Okay here’s why gentiles celebrating Jewish holidays is fundamentally wrong
here are some of our holiday: passover (escaping slavery), channukkah (resisting assimilation under threat of genocide), purim (escaping genocide). See a pattern? Most of jewish history is about being punted around from place to place because no one wants us between pogroms, ghettoes and shtetls.
When you celebrate a Jewish holiday as a non-Jew, you take our history of suffering and turn it into your little party and then happily step out of it. You play dress up as a Jew with no care for the suffering of actual Jews, historical and modern.
Now this is ESPECIALLY bad when Christians do it. Lots of times it was Christians instigating pogroms, confining us to ghettoes and trying as hard as they could to destroy our cultures. You don’t get to profit off of 2,000 years of systematic destruction and then pretend you’re Jewish.
While we’re here. Messanic Jews ARENT jews.
a lot of the stuff I see about celebrating Jewish holidays (particularly passover) is that you all want to do what Jesus did. How ever, please consider:
1) Jesus was Jewish. He was born a Jew and died a Jew
2) you are not Jewish
Most Jewish families LOVE to share their holidays and culture. If you’re interested in learning, there are networks to help people find seders. But above all remember you are a guest. Eating someone else’s food in someone else’s house and having someone else’s culture graciously shared with you.
and if you REALLY need to celebrate Jewish holidays yourself, consider why and maybe look into conversion.
So it’s Yom HaShoah today (that’s Holocaust Remembrance Day for the goy in the room) and I’ve been trying to think of something meaningful or insightful to say for most of yesterday. I’m sure most of the people who follow me aren’t Jewish and that’s fine, but because you’re not you will never understand the mental space the Holocaust takes up for us. I think about it all the time, it’s place in a wider Jewish story. In 2015 the world Jewish population finally reached the same level as it was in 1939. Think about that for a moment, it took us over 70 years to recover. When my Grandfather the son of European immigrants was born in 1924 there were about 9,500,000 Jews living in Europe, today 93 years later there are 1.4 million, in the countries of Eastern Europe there were 4.7 million Jews before the war, 867,000 in 1945 and only 70,000 today. Poland was 10% Jewish over 3 million Jews, speaking their own language, Yiddish. 90% of Polands Jews died, today only about 80,000 Jews live in Poland after 800 years as the beating heart of European Jewry. Yiddish went from 10 million native speakers to an all but dead language. The world of my great-grandparents is gone, I can never go back to where they came from because it’s gone, in the blink of an eye. However in some ways their world is alive and well, tonight, the night of Yom HaShoah over 7 million French people voted for a party founded by an anti-semitic fascist Holocaust denier. His Daughter that party’s candidate for President, the person over 7 million French voters wanted as their President, just this week denied any French responsibility for the deportation of France’s Jews to death camps. She gets to be in the run off election in two weeks and polls say 40% of French people will vote for her, she wants to BAN the wearing of Yarmulkes in public. And today of all days France choose not to reject her but move her forward. Never Again means Never Forget.
At least 15 million africans died during The Middle Passage. This is not an obscure fact. This is a fact that is known. However it does not make it into our text growing up. How many jews died during the Holocaust?
That is a number that you know, as you SHOULD. And you’ll never forget it. But how come we don’t know this? Is it because black lives don’t matter?
/* Note: this post discusses left-wing responses to Charlottesville from a Jewish perspective. It isn’t a commentary on the march as a whole, all of the groups targeted, or the ideology of the marchers (right-wing neo-Nazis). */
In the days since Charlottesville, I have seen a bunch of very stupid and offensive responses from the left, the political camp that I myself am aligned with. But this tweet from Malcolm Harris, an editor at the lefty internet publication The New Inquiry, might be the most shocking, offensive and cruel.
Harris pulled a screengrab from a reform Jewish website with two articles, one about Charlottesville and one a human interest story about Israeli-American exchange at a summer camp, captioning it: “Reform Judaism: “Only 1/3 white nationalist!””
In the days following a violent neo-Nazi rally, in which racist and antisemitic protestor waved swastikas and openly called for the death of Jews, Harris saw fit to tweet this. Why? How can someone call themselves anti-racist while tweeting something so breathtakingly ignorant?
