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!

intosnarkness:

eliasand:

returnofthejudai:

debigotizer:

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.  

-Yeva

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. 

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Posted 6 days ago
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 1 month 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


Eliel Cruz Bisexual Christian. Freelance Writer at huffington post, policymic, the advocate magazine, believe out loud on religion, sexuality, media, and culture.

You are invited to join the Bisexual People of Faith page on Facebook. A community for bisexual people from all faith, religious, spiritual, spirit and wisdom traditions.

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Posted 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago
Posted 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 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 3 months ago
Posted 3 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 3 months ago