sweetanimebabes: Idk I'm Jewish and I get picked on for it but idk goyim tags are weird to me. Like... I don't hate not Jewish people but idk goyim to me is hateful... Even though I know it's just "non Jewish".
Goy literally just means nation and is used in reference to other nations of the world. I’m not sure why you have an issue with the word or with the tag if you understand the definition isn’t hateful.
today at work I saw a dude with a Hebrew tattoo and I asked, “Oh are you Jewish” and he said no
and then I actually read the tattoo and it said “schmuck.”
And I ask him, “Oh…what does that mean?”
And he said, “Jewel.”
WELL HE’S NOT WRONG.
That is a gem of a goy story.
when a jewish holiday is coming up but you can’t remember which one
"God of our fathers, we have no calendars, and no clue what we should be doing right now. We hope this is at least partially correct. Amen."
"blessed are you oh lord our g-d, ruler of the universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach….. some season. not sure which. definitely one of them, though."
Anonymous: the term "anti-semitism" was specifically created by nazi germany to refer to their hatred of jews tho... while it's a misnomer, i think it's also pretty shitty to tell jews not to use a word that was created to justify the systematic oppression and extermination of their people.
This is the third time we’ve gotten this ask. You act as if I walk up to people right after the burning of a synagogue and say “Hey, that’s not anti-Semitic, don’t use that!” when that’s clearly not the case. I don’t feel comfortable with Zionists using that term to erase my own ethnic origins. Nothing you can tell me can make me feel okay with someone using “anti-Semitic” against me, a Semite. I’ve given a reasonable alternative. If you’re still unhappy, find somewhere else to complain because I’ve stated my point of view on this and I’ve repeatedly asked people to give me a reasonable explanation for why I can’t just replace it with “Anti-Jewish” and no one has.
If you wanna talk about how shitty it is to tell Jews not to use that word against other Semites, let’s talk about how shitty it is when Zionists tell Palestinians that they’re being “anti-Semitic,” let’s talk about how shitty it is when they try to erase any connection the Palestinians have to their own lands. Let’s talk about how the world’s collective ignorance of Arabs being Semites has actually led to people arguing that since Jews are Semites, they have a better claim to that land. Yes. That’s literally happened to me before.
No one is going to tell me I should be okay with the collective erasure of my ethnic origin. Because it isn’t okay. This is the last ask I’m answering about this.
…”how shitty it is to tell Jews not to use that word against other Semites, let’s talk about how shitty it is when Zionists"…
Bolding mine. Because you know what’s antisemitic? Acting like all Jews are Zionists. Like all Zionists are Jews. It’s antisemitic to assume those words are interchangeable, and it’s antisemitic to blame Jews for the actions of Zionists.
Another example of antisemitism: acting on some fucked up anti-fucking-semitic idea that that Zionists being shitty gives you the right to tell Jews what we can or can not call our own oppression, or the people who hurt us.
Antisemitism is not about Zionists. Zionists have fuck all to do with this conversation. "But Palestine!" is not a response to accusations of antisemtism unless you’re an antisemite.
You want the other side of your argument? Try asking how many Jews have been told that something isn’t antisemitic because ‘Other people are Semites too!’, as if we didn’t know that. And not told that we’re using the wrong word, but told that our oppression isn’t real until we use the word our oppressors want us to. I know that’s not what you’re saying, but it’s what I hear, because it’s what I’ve been told time and time again. So be mindful, and maybe don’t declare that this is your last word on the subject unless you want your last words to be antisemitic.
because a lot of people dont seem to get this:
- golems are from jewish folklore. dont treat them like a generic fantasy creature, thats appropriative
- kabbalah is a specifically jewish religious tradition. dont practice it if youre not jewish and dont use kabbalah symbolism as generic occult stuff, thats appropriative
- for the record if it has hebrew on it and it doesnt have anything to do with judaism its probably appropriative
- dont wear a magen david if youre not jewish, its used as a symbol for judaism so wearing it if youre a gentile is appropriative
- while im at it heres a rundown of some terms you should know
- goy: hebrew and yiddish for non-jewish person, it literally translates as “nation.” the plural form is goyim. goy is not a slur.
- gentile: english for non-jewish person
- anti-semitism: you probably know what this means but i just want to point out that the word anti-semitism was NOT coined by jews but by a german anti-semite who wanted a more scientific-sounding alternative to “judenhass,” which literally translates to “jew-hatred” so please shut up about how arabs are also semites. we know.
