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25/4/17 Lest We Forget. It is the first year I have managed to get right through the dawn service without a tear. Every year they sing my mum’s favourite hymn, which was sung at hers and my Grandads funeral. He too was a serviceman. Every year it brings back lots of sad memories. But they are my memories and no one can take them from me.

enecoo  asked:

What are the most common misconceptions that you hear from non-jews about Judaism or Jews? :o

1. Judaism is basically ‘ethnic’ Christianity.

This one mostly (but not always) comes from culturally Christian atheists, who think that everything they were taught growing up- especially the bits they don’t like- comes from my lot. We don’t believe in original sin, we don’t believe in Hell. So all those smug posts about ‘well teeeechnically we’re all going to Hell because the Torah says-’ are, um, categorically false. Stop reblogging them, peeps.

2. ‘Jews think that…’

No, we don’t. Judaism is, essentially, a millennia-old argument with G-d. I guarantee you that whatever you are about to say, there’s a Jew arguing precisely the opposite because we are the finickiest people known to man.

3. Anything using halacha or Torah to justify/deny the existence of Israel.

don’t do this goyim just don’t

4. We secretly control the world.

This ranges from overt conspiracy theories (my favourite so far is the one where we’re all told in secret that we’re going to Hell by our rabbis, so we have to cause as much pain to the people who are going to Heaven as we can, because it’s like I’m a secret agent) to slightly subtler methods, like arguing John Key got his job because of the Jewish influence on New Zealand. A brief maths exercise: even if by some astonishing coincidence every single Jew in New Zealand voted National (all six thousand of us), how many times would we have to have voted to drown out the four and a half million gentiles in this country who all voted New Zealand First?

5. We’re all white.

This one is… complicated. I mean, you can look at Watto from Star Wars or the Happy Merchant cartoon or Nazi propaganda and see that we aren’t seen as white, or why would those be seen, specifically, as cartoons of Jews? Not all Jews are Askenazim, and not all Ashkenazim are white. Often, the idea of ‘white’ makes no sense outside of the US.  I’m light-skinned and Ashkenazi, and I usually pass for white. My older sister was blonde, my brothers have black curly hair and classically Jewish features, my younger sister’s black-haired and olive-skinned. My mother would be white-passing if she didn’t wear a tichel- as it is, people tend to guess that she’s Lebanese. We are, after all, from the Levant and not Invercargill.

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Prince Harry meets members of the Public outside the National War Memorial on May 9, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images AsiaPac

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Prince Harry speaks with members of the Student Volunteer Army during a visit to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand on May 12, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

Photoaday 22 May 2014

After a hard day at work I decided to take a walk in queens park on my way home, since it was a lovely sunny day, and the sun was just beginning to set. By chance I spotted this at the base of a tree, lovely fallen leaves arrangement- interesting way to gather them up! No idea why, and the gale force winds forecast tomorrow will be sure to wreck it!

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Prince Harry is presented with a daisy by two young children as he walks to church on Stewart Island on May 10, 2015 in Oban, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

Source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images AsiaPac