I am Jewish and I love Muslims.
I love Muslims because half of my friends are Muslims. 
I love Muslims because every time I visit Morocco, my Muslim friends are ready to embrace me and tell me “welcome to your second home.” 

I eat with them. I go out with them. I sing and dance with them. 
I laugh with them. I cry with them. I sleep in their homes.
Whenever I have a problem, they are at my side immediately.

I will never succumb to Islamophobia and I will never accept those who label Muslims as terrorists.
I will always respect and cherish my Muslim friends and I will never show hostility toward any Muslim.”

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i really love mitzvot though like

G-d is the Source of all that is good in the world so G-d gives us this - to-do list, sort of, that will make us better people. how good is that?! it’s like, literally infallible advice

and then the other aspect is just like. it’s this really common metaphor that G-d is the husband of b’nei yisrael, and like. we’re separated from our husband, from Avinu shebashamayim, from the One who loves us more than we could even imagine, and so what do we get? a constant sign of G-d’s presence. like i can’t really name a moment in my life where mitzvot are absent from my thoughts or deeds. it’s like, “ot hi l’olmei ad, beino u’veini”, like. it’s hard to describe. i love that i’m constantly reminded of G-d’s presence, in almost everything i do. it makes me really happy. thank You.

Question Wednesday

Normally we do Question Tuesday, but seeing as yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day we postponed until today.

As a child, I never saw many Jews on TV or in movies. The closest thing I got to what my family was like was the Rugrats Channukah movie. For the most part, I saw Jews being ridiculed and mocked. For a young child seeing this things, I felt I should hide my Judaism, be ashamed of it. That if anyone asked I should say “but I’m not really Jewish, I don’t believe in God” just so I could be accepted. My questions for you today are these: How has the way Jews are represented in the media affected you as a Jew? Do you feel we’re shown as a stereotype? As the most common stereotype is of the Ashkenazi ethnotype, how do those of you who are not Ahskenazi feel about your representation? And lastly, what do they, the media, need to do to change how they represent Jews?

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Gesher Tzar Meod

Judith Silver, Cantor Shayna Postman, and Cantor Ayelet Piatigorsky perform Gesher by Judith Silver. The piece was performed on December 4, 2010, during the Fourth Shalshelet International Festival at Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York City. See shalshelet.org for more information about Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical music.

If I had the power, I would add an 11th commandment to the already existing 10: “You should never be a bystander”.
—  Roman Kent, Holocaust survivor, in his speech on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. January 27, 2015.