• Megillat Ester - Vayehi Bimey Ahashverosh
  • Rahamim Hudeda
  • Recorded by: Jacqueline Alon

The recording is the Purim song “And it was in the days of Achashveirosh…” sung in Jewish Neo-Aramaic in Jerusalem.

Jewish Neo-Aramaic languages refer to a group of severely endangered dialects of the Semitic language Aramaic. Two dialects spoken especially among Kurdish Jewish populations include Barzani Jewish Neo-Aramaic (Lishanid Janan) and Betanure Jewish Neo-Aramaic (Lishana Deni).  The Barzani dialect originated in 3 villages near Aqrah in Iraq, but today it is spoken by approximately 20 individuals in Jerusalem.  The Betanure dialect was originally spoken in the Jewish Kurdish village of Betanure (now populated by Assyrians) in Iraqi Kurdistan.  The current  number of speakers is unknown, but it is estimated that there are at most 3 dozen located in Israel.  These dialects are some of the most severely endangered of the Jewish languages and dialects currently spoken.  

Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialects were usually mutually intelligible with the dialects spoken by non-Jewish neighbors with some exceptions of vocabulary borrowed from Hebrew and rabbinical Aramaic texts. This use of vocabulary was at times deliberate in order for Jews to speak to one another without being understood by their Christian and Muslim peers.  

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alchan  asked:

I wish it were easier to find reading materials that made a liberal case for Zionism and Jewish self-defense and empowerment. It seems like most of the articles that are willing to support such things unequivocally, at least the ones that I have found, were written by those who are either politically conservative or conservative-leaning.

It’s not a very common mix, especially not among named, known, public figures. There are exceptions however, such as: 

Bill Maher

Jerry Coyne

David Schraub 

Phyllis Chesler ….perhaps not a liberal by 2016 Tumblr standards, but very much so by any mainstream American political measure just a few years ago. (SEE ALSO:  Alan Dershowitz.)  

And this pamphlet, which I’ve introduced frequently to liberals.

One of the biggest problems with religion is that people stubbornly, insistently reduce God to their own size; they imagine that God loves the same people they love, and that God hates the people they hate. This is not just insidious theology; it’s actually idolatry, because people are just worshiping a blown up version of themselves. So let me say it simply: God’s love transcends all of that.

When your parents reject you, God loves you; when your friends or classmates make fun of you, God loves you; when your priest, minister, imam, or rabbi tells you that you are an abomination, God loves you; when politicians cater to people’s basest prejudices, God loves you. No matter how many times and in how many ways people make you feel less than human, God knows otherwise, and God loves you. When you feel frightened, or abandoned, or humiliated, I hope the unshakeable conviction that God loves you can help hold you and enable you to persevere.

Here Are the Jewish People

Western popular concepts of Jews that people here take as the extent of our tribe:

The reality:

Boys from the Jewish population of Yemen, which has been around for 2500 hundred years but has been slowly massacred over the past few generations.

The Lemba of South Africa and Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe in particular has a large and VERY long history with their Jewish Community)

The Abayudaya of Uganda, some of the great Jewish musicians

The Beta Israeli of Ethiopia

Igbo Jews of Nigeria

Cochin Jews of India 

Baghdadi Jews

Kaifeng Jews of China, who go back to the 7th or 8th century. Unfortunately, during the 20th century much of their culture was almost wiped out and the Kaifeng are currently working to rediscover their Jewish heritage and culture.

Jewish Children in Puerto Rico (Jews have been in Puerto Rico since the 15th century, many fleeing from the Inquisition)

The Beit Shalom Choir in Japan

Kosher comes in all colors, from all over the world, and in a variety cultural groups. We’re a small portion of the human population, but we have EVERYONE. We are all members of this tribe.

Because stereotypes are bullshit.

I feel like people don’t understand that Jewish tradition holds that the acts of Sodom that were so bad were 1. Rape 2. Starving homeless people for fun 3. Covering foreign women in bee honey and letting the native insects eat her alive in the public square 4. Cutting off people’s limbs for the lolz 5. Being a mega douche to anyone different from them 6. Ect

And the act banned in Leviticus is, according to us Jews, not the ~gayness~, but rape, as done as a military conquering tactic.

Source: years of Jewish schooling in orthodox and conservative environments, growing up in an orthodox community, ect

“ The text is “lo tirtzach,” “do not murder” from the ten commandments, repeated. There’s an idea that the Torah/Bible is black fire (the letters) and white fire (the spaces) and the spaces say just as much as the text. I hope I’m also working towards a world where it’s universally obvious that “do not murder” includes black people, but I spelled it out here because #blacklivesmatter. “ -Rachel Stone (shared to me by a mutual) on Facebook.

this is a powerful solidarity image.

(We Jews should totally use ‘lo tirtzach’ as a solidarity tag, like when theres violence victims and such we tag it as such to spread awareness, that would be so cool, just Jews standing in solidarity)


Marksandrec’s Super Dooper Popcorn Party #191

(Dialogue from The Mummy Returns; requested by @queen-of-rocknoll.)


This new video of Jon Stewart recounting an epic Twitter war with Donald Trump is the number one trending video on YouTube right now

Dang, this story is really good. (Yes, it goes on.) Stewart told his tale at a Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York on Tuesday night. And, you lucky thing, you can see the full video here.

Gifs: Jacob Cahan

The rabbis of Conservative Judaism pass a resolution supporting transgender rights - The Washington Post

“The rabbis’ resolution begins by stating, “Our Torah asserts that all humanity is created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s Divine Image.” It discusses historical evidence of “non-binary gender expression” in Jewish texts dating back to the third-century Mishnah, and points out current-day discrimination against transgender Americans in employment, medical care and voting rights.”

Yashar Koach, Mazal Tov!!!!