent lack of posts—there’s been a lot going on in my life right now and I haven’t had the opportunities or energy to blog here much. I’m sorry and I hope to have everything up and running soon. Thanks for being patient and waiting it out.
Anonymous: Hi, I know you're busy with life and stuff and therefore doesn't have the time to look up every single piece of info that comes your way, but the African Hebrew Israelites aren't Jewish, thus shouldn't be in the 'Jews of Color' tag. Nor in the 'Africa' tag, since they're originally from the United States. No need to publish this, I'm only writing as a heads up.
Did you know you can be born in the US but be of African descent? Did you also know no one has the time or patience for your identity-policing bullshit and if you ever message me with this nonsense again, you will be blocked?
I realize I kind of missed an opportunity to rage against John Green and the poor excuse for literature that is The Fault in Our Stars (and all of his other books tbh), but honestly, I have been extremely busy as of late, and there have been so many other posts about the unbelievable shittiness that went on in that book. I read it a couple of years ago and was extremely put off by the Anne Frank museum scene (and the entire fucking “novel”) and I’m really happy other people are talking about it now. So that being said, if anyone wants to submit a post or an ask about it, they’re more than welcome to.
(But y’all should be submitting about anything you want at any given time anyway!)
Also, as mentioned previously, I am extremely busy these days with work and other nonsense, so I apologize for the lack of posts. I’m hoping to post more regularly in about two weeks.
Anonymous: I'm a mizrahi Jew that lives in the south. I don't live in the middle of no where with red necks or whatever, but I do live in an area where the southern white middle class Protestant is the overwhelming majority. I have a darker skin tone because my mother is a Moroccan jew immigrant and my Father is Sephardic. people always assume I'm Latina, and when they find out my religion and ethnicity they treat me different, apparently in their eyes it's better to be a Christian Latino than a brown jew.
You are entitled to your experiences but please, let’s not play Oppression Olympics between gentiles of Color and Jews or color.
Anonymous: Do you feel The Holocaust was misrepresented in The Fault In Our Stars? Anne Frank was used as a metaphor for unfairly dying of illness and I don't feel that is what should be taken from Anne Frank's story. Am I alone on this?
No, I feel very similarly. Followers?
Images from the demonstration at the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
A day after four people were shot and murdered at the museum, hundreds of demonstrators came together in solidarity against antisemitism and in memory of the victims.
A simultaneous demonstration of solidarity was held in Paris, where two young Jewish men were attacked and beaten after leaving their synagogue on Saturday.
"The Jews are in the streets, the Jews are angry. The Jews are concerned, but they’re still standing," said Joël Mergui, the president of the French Jewish Consistory.
The man in the first picture is a dear friend of mine. He and many of my other friends were scheduled to perform in an event at the Jewish center in Brussels today. They performed at a memorial instead.
One of them wrote today that he heard a man say that when Jews hurt, all Jews hurt.
We hurt today.
May the memories of those murdered be for a blessing, and may we stand forever against senseless violence and injustice.
I am not answering any more questions asking, “Am I Jewish/Jewish enough?” That’s not what I’m here for, it’s not what this blog is here for. Honestly, a lot of these asks (not all, but enough) come off as someone hearing they have very distant Jewish roots and wanting to use that to seem more “exotic” or something, which doesn’t make much sense to me. I completely feel for the people who are asking out of actual curiosity or who genuinely want to learn more.
If you have distant Jewish ancestry and no one in your family practices or IDs as Jewish, you have every right to learn more about your where you came from, and I think that’s great, but please do so respectfully. You are still a guest in Jewish spaces and should act as one.
But I’m also not here to police anyone’s identity, ever. People have come to me on this blog and in person saying I’m “technically half this” or “not actually Jewish,” so I am especially sensitive to these kinds of things.
Additionally, this is all just what I think! I’m just a Jewish person with a blog, I don’t claim to know anything about anything, and have often made mistakes on this blog (and in real life!) regarding Jewish things. I’m not a scholar by any stretch of the imagination.
These are my “credentials”: I went to religious school and Hebrew school from ages six to fifteen. I became a bat mitzvah at thirteen and had a confirmation (which is done in many Reform temples) two years later. I went to Jewish sleep-away camp as a camper and counselor for six years total, during which time I was part of a national Jewish leadership program. I never did a youth group like B’nai Brith or NFTY but that’s a whole story in and of itself.
I started this blog because I felt tokenized a lot and wasn’t able to find many people who could relate, at least not outside of camp. I grew up in a big city but most of the kids in my high school weren’t Jewish, and of those kids, most had never met a Jewish person before. I got made fun of a lot and it culminated in something shitty happening my senior year. I often use humor as a coping mechanism for various difficult things, and this blog is kind of part of that. It’s a safe space for Jewish people where we can laugh and sometimes cry about our experiences.