On the Gishwhes Facebook live stream today I asked a question in the comments section. I wanted to know if the winners trip accommodates Jewish people who can only eat kosher, like me.
I got a lovely response from a previous winner, as well as an informative one from the official Gishwhes.
And then I get a comment from some hateful gisher who wants to know if she’ll be accommodated if she only eats k**e.
Of all the places to experience vehement antisemitism and to have a slur directed at me on Tisha B'Av of all days, I didn’t expect it from the Gishwhes community. Not gonna lie, I’m nearing tears. If you know the history of Tisha B’Av, you’ll know why this is making me have a more emotional response than I normally would have.
I’ve never been called that before. And the first time it happens to me is connected to Gishwhes, the thing that brings me some of the happiest moments in my life.
Am I over-reacting? I don’t know. But honestly this has made it real to me, more than anything else, that antisemitism really is everywhere. If I can experience it from Gishwhes, there’s really nowhere to get away from it.