Anonymous: What exactly do Zionists believe?

fuckyeajews:

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.

Posted 2 weeks ago
Ecumenical Organization Hopes To Assist LGBT-Affirming Congregations Minister To Bisexual Members →

bisexual-community:

Ecumenical Organization Hopes To Assist LGBT-Affirming Congregations Minister To Bisexual Members

“In the silence, bisexual people are left wondering who will stand with them. Both in the faith world and the LGBT world there are great gaps in understanding. This guide can help religious and movement leaders to serve the whole community.”

The Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, has released a guidebook for inclusive religious spaces of those with fluid sexualities. The guide book, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible the Visible in Faith Communities, aims to aid congregation’s minister to bisexual people and their families.

This first of its kind book urges faith leaders to break the silence on bisexuality and fully welcome bisexual people into their congregations. It’s particularly timely because while the LGBT movement has seen great progress in recent years— with marriage equality taking center stage — even that conversation has largely been limited to couples in which both partners identify as gay or lesbian. There has been little to no conversation on same-sex or opposite sex marriages in which one or both individuals identify as bisexual, nor larger attention paid to other issues of relevance to bisexual people.

Questions that the guidebook aims to answer include: How can a congregation become welcoming and inclusive of bisexuals? What does Scripture say about bisexuality? Can a minister or rabbi be openly bisexual and serve a congregation? … It’s a multi faith compilation full of stories and resources that’ll help religious communities take the necessary steps towards full inclusion of sexual and gender minorities.

"This guidebook is designed to help congregations understand bisexuality and to encourage faith communities to “make the invisible visible.” Our hope is that religious leaders and congregations will use this guidebook to inspire theological reflection and action in their faith communities. This guidebook is written to address the broad spectrum of American congregations. It is our hope that the information it contains will be relevant or adaptable to Jewish, Christian, Unitarian Universalist, and Islamic faith communities.”

Click HERE to read the full article


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Posted 3 weeks ago
mid-childan-puella-magi: 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 :-)

fuckyeajews:

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!

Posted 4 weeks ago

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.

Posted 4 weeks ago
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?

Posted 1 month ago
Posted 1 month ago

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.

Posted 1 month ago
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.

Posted 1 month ago
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?

Posted 1 month ago

zeeziegallifrey:

baruchobramowitz:

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.

(via shitrichcollegekidssay)

Posted 2 months ago

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.

Posted 2 months ago
Posted 2 months ago
prochoicehumor:

itsawomansworld2:

Gisella Perl (1907-1988) was a Jewish gynecologist born in Romania (in an area then part of Hungary). From Wikipedia:

"She was deported along with her family to Auschwitz concentration camp, where she lost both her husband and only son as well as her extended family and parents. She was given the task of working as a doctor within the camp, helping the inmates through their disease and discomfort, which she had to do without the bare necessities: antiseptic, clean wipes, even running water. She is most famous, however, for saving the lives of hundreds of mothers by aborting their pregnancies, as pregnant mothers were often beaten and killed or used by Dr. Josef Mengele for vivisection.”

She survived the camp and eventually traveled to New York where she at first came under suspicion for having worked as an aid to the Nazis. Having being cleared of all charges, she took up her former work as a gynecologist. She delivered 3000 babies and became an expert in infertility treatments. 

It’s so disgusting when people compare doctors who perform abortions to Hitler, especially since people like them saved lives during the Holocaust.

prochoicehumor:

itsawomansworld2:

Gisella Perl (1907-1988) was a Jewish gynecologist born in Romania (in an area then part of Hungary). From Wikipedia:

"She was deported along with her family to Auschwitz concentration camp, where she lost both her husband and only son as well as her extended family and parents. She was given the task of working as a doctor within the camp, helping the inmates through their disease and discomfort, which she had to do without the bare necessities: antiseptic, clean wipes, even running water. She is most famous, however, for saving the lives of hundreds of mothers by aborting their pregnancies, as pregnant mothers were often beaten and killed or used by Dr. Josef Mengele for vivisection.

She survived the camp and eventually traveled to New York where she at first came under suspicion for having worked as an aid to the Nazis. Having being cleared of all charges, she took up her former work as a gynecologist. She delivered 3000 babies and became an expert in infertility treatments. 

It’s so disgusting when people compare doctors who perform abortions to Hitler, especially since people like them saved lives during the Holocaust.

(via semiticsemantics)

Posted 2 months ago

wazerwifles:

peppersongg:

fyeahcracker:

What the fuuuuuuck this is so fucking disgusting and antisemitic what the fuuuuUCKKKKK

He wore this costume while performing ‘Thrift Shop’ and doesn’t think it’s anti-semitic. i’m fucking done.

Fuck goyim 2014

(Source: hiphoplaboratory, via jerusalemsunrise)

Posted 2 months ago
6myth: So I've been reading about this macklemore fiasco today and I keep coming across comments such as "you're racist for thinking that is a Jewish costume" and similar. Is this clearly a stereotypical caricature or is there room for interpretation here? I ask because honestly I'm not well versed in what is or isn't a jewish stereotype.

kohenari:

Regardless of his claim that he just randomly picked a few unrelated elements and turned it into a costume, Macklemore dressed up as a long-standing and very well-known caricature of a Jewish man.

To be clear, I know a lot of Jewish men and Macklemore’s not dressed the way Jewish men look; he’s dressed the way anti-Semites portray Jews:

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My guess is that somewhere between 99% and 100% of Jews would immediately recognize this costume, as would between 99% and 100% of anti-Semites.

Now, it’s possible that he’s clueless about this. But it’s hard to believe that he’s surrounded by an untold number of clueless people.

And presuming he’s totally clueless, after people made him aware of it, all he needed to do is tweet, “I’m so sorry for my costume. I wasn’t thinking and I made a terrible mistake. I wish I’d caught myself and changed my outfit, but I didn’t and that’s my fault.” Instead, he tweets that it’s not what we think it is.

Posted 2 months ago