At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.
Hi! I am a Gentile author, and I wish to add a pair of Jewish characters to my most recent writing work, which features a very large amount of Monsters as characters. I want to make sure they’re both as fleshed out and lovable as all my other characters, so I’ve been doing my research. I’m close to done, so I wanted to send an ask your way!
The characters are Armel, a Werebear gentleman, and his daughter, a Golem named Ava. In the story, Ava is the leader of a local Biker Gang called the Wild Hunt, and Armel is retired, but he houses and hides Ava’s girlfriend, Sofia, when she is targeted by a rival gang.
A key point of both the characters’ backstories is that Armel, at a young age, became stranded in the woods which surrounded his rural home, and was taken into a Fae community, which fostered him until adulthood, in return for him teaching them about Judaism. Is this alright? I’ve looked into Reform Judaism (the type of Judaism he practices, chosen for being more lenient), and nothing I’ve found speaks against interacting with Fairies. If there is anything forbidding the teaching of the faith to outsiders, I’ve not read it, as long as the convert is willing to learn and grow and be a part of the community.
The reason I wished for Armel to teach was because of the second character, Ava. I’m trying to go for more traditional depictions of the characters, and I know that Golems were traditionally created (in folklore) by Rabbi to protect Jewish communities. while I know he’d have been nowhere close to an actual Rabbi, I was hoping his position as a teacher would count. Ava is by no means a traditional Golem, possessing a personality and mind of her own (probably due to pesky fairy magic). If this is disrespectful in any way, I will be sure to change it.
And a final question: I’ve not been able to get a definite answer as to the nature of lineage in Reform Judaism. Some sources tell me your Mother determines your status of being Jewish/gentile, while others say it’s your father’s side of the family. If you know which, I’d be very thankful to know! :D
Thank you so much for reading my (stupidly long) ask, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting your reply!
1. Teaching outsiders about our culture and faith is okay; it doesn’t make them Jewish, though– the fairies would have to actually convert on purpose (which it doesn’t sound like is part of your story; don’t worry about that.) I also think it’s very sweet that even as a child his Jewishness was important enough to him to maintain it even without other Jewish adults around. There are countless stories of kids who got rescued by Christian families and were therefore raised Christian, so I like your version.
2. The Golem sounds fine to me but I’m no expert. I do know that the golem in The Golem and the Jinni definitely has her own mind and personality, although you can tell that in some ways she’s totally different from human personalities.
3. Some other denominations of Judaism hold that descent is entirely matrilineal but from what I’ve heard of Reform, either parent being Jewish + raised in a Jewish household is enough. (The reason for matrilineal descent is that, with the exception of trans pregnancy, you absolutely know who your mother is because you literally were in her womb.)
hello yes it’s me with another book rec for y’all. so this is a series of 3 books + two shorts (link to goodreads) and it’s HISTORICAL M/M (18+ as usual on this blog my dears)
like listen the historical part is so well done bc the plot is deeply steeped in actual historical events and issuses (especially politics, FASHION, class, women’s rights, references to literature e.g. William Blake or Frankenstein - like this one character is like “a woman wrote this book???? what on earth?????” and the other (Silas aka the love of my life) is like //rolls eyes shut up why does it matter, it’s a masterpiece aye?)
+ the langugage is just. so well done (accurate swear words are very important to me), those books are so well written, the plot gripping, the romance always so amazing (like, come on, it’s K.J. Charles after all) (when i was reading book 3 i wanted to highlight EVERYTHING i’m a sucker for K.J.’s writing)
and it’s diverse. the characters are gay, bisexual, demisexual, trans, POC, there are hints of polyamory, D/s relations
(alright but Will and Shakespeare deserve their own book)
the women are all ♥♥♥ amazing, and honestly it’s so comofortable to read, an m/m book where women are valid and important and treated with respect (Zoe!! and Verona, and David’s mother aka my actual mom)
the Ricardians are my loves, all of them tbh, AND SILAS. i hope you’ll all love Silas, my gentle soft radical
and David Cyprian
ASH (GABRIEL BC HE’S HEAVENLY) my actual fave
and honestly all of them
i should probably mention it’s very hot (book 2…… my guys……… fire emojis x1000), A+++ sex scenes, very amazing, “I might have an apoplexy”
and it’s just a delightful read. beautifully crafted, interesting, tender and romantic
i’m in love
(i know the covers are a bit ugly but please ignore and trust me)
maybe also check out this post which is hilarious but a bit spoilery (like it tells you who is the couple in book 2, but it’s such a delight to be getting hints and actually discover it for yourself while reading book 1) (well if you read the blurbs you’ll also know but shh)
My piece for the @jsamnfanart gift exchange! It’s for @profdrlachfinger‘s prompt of Stephen and the Gentleman dancing in Lost Hope. I really wanted to go with a stained glass look again, as I felt it’d suit them
40s Bucky comes into your room and your completely hopeless on what to wear today. He insist on helping you get dressed. From putting on your stockings, your bra, and zipping up your dress. But all he wants to do the opposite😈
“Doll, I need to be a gentleman and leave now” he whispers lowly with his hand on the door knob.
“What if I don’t want you to be a gentlemen” you say quietly and with his back turned to you all you hear is “fuck it” muttered under his breath before he’s on you.
A/N:This is the other one, the last one was the Golden Trio Era so this one is the Marauders Era. Like I said in the other one, I do not own any of these gifs, I just searched the interwebs for awhile till I found some I liked.
(There will be a separate post for the Golden Trio Era guys posted at the same time, I’m just doing it in separate posts so I can later organize them in my masterlist better)
Warnings: Little bit of NSFW, cause James and Sirius…ya know. (It’s not really that bad)
This needs to be cleared up first, everyone assumes that Remus is like, super shy and would never make the first move, but I get the impression that he’s just a gentleman and wants everything to be perfect and romantic for you, but he’s not afraid to get a bit feisty. I also think he’d love your fingers running through his hair.
“Are you sure you’re comfortable, love?”
I’m not ashamed to say that this is the one character I’ve been waiting to find a gif for. Sirius is literally down for whatever, he’s just a horn-dog (Ha get it, ‘dog’). But in all seriousness, he just wants to make you feel good. I believe he’d be particularly fond of lip and neck bites.
“It’s only a kiss, babe.” *wink wink*
Okay, so, it was between this gif and a more goofy one. I’m a firm believer that James is a little shit and would tease the hell out of you before actually kissing you, but he also is definitely an over confident and cocky little shit who’s dominate as hell. Similar to Sirius in that way, but James is, ya know, a little shit.
“C’mon love, I just want to play.” (More winks) *wink wink*