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Farewell Albania, I thought. You have given me so much, hospitality, refuge, friends, and adventures. Farewell Albanian, one day I will tell the world how brave, fearless, strong and faithful your sons are, how death and the devil can’t frighten them. If necessary I’ll tell how they protected a refugee and wouldn’t allow her to be harmed even if it mean losing their lives. The gates of your small country remained open, Albania. Your authorities closed both eyes, when necessary, to give poor persecuted people another chance to survive the most horrible of all wars. Albania, we survived the siege because of your humanity. We thank you.
—  Escape through the Balkans: The Autobiography of Irene Grunbaum
A handful of Jewish quotes that we should all keep in mind

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” - Talmud

“Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof” (Justice, Justice you shall pursue) - Torah

“If you were there and the Romans or Babylonians were about to destroy Jerusalem, and you had the power to something about it, would you sit and mourn and cry? Or would you turn world upside down to change history? So, what is stopping you? Overturn the world today!” - R"Menachem Mendel Scheerson

“there may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest” - Elie Wiesel

“the status of those who observe oppression and remain silent is equal to the status of those who commit the oppression themselves”- Ibn Ezra

April 24th

Today is a day of mourning and remembrance that you might not be aware of. April 24th marks Yom Hashoah - a Jewish day of remembrance for the Holocaust - and it is also the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. In the 1910’s, almost 1.5 million Armenians (about 98% of them Christian) were rounded up and slaughtered by the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the name of Islam and for absolute control. Then, in the 1930’s-1940’s, the Nazi party (helmed by the infamous Adolf Hitler) in an attempt to exercise complete control over Germany and Europe through “National Socialism,” captured and imprisoned and murdered upwards of six million Jews.

Seven and a half million people, systematically killed at the hands of an oppressive government in the name of power, within the past 100 years.

Let us remember them all and never forget that evil truly does exist in the world, and that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke.

So there has been a huge increase of antisemitism on tumblr recently with jewish blogs being sent extremely gruesome and potentially triggering pictures as well as slurs and a few threats.   

Many people give out warnings about this but unfortunately it can take time to get shared to across tumblr and I’ve seen warnings barely get seen by anyone because they don’t have many followers and things. 

That’s why I created Antisemitism Alert, so that there’s a way to spread the word and keep people safe and so people can send in warnings and there can be up to date info at all times.

Please Follow and Share this post, even if you aren’t jewish, everyone deserves the right to feel safe on here. Please protect yourself/your followers. It’s honestly so important.   

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Palace of Tobiah  (Qasr al-Abd)

Iraq al-amir, Jordan

200 BCE


Although little is known for definite about the history of Qasr al-Abd it is widely believed to have been built by a Tobiad notable, Hyrcanus of Jerusalem, head of the powerful Jewish Tobiad family and governor of Ammon. Credence for this theory is gained from the fact that the Hebrew name ‘Tuvya’ or 'Toviyya’ (Tobias) is engraved (טוביה but in a more Aramaic script) above the adjacent burial caves of Iraq al-Amir, which share their name with the nearby village.

The heavily decorated two-storey stone structure (measuring about 40 metres by 20 metres, and 13 metres high) is a rare example of Hellenistic architecture in Jordan. In the 1st century AD, Flavius Josephus described it as, “A strong fortress, which was constructed entirely of white marble up to the very roof and had beasts of gigantic size carved on it; and he enclosed it with a wide and deep moat”. The castle is built from some of the largest single blocks of any building in the Middle East, with the largest block measuring seven by three metres. However, these blocks were at most only 40 centimetres wide (making the building relatively vulnerable to the earthquake which destroyed it). 

I get told sometimes that I seem very angry about religion. Yes, I am angry. I’m angry that I was lied to. I’m angry that I was brainwashed. I’m angry that I was taught to be religious before I could even do basic math. I’m angry because religion infects your brain, and it’s very hard to get away from the constant fear and guilt that is instilled in you before the age of reason.