First, let’s unpack what this tweet means. “Reform Judaism” is a less religiously strict form of Judaism so the first implication of this tweet is that Judaism itself is “white nationalist” and Jews who follow stricter interpretations would be more “white nationalist.” The second implication is that Reform Jews, who place a value on liberalism and assimilation, are cynically lying about who they are. They present themselves as having disavowed the supposedly reactionary elements of their faith but are really hypocrites and racists.
Why is Judaism reactionary and racist? Because of “Zionism,” here defined in the most capacious way possible. Harris doesn’t provide an instance of Reform rabbis calling Jews to kick Palestinians off their land, merely of Israel-American exchange at a summer camp. This is part of a general trend on the left. Any Jew’s relationship to or interest in Israel is pathologized as violent, racist and fascistic. The range of Jewish opinion on Israel are lumped together and dismissed along with its most reactionary and oppressive forms, and Jews’ personal ties to Israel (e.g. concern for their family or friends) or cultural interest in it (e.g. seeing Israeli films or learning Modern Hebrew) is scrutinized. In doing this, Jewish history itself is whitewashed. The millions of Israeli Jews who are indigenous to the Middle East or Africa and have no ties to Europe are erased. The complicated geographic and cultural narratives of a people whose communities have been destroyed are reduced to a single narrative of white land theft.
Harris’ tweet contains an even more insidious accusation: that Judaism itself is “white nationalist,” not merely reactionary. The implication is that Jews are unworthy victims and are, in fact, the same as their oppressors. They are not victims of Nazism but instead part of the racist reactionary movement that draws its strength from the legacy of the Holocaust and still identifies Jews as a primary target.
This is a form of soft Holocaust denial. I don’t know what else to call it. It’s heartbreaking that so many people will read this and think it’s acceptable. They will internalize the idea that Jews are the “real Nazis” and that Judaism itself is racist. They will think this is what it means to be a socialist or an anti-racist or a feminist and they will bring this discourse and these values into their activism, their scholarship and their communities.
Do you know what actually happened to the reform synagogue in Charlottesville? For half an hour, neo-Nazi protestors marched in front of their door, chanting Nazi slogans like “Seig Heil!” and “Jews will not replace us.” The worshippers inside locked the door and watched fearfully. Some escaped out a back door. Additional services for later that evening were cancelled.
It’s a horrific scene with chilling historical resonance. Across the diaspora and across time, Jewish temples have been ransacked and destroyed during pogroms and other instances of antisemitic violence. Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, has displays full of half-burned and destroyed Torah scrolls which Jews risked their lives to save. Many, many Jews have died in their synagogues and temples.
Leftists pride themselves on being “the only people” who will stand up to fascism; they malign “weak centrists” and gleefully fantasize about punching and cutting up Nazis. But, ultimately, their understanding of the Holocaust and who the Nazis is shallow and solipsistic. To them, it’s like a video game in which they are the heroes who get to beat up bad guys. The material reality of the Holocaust and its effect on the Jews cowering in the synagogue don’t matter.
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at the Star of David in memory of 28,000 Jews who died at Stutthof and the 6 million killed in the Holocaust, with two survivors - Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg. The couple are on day two of their royal tour of Poland & Germany.
jewish eleven awkwardly fumbling over prayers in a language she doesn’t completely understand. everyone questions it because how can she learn hebrew if she barely even knows english? but she does it and she flourishes. hebrew becomes her primary language
eleven doesn’t fast for the first few years and feels awful. if she fasts she gets incredibly irritable and her powers can get out of control. lucas holds her hand and tells her hashem doesn’t want her to put her life or her health in danger to fast
hopper is jewish too, he hadn’t been a practicing jew since his daughter died and he fell out of his faith but now he has eleven and he sees his daughter’s spark in her eyes and he can’t help but hum shabbat songs softly into eleven’s curls as they watch television
hawkins is pretty small and hopper is totally down for all of elevens friends coming to her b’nei mitzvah
dustin messed with the gragers on purim so they make a party maker sound when spun and eleven thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world
eleven is ashkenazi and lucas is sephardi and they argue over the proper way to make cheroset and hopper and mrs. sinclair thinks it’s the cutest thing
will comes in to their dnd campaign one day and says “shalom y’all” and now it’s the gangs inside joke
the byers family is so loving and host a seder every other year and everyone comes and dustin gets ahold of the manischewitz and everyone tells him not to drink it and he does and he knows he hates it but it’s so good at the same time
Unfortunately, several neo-Nazis and skinheads have recently begun to post inappropriate content on various posts and have chosen to directly contact me.
