The Unvarnished Truth

Spiritual teachers, like law professors and philosophers, like to speak in riddles. They like to “make us think for ourselves”. I am guilty of this myself. This time I am going to approach it differently. I am going to write the unvarnished truth.

Here goes:

Nobody knows what happens after we die. Moses didn’t know. The Buddha didn’t know. Jesus didn’t know. Mohammed didn’t know. The Pope doesn’t know. The Dalai Lama doesn’t know. I don’t know and neither do you. Reason tells us that nobody has ever died and come back to give us the details. Dead is dead. Nobody has ever talked to God. All stories of such things are mythology or the ramblings of the mad. We don’t know if there is reincarnation. We do not know if there is enlightenment or moksha. Nobody knows these things. 

However, many people BELIEVE these things and just as nobody knows that they are real and exist likewise nobody knows for certain that they are false and don’t exist. This means two things. The first is that worrying about what happens after we die is a waste of energy. The second is that so long as your beliefs give you comfort and make you more compassionate and loving then more power to you. If your belief system causes you to be cruel, to war or to hate then your beliefs are without a doubt false. 

Concern yourself with living. Live life for no other reason than to live. Be kind. Be loving. Be compassionate. Be generous. Respect and care for your elders. Protect and guide your children. Love. Love one another always. Do this and you will be prepared for whatever happens after we die.

anonymous asked:

is it racist to headcanon a character as jewish when I am not jewish myself? it's not due to racist stereotypes, just "has hair that is thick and curly" and a name that name sites say is Yiddish in origin. on the one hand, it doesn't ~feel~ bad to me, but I'm white so that means nothing; and I know the autistic community is against allistic folks hc'ing autistic characters, so I was wondering if the same applies here or not, I guess? (& sorry, I just dunno where to ask; don't follow many blogs)

b/c you’re white and goyische it feels weird to me? 

and both of those things are jewish stereotypes…

i mean, it’s good to not assume that every character you read about is white and Christian but don’t pretend like that’s a noble act. 

it’s weird to me that you would develop a strong headcanon in the first place, because at least for me those tend to develop in response to looking for representations of yourself in media… but i’m a jewish chicana lesbian so i’m sort of hurting for representation

i wouldn’t necessarily say it’s bad but it’s not something i would praise highly either


your fave is Jewish: Scarlett Johansson

Don’t let the Scandinavian last name fool you! Scarlett Johansson is Jewish, and here’s a little of how we know:

-Scarlett’s mother, Melanie Sloan, is Jewish, which automatically qualifies her as Jewish by birth. [x]

-Scarlett has actually said that she considers herself to be Jewish and is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage in interviews. Not only is her mother Jewish, but Scarlett states that she grew up observing the Shabbat and Jewish holidays such as Passover and Chanukkah. [x]

-On working with Woody Allen, Scarlett attributed their bond to some of the things they had in common, including being Jewish. [x]

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So, I was wondering if someone could explain something to me. I’ve seen two separate posts now that saying using Golems in fantasy fiction is a form of cultural appropriation. Could someone explain why this is when using, say, a griffin in a non-Greek based story or a Qilin in a non-Chinese based story would not be? The closest thing I can think of is because they are commonly depicted as protecting Jewish communities. Is that why?

For Those That Complain About Religions Are Inherently Misogynistic

Judaism honors many strong female leaders in its holy books, from Rebecca to Deborah to Judith.

Christianity’s first followers were mostly female because the religion offered a way for women to take up leadership positions and pursue alternate paths of life that didn’t involve marriage.

The prophet Muhammed was nothing but respectful of his powerful wife Khadijah and the Quran gave women many rights other religions of the time didn’t give them and, unlike Christianity, Islam does not view women as having no soul.

Are the holy books of all the major religions problematic? Yes. They contain problematic elements that were accepted during their times, and one must remember that most were written down thousands of years ago. However, all major religions have a core message of peace, love and compassion. Religion is dynamic and it changes over time to fit in with modern times. Ignoring this leads to fundamentalism or, alternately, a disdain for all things religious.

