A man goes to see his Rabbi in a panic, and he gets there and he says, “Rabbi you’ll never guess what! My son has run away to become a Christian!” And the Rabbi responds, “Well you’ll never guess what! My son has also run away to become a Christian!” So the man asks the Rabbi what to do and the Rabbi says that they should pray to G-d. So they pray and tell him of their plight and G-d replies, “You’ll never guess what!”

- An old Hasidic joke that my Dad likes to tell me

A handful of Jewish quotes that we should all keep in mind

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” - Talmud

“Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof” (Justice, Justice you shall pursue) - Torah

“If you were there and the Romans or Babylonians were about to destroy Jerusalem, and you had the power to something about it, would you sit and mourn and cry? Or would you turn world upside down to change history? So, what is stopping you? Overturn the world today!” - R"Menachem Mendel Scheerson

“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest” - Elie Wiesel

“the status of those who observe oppression and remain silent is equal to the status of those who commit the oppression themselves”- Ibn Ezra

It’s easy to forget that the binary gender system was created, upheld, and globalized by Western Europeans. Gender roles are so ingrained in our society that they become naturalized. In reality, “male” and “female” only existed as a binary in a few Western European nations until the 18th century, when they spread around the world through colonization, imperialism, and war. Of course, there were sex roles before then, but they weren’t on a binary and didn’t influence the minutiae of everyday life as they do now. Even among Eastern European Jews, we had six “genders” spanning from what we might now label as intersex or nonbinary (androgynos/אַנְדְּרוֹגִינוֹס) to trans women (saris/סריס). These classifications are hundreds of years old and have been used for just as long. I draw attention to this to phenomenon not to deny complicity within the system of gender roles but instead to point out to how subjective, time-specific, and unnatural they are to our society.

This is just a shout out to all those Jews in public music programs that have to perform Christmas music in December. Orchestra, band, choir, guitar, whatever.

A shout out to the Jews who are called inhumane and rude for not liking Christmas music, to the Jews who are scolded for not participating in Christmas Spirit.

A shout out to the Jews who can’t even complain that it’s all Christmas music because someone inevitably says something like “We know you’re a Jew, can you just shut up already?”

A shout out to the Jews who are forced by their class or group to participate in Christmas Spirit and get dressed up as though they’re funny little dolls in Santa hats and reindeer horns and candy canes and all the other commercial Christmas vomit.

A shout out to the Jews that feel like they have to hide their discomfort and their Jewishness during the December/winter concert for the sake of easing the nerves of people who don’t want to hear anything other than sleigh bells.

A shout out to the Jews that have to hear “Just because you’re Jewish doesn’t mean you shouldn’t like Christmas!”

A shout out to the Jews who feel too stereotypical for disliking Christmas music.


Stereotypical assumptions aside, Spider-Man’s dialogue has been frequently littered with a surprising amount of Yiddish. Oy vey! 🕍

I get told sometimes that I seem very angry about religion. Yes, I am angry. I’m angry that I was lied to. I’m angry that I was brainwashed. I’m angry that I was taught to be religious before I could even do basic math. I’m angry because religion infects your brain, and it’s very hard to get away from the constant fear and guilt that is instilled in you before the age of reason.

Palace of Tobiah  (Qasr al-Abd)

Iraq al-amir, Jordan

200 BCE

Although little is known for definite about the history of Qasr al-Abd it is widely believed to have been built by a Tobiad notable, Hyrcanus of Jerusalem, head of the powerful Jewish Tobiad family and governor of Ammon. Credence for this theory is gained from the fact that the Hebrew name ‘Tuvya’ or 'Toviyya’ (Tobias) is engraved (טוביה but in a more Aramaic script) above the adjacent burial caves of Iraq al-Amir, which share their name with the nearby village.

The heavily decorated two-storey stone structure (measuring about 40 metres by 20 metres, and 13 metres high) is a rare example of Hellenistic architecture in Jordan. In the 1st century AD, Flavius Josephus described it as, “A strong fortress, which was constructed entirely of white marble up to the very roof and had beasts of gigantic size carved on it; and he enclosed it with a wide and deep moat”. The castle is built from some of the largest single blocks of any building in the Middle East, with the largest block measuring seven by three metres. However, these blocks were at most only 40 centimetres wide (making the building relatively vulnerable to the earthquake which destroyed it).