They have questioned how Jews died in gas chambers during the Shoah, they have brought up ancient stereotypes of Jewish wealth and have questioned how to properly murder Jewish pests.
This blog has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for hatred in all of its forms. I will not tolerate antisemitism, Islamaphobia, LGBTQ+ phobias or erasures, racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism or bigotry in any form.
All blogs in questioned have been blocked permanently from seeing content from this blog.
On this festival of freedom, let us take a stand against this terror in all of its forms.
Mkay so there was this guy that went to my middle school that was kinda weird, like he talked in this strange voice that wasn’t his actual voice (his real voice just sounds like a normal guy with a slight chinese accent, while the one he used was kind of pitchy and purposefully bufoonish?? idk it’s hard to explain) and he would make weird jokes about fascism and ask girls if he could smell their hair and stuff like that, but we were all like 12 and it seemed like he was just doing this stuff to be edgy or whatever so we mostly just ignored it.
For obvious reasons, this guy didn’t have many friends, and one of my best friends is basically the exact definition of a sweet, optimistic person, so she ended up befriending this guy. Back then our friend group would all skype and play minecraft together, so we added this guy to our group chat and gave him the ip of the server one of us hosted and besides the occasional much-too-casual mention of or joke about rape/stalking/nazis, he was basically normal. (I honestly don’t know how we decided we were all okay with this guy, but, as I said earlier, we just assumed he was joking and was gonna grow out of this weird phase).
Fast forward to the other day when about half of this friend group was hanging out, and we ended up getting really bored and deciding to re-download minecraft and check out our old minecaft server just for the laughs. For some reason we decided to tell this guy what we were doing, and he came on the server too.
For a while it was all good, and we were all just having fun laughing at all the weird shit we’d made that had been so important to us in 7th grade and uncovering all these old inside jokes and whatnot. Then, the two girls who I think this guy has pegged as the biggest/most outspoken liberals in the group (out of a group comprised entirely of liberals because this is San Francisco) went to bed and it was down to just me, two guys, and this weird guy.
I forgot why, but for some reason we all ended up teleporting to this guy and found out he’d gone off into the wilderness and was building a giant nazi flag. None of us really know what to do, and we still thing he’s just trying to be edgy, so we just kind of awkwardly refuse to help him build it and leave the game pretty soon after.
Then, the next day, one of the girls who left early decided to go on the server again and found that this guy had made banners with swastikas on them and hung them all over the town we had built. She decides this isn’t okay, and rants about it in a group chat with everyone except him. Later, one of us tells this guy that the swastikas aren’t okay, and he says something along the lines of, “oh yeah, [girl] found them, didn’t she? crazy liberal” and we tell him, no, she’s not a crazy liberal, 10 million people died in the holocaust so it’s not really something he should be joking about. And then he says that no, actually only 200,000 jews died, and links me and this other guy to a 6 hour documentary on youtube about how the holocaust was fake. And for the next hour and a half I argued with this guy about whether the holocaust happened or not.