- if you’re not jewish you should also avoid using the word “jew” since many jewish people are uncomfortable with it (though i personally am fine with it). use “jewish person” instead if youre a gentile
please reblog this if you’re not jewish, i almost never see gentiles acknowledging cultural appropriation of judaism and anti-semitism on tumblr, even among people who otherwise pay close attention to such issues
Anonymous: I don't think Jew hating is on the rise it seems like it because of the Internet. But many many people all Thewout history have hatted Jews. Unless they live in a place where they where a majority. If you think this is bad imagine if you lived in 1930 in eroupe no one even tried to hide it back then.
Here’s a hint: the Shoah should not be used as a “gotcha” against Jews when we’re talking about antisemitism. To say “at least it isn’t a genocide” is disgusting. You are a disgusting anti-semite trying to cloak yourself in rationality. Here’s something: almost equally, Jews report that they think the rash of antisemitic violence comes from people who have right or left wing views.
- In the United Kingdom, there was a 400% rise in documented antisemitic incidents in the month of July compared to the year prior.
- In Germany, molotov cocktails have been thrown at a synagogue that had been destroyed during Kristallnacht.
- The EU reports that 66% of European Jews feel that antisemitism is on the rise, with 76% agreeing that antisemitic hatred had increased in the last five years.
- Annual total of antisemitic acts in France have risen seven times that what they were in the 1990s. This includes the targeted murder of Jewish children in Toulouse while they were attending school.
- In May, 2014, four people were murdered at a Jewish museum in Brussels.
- #UnBonJuif (A Good Jew) trended on Twitter in 2012. The majority of comments were along the lines of “A good Jew is a dead Jew”
- Ultra right wing nationalist parties in Ukraine, the UK, Greece, Hungary are are gaining more and more supporters. European nationalism is historically built on the blood of Jews.
This rash of antisemitic hatred started during the economic crisis because of the same, boring reasons as always: Jews are foreign parasites in Europe who are drinking the blood of the economy, without them we’d be better off, they’re too powerful.
A PSA on Jewishness, because apparently non-Jews just have to know this stuff and can’t figure it out on their own
Jews are an ethnic group. Global Jewry is made up of several different ethnic groups, the largest of which are: Sefardi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and western Europe; Ashkenazi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in central and eastern Europe; and Mizrahi Jews, whose ancestors historically lived in MENA (Middle East/North Africa). There are other groups of ethnic Jews living in other places in the world as well. Jews from all of these groups have moved across the world, largely due to persecution in their host countries, and formed new communities in new places, so that there may be longstanding communities of Ashkenazi Jews in France, and Sefardi Jews in Morocco.
All ethnic Jews have ancestral, genetic heritage stemming from the Levant (specifically, the area now known as Israel and/or Palestine). All Jews also have cultural heritage stemming from the Levant. This is no less important or relevant than genetic heritage.
Some Jews have mixed heritage (one Jewish parent only). They are also Jews. The matrilineal descent question is a question of Jewish religious law, and is interpreted differently by different Jewish denominations and individuals. (My personal stance is to affirm patrilineal descent.)
The religion historically practiced by Jews is Judaism. Ethnic Jews may practice any religion they please; this does not mean they are less Jewish in terms of their heritage. Non-ethnic Jews may convert to Judaism; this does not make them any less Jewish in terms of their religious practice. Judaism does not proselytize.
Judaism as a whole takes no global stance of Zionism as a political ideology. Different Jews have different opinions on Zionisms (plural intentional, because Zionism takes a lot of forms), and while they may be good or bad people, and you may agree or disagree with their politics, their Zionism or anti-Zionism does not inherently make them any more or less Jewish.
The question of Jewish identity is ultimately not the purview of non-Jews. It is nothing more or less than gross arrogance for non-Jews to assume that their opinions on this question are remotely relevant or of interest to Jews, and the persistent insertion of some non-Jews into these private conversation is extremely offensive.
If you are not Jewish, and have written, or are considering writing, a post on Jewish identity/ethnicity, I have some advice for you: don’t. You almost certainly don’t know what you’re talking about, and you definitely can’t have a better understanding of these complex issues than someone who is actually Jewish themselves. If you really feel, for some inexplicable reason, that you simply must weigh in on this issue, consult an actual Jew before doing so.
Shalom, let me take a moment to introduce TransJewry — the TL;DR? A blog whose primary aim is transgender and non-binary Jews of all backgrounds, which posts resources and materials that are otherwise extremely difficult to find as a small community.
I talk more about myself and the blog here, but feel free to ask questions or share resources. I would love for this to be shared, so that this becomes an active and easily accessible resource for those who need it!