I’m not saying religions have not been used and abused and you shouldn’t critique them at all. By all means, call out Pope Francis for being problematic or whatever you want. But if you’re an atheist, don’t act as if you’re somehow holier and more accepting than us religious folk. Imagine what people in a few millenia will be saying about the rampant misogyny of the atheist movement now at a time when most religions are turning the clock forward.

anonymous asked:

i'm really sorry to bother you, but i was hoping you could shed some light on this--i'm not jewish by ethnicity or birth/conversion, but i've been interested in converting for quite a while now. however, for a bunch of reasons (very uncomfortable with asking my mother about it since she wouldn't respect it at best, no synagogues/rabbis/etc. anywhere nearby where i live, and so forth), i can't convert or seriously think about doing so--bc of this, is it wrong for me to abide by/follow as (cont)

(cont) much of the mitzvot as i can given my circumstances/fast on the appointed days/keep kosher, etc.? as in, given my unlikely-to-change status as unconverted and thus not really a jewish person, what crosses the line and becomes cultural appropriation/an act of disrespect? i would really like to do as much as is acceptable, but the absolute last thing i want to do is overstep my boundaries, and–yeah. (i’m really sorry for bothering you about this/if any of this is at all gross already!)

i’m really sorry about your situation :( i hope it gets better. thank you so much for asking this question in the first place! it’s not everyone who’s so sensitive to others.

 i personally wouldn’t find this disrespectful. there is the caveat, though, that according to jewish law, non-Jews are forbidden to keep Shabbat since it’s an intimate moment between Jews and G-d, and is intrinsically tied to our nature as the people to whom the Torah was given. so, if you find yourself in a position of fully keeping Shabbat (which is very difficult in the first place), be sure to flick a light switch or strike a match or something at least once over the day. 

i’m not sure why you’d want to, though? you aren’t obligated at all. but if it makes you happy, go for it!

Atheism is not a reaction based on specific circumstances or events in one’s life. Even though it can be for some, becoming an atheist for me was very gradual, from years of research into spirituality and discussing a wide range of different religions with believers. It has allowed me to obtain a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for religion and to not look down upon anyone who follows a religion. Meanwhile, for myself, it has strengthened my atheism, as I have taken great solace in the serene concept of non-belief.


You might want to ‘ignore’ (in Settings) shower-anon so that they cannot send you messages (so, especially relevant if you often post in the jewish tags). They sent me pictures of our dead. 

Please reblog to get the word out if you know you have Jewish followers.

Selected News Stories About Antisemitism and Antisemitic Violence from the Past Year:

Information and Opinions on Yom HaShoah:

Information about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (the date of Yom HaShoah was chosen for its proximity to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising):

Last Year’s Post on Yom HaShoah

May the memories of all we have lost be for a blessing.

UGH, all over fucking Tumblr, everyone’s like “Remember the 6 million Jews today…but you know who else died?” and then talks about all the other groups.

Today is not for everyone.  It is for us.  There are days out there for everyone.  Some of the other groups, I believe, have their own days that they chose and set aside to mourn their own loss.

But today, Yom haShoah, is about the Jews who were brutalized, tortured, experimented on, and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Trying to make today about other groups, especially if you’re not Jewish, is antisemitic.  It is telling us that we don’t have a right to a day of mourning.  It is minimizing Jewish suffering, as well as the suffering of the others who died, because you’re using them as a cheap weapon against Jews.

In conclusion:

But you don’t HAVE to be.  Be better, and respect others.  Now get the fuck out of our tags for ONE FUCKING DAY.

shout out to the jews who get triggered by discussions of the holocaust + all things related and because of that, can’t post or talk about the holocaust today in grief and remembrance. we aren’t the ones that need to remember - we are already reminded constantly through antisemitism in the form of holocaust denial, holocaust jokes, and more, when we aren’t simply remembering because it has left a scar on our memories as a people - and we and our families have done more than enough suffering already; don’t talk about or do anything that will trigger you or make you unsafe today if you don’t want to. keeping yourself safe and healthy can be an act of respect and acknowledgement in itself.

An “angel” is anything that carries out a mission for God. This includes forces of nature. […] Photosynthesis? That’s an angel. Gravity? An angel. Magnetism? Angel. The Midrash in Bereishis Rabbah (chapter 1) says than an angel only performs one job. That job doesn’t have to be destroying Sodom; it could be peristalsis, centripetal force or condensation.
—  Rabbi Jack Abramowitz, Angels

Any Jew above the age of seven had to wear a yellow badge of felt on his or her outer clothing, six inches by three inches. This was the law in England, not Germany, and in 1275, not 1935. Fifteen years later, all Jews were expelled from England so the king could confiscate their property and wealth.