Some of my favorite points of his:
- the jews made up the holocaust to elevate their political status so they could reclaim israel
- the jews did live in internment camps, but they were actually fun places to be because they had leisure activites like painting and swimming
- the reason the jews looks so emaciated and miserable in photos from ww2 germany is that it was wartime and no one had enough food, and it’s actually the USSR’s fault
- jews control the mass media and censor everything that could threaten their power
- 200k jews did die, but that’s only because of disease and starvation because of the USSR
- all those things we think are gas chambers were actually just bathrooms
- hitler just wanted to improve his country and make a new, stronger reich
- mussolini did nothing wrong, and when i brought up how he heavily censored the media/free speech and jailed all of his political opponents, he said this was a “necessary evil”
- when i brought up that what he’s saying wasn’t wrong for mussolini to do is exactly what he’s saying the jews are doing right now, he said that it’s different because mussolini was just trying to strengthen his country, while the jews want to oppress other cultures
- “there’s nothing wrong with racial purity”
- jews “promote our modern rape culture and even support multiculturalism which is ruining europe”
- germans only care about holocaust remembrance because they are “forced to be subjugated to the jews”
- jews caused germany to lose ww1 and didn’t suffer at all from hyperinflation under the weimar republic (i will admit that the hyperinflation part is partly true because many jews did hold high paying jobs at that time, which was actually huge a contributor to the growing antisemitism in the country, so he’s actually kind of arguing against his own point here)
- the nurmeburg trials were fake and orchestrated by the USSR because they wanted to humiliate the germans
(there’s more and if y'all want i could submit screenshots of all this shit to shameshack) I just cant believe my friends and I actually hung out with this guy
To Pewdiepie haters, Wall Street Journal, Youtube and Felix.
(my English is not perfect, sorry for that)
First of all, hey. I am a bro since I can remember. Yet, it doesn’t mean I agree «as a ship» with Pewdiepie on everything, without being capable of differencing right from wrong. I have my own opinions, my own ideology and my own beliefs. And this, is my opinion.
The reason why I am writing this, is because I see how unfair the situation is, the media taking advantage of everything, not caring about how it affects and puts down other people’s lives, in this case, Felix’s. And I want to be heard too, because this is also becoming kind of a personal issue.
First of all, I would like to begin with the Jewish and Hitler issue. Allow me to ask, and open your mind just for a sec: why when someone makes a joke about Jews or Hitler, it becomes such a huge polemic? Stop, and keep reading. Why, when Stalin or Lenin are mentioned, nobody gives a shit? Why everyone knows about the «6 million» Jews that died in the holocaust, but nobody knows about 10-13 million Ukrainians that starved to death because of Stalin in 1923-1933? That was also a holocaust. Yeah, I am Ukrainian. And yes, in case you didn’t know, Ukraine is that country that is being invaded by Russia since 2014. But right, who gives a fuck? It’s always about the Jews.
Second of all, did you people hear about black humor? It’s funny. It is. And I enjoy it. And here goes another thing: you all scream how «nazi» (the right term is National-Socialist or NS btw) Felix is, but you are the only ones who still think that making fun of Jews is such a big deal. You are the only onces who make it feel like the white (race) supremacy is real in people like Pewdiepie, don’t you see that? Because a lot of ethnic groups make fun of others, and nobody gets offended by that, but hey, the Jews man, poor Jews, they are untouchable man, stop. Right?
Anyway, now about Pewds… the media doesn’t care about anything or anyone’s life, only about the money. It’s sad, but that’s how the world works nowadays. And it makes me extremely sad and furious the fact that Wall Street Journal took advantage of everything, and said to Disney and Youtube: «hey, this guy… pewdiewhatever… look what he is doing, he is a nazi, you should do something about it, huh?» hey, Wall Street Journal, how is that you goddam problem, man?! What do YOU care about what Felix does or stops doing? I completely understand that you morons are trying to break Pewds down, because you are too scared of such a powerful, intelligent public figure, that actually can change a lot of things and influence a lot of people for good. And guess what? He succeeded. He got an army and I am not joking. Among those «fat fanboys and little fangirls», as you all enjoy to denominate Pewdiepie’s fans, are university graduates. Me included. And, mark my words: you are digging your own grave, Wall Street Journal. You guys are going down in less than a decade. Old dogs fear new ones, right?
Youtube, I can’t say that I’m disappointed because your reaction was just too obvious. Still, better luck next time taking sides.
Felix, to you: I don’t know you, but I do know two things about you, and those are that you are honest and that you do not give up. So, don’t. You got this huge gift of being such an influential public figure. I want you to know that you can change a lot of stuff and a lot of minds. A lot of people will try to put you down, but if you give up, that means they win. And as far as I know, the bad guys can’t win. I believe in you. I do and 53 million people too.
I know you hate quotes like this, butttt…. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Hey Rose, aside from Chanukah, what are some other ways to show that Darcy is Jewish? Thank you!
So this depends on a few things, including how religious you think Darcy is. Everything I’m saying applies to any character, btw, but I’m tailoring my responses to a young unmarried Jewish woman living in NYC with primarily non-Jewish friends, which - hey - I’ve got plenty of experience with!
Hanukkah (Chanukah is fine, transliteration from Hebrew is weird) is obviously a big one, but it’s not the only one.
“One of the questions asked in that study was, ‘How many Vietnamese casualties would you estimate that there were during the Vietnam war?’ The average response on the part of Americans today is about 100,000. The official figure is about two million. The actual figure is probably three to four million. The people who conducted the study raised an appropriate question: What would we think about German political culture if, when you asked people today how many Jews died in the Holocaust, they estimated about 300,000? What would that tell us about German political culture?” - Noam Chomsky, ‘Media Control’
List of Antiziganist things to say to Rromani people
* Rromani marry their cousins, don’t they?
* Rromani are white
* Rromani have their own show on TLC, how oppressed can you be?
* Antiziganism doesn’t exist
* Rromani aren’t oppressed anymore
* Rromani benefit from white privilege in America
* Rromani hate non-Rromani
* Rromani should just get job
* Rromani should just get an education
* Rromani should “integrate” into society
* My textbook says only said 200,000 gypsies died in the Holocaust!
* The Holocaust was a white-on-white genocide
* Everyone got reparations after the Holocaust
* Jewish people didn’t deserve the Holocaust but Gypsies did
* All Rromani are white-passing
* There are Rromani who are white
* “Rromani are a lost Jewish Tribe”
* “Rromani come from the Middle East”
* “Rromani come from Romania”
* “Rromani come from Rome”
* Rromani are racist because they only marry other Rromani
* Jewish people hate Rromani people
* There is no solidarity between Rromani & Black communities in Europe Arab supremacy doesn’t affect Rromani people
* [Insert any brown travelling culture] THE GYPSIES OF _____________
* Equating Gypsy to Travelling
* Saying any travelling culture MUST be related to the Rromani
* “You don’t know what it’s like to be in a country for centuries and still be hated”
* Rromani have very little Indian DNA in them
* Rromani aren’t REALLY from India
* Rromani culture is different from Indian culture
* *Excluding Rromani from South Asian & the Diaspora*
* So do you like Jews? Since you both died in the holocaust?
* Aren’t you mad you don’t have your own country while Jewish people got Israel?
* You should be mad
* “Some Greeks are dark!!! Maybe they’re gypsy too!”
* I get really tan when I tan in the summer maybe I’m part gypsy!
* YOU’RE A ZIONIST?
* YOU’RE NOT A ZIONIST?
* Gypsies appropriate Indian culture
* “…Why are you wearing henna?”
* “…Is that a bindi?”
* Um…There’s a girl named Gypsy at my school how is it a slur
* Gypsy is not a slur
* There is a fashion brand called ‘Gypsy’
* I mean maybe if you didn’t steal and acted ratchet they wouldn’t have killed your [insert family member here]
* Maybe your people should try contributing to society
* I don’t believe that Rromani are discriminated against in Africa
* I don’t believe that Rromani were slaves in America too
* Rromani became white passing when they entered America
* Rromani call themselves Turkish/Indian/Mexican to get by in America…isn’t that racist?
* You wanna be Indian so bad
* My [family member] hates gypsies
* “THATS WHY YOU LOOK SO INDIAN!”
* *General shock that a real live Rromani ACTUALLY made it to America*
* You can’t be two religions????
* White/Arab/Turkish supremacy don’t affect Rromani anymore
* I can tell you’re Rromani from your [stereotypical wide nose/double lid/defined Cupid’s bow]
* Gypsies stole the fourth nail of Jesus
* *Applying a non-Rromani experience to Rromani experiences*
* Rromani are basically Indian
* Rromanipen is a racist/sexist religion!
* *Being a gypsy for halloween*
* *Saying you’re a gypsy because you can belly dance*
* *Hinting that you want to know whether or not I live in a caravan*