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Since we have some Jewish holidays coming up, let’s talk about how to interact with them

On this thursday is Rosh Hashanna:

- this is the jewish new year, we are entering the year 5778. It comemorates when adam and eve were created.

- If you see someone jewish, or have jewish friends and family, say “L’Shana Tova (Le-Sha-Nah-Toe-Vah). It’s a greeting and a wish for a happy new year!

- We dip apples in honey to remind us of the sweetness of life and to bring sweetness into ourselves for a new year

-We eat a circular challah to symbolize the cycles of time, the challah often has raisins in it to add extra sweetness

-This is a happy holiday, full of joy

Beginning on Friday, September 30th is Yom Kippur:

- This is the jewish day of atonement, when we think about our wrongdoings of the past year and think about how we can commit to doing better in the next year.

- Many Jewish people fast, abstaining from food and water from sundown to sundown. The fast is roughly 25 hours. HOWEVER, if you need to eat, you may. There are lots of reasons that people may not fast, like recovering from an eating disorder, a medical condition like diabetes, or having to take medication with food. The elderly, children, and pregnant people should not fast.

- This is a solemn holiday, many people spend all day in synagogue in deep prayer. 

- On Yom Kippur, wish someone a peaceful or meaningful fast. Some people may take offense to the concept of having an “easy” or “enjoyable” fast because Yom Kippur is not about ease or comfort. 

- There is a breaking of the fast at sundown, this is usually a joyous event

Together, these make up the High Holy Days, the most important week in Judaism. 

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Concept: In the Marvel universe, there’s a bunch of rabbis who come together to debate the validity of shit Magneto said/did. (I love the headcanon that Mags is largely unobservant and thus makes a whole lot of unhalchic pronouncements.) They’ve been having monthly meetings in the same community center for ages now (excepting the period where Magneto was turned into a baby), but the first time they actually meet Magneto is when he suddenly drops from the ceiling where he had apparently stuck himself to listen and flies off with one of the rabbis.

“I apologize,” he says to the poor person he kidnapped and is now levitating along, “I find your arguments the most compelling of those in your group and…it’s just that my grandson is going to be married and he doesn’t currently have a rabbi, can you believe that?”

Meanwhile, back at the community center where everyone is still gaping, the Scarlet Witch appears in a blaze of magic. “He really did it, didn’t he?” Wanda sighs. “I am so sorry.” She flies off too, yelling “Dad, no!” into the distance.

Intersectionality is not about enforcing alignment of identities and politics. In fact, by definition, “intersectionality” is the opposite of alignment! Intersecting lines touch at only one point; everywhere else, they are heading in different directions. The purpose of intersectionality is to help us all realize that identities are complex and diverse and multi-faceted; that we can’t create simple equations to explain, describe, or prescribe them.

This misunderstanding of intersectionality is deployed by its supporters and detractors alike – by those, like the organizers of the Chicago Dyke March, who insist that an LGBTQ march must necessarily be pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist, and by those, like Bari Weiss of the New York Times, who warn us that intersectionality by definition is bad for the Jews. You have to choose, they all seem to say: either get on board with a neat version of intersectionality and pare down those messy identities, or reject intersectionality out of hand.

As always, when we are being asked to choose, I believe we must ask ourselves why. Who benefits from this framing of the conversation? Choices are almost never neutral and unweighted; instead, they cloak deep structural power relations in the language of freedom. A world without intersectional analysis is a world in which we can’t see the big picture, and a world in which we’re forced to amputate parts of our identities is a world in which we cannot be our authentic selves. Neither is a world in which I want to live.

Twitter is displeased with Stephen Miller, as they should be. What they should NOT be doing, however, is turning jabs heavily loaded with antisemitic tropes about his physical characteristics into a Twitter trend.

I had to explain to the liberal friend that posted this on FB that comparing an ethnically Jewish man’s features to indicators of evil and scheming immorality, with multiple references to common canards like drinking blood and attacking children, hurts far more than just one person with odious politics. This is not about Stephen Miller, whose views I find detestable, but about reviving identical antisemitic racial tropes on the other end of the political spectrum. The left, however, would prefer to dismiss this and not have to accept any responsibility for their own blatant and constant antisemitism.

It’s not “#resist” to bring up nazi propaganda about Jewish features in order to attack a Jewish man. I want to say “do better,” but I have no faith left that anyone will.

Katie Hopkins has been reported to police after tweeting that a “final solution” was needed following the terror attack in Manchester.

So far, 22 people have died and a further 59 have been left injured following a suicide bombing at Ariana Grande ’s concert at the MEN.

In the aftermath of the tragedy on Tuesday, Katie was slammed by scores of social media users over her post.

The controversial columnist swiftly deleted the tweet, which referenced a Nazi term for the Holocaust.

The tweet, which appeared to be aimed at This Morning host Philip Schofield, said: “22 dead - number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be part of the problem. We need a final solution. #Machester” [sic]

She has been reported to the Metropolitan Police over the tweet, according to the Independent.

Katie deleted the tweet and replaced it, saying: “22 dead - number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be part of the problem. We need a true solution. #ManchesterArena”

A follower sent her a screenshot of the original tweet, asking why she’d changed her tweet to say “true solution” rather than “final”.

They said: “How come you changed this from "final solution” to “true solution”? Come on, stand by those nazi words, nazi.“

But Katie said she deleted and re-wrote the tweet because she’s misspelled Manchester and felt it was insensitive to do so.

She wrote: "I stand by my tweet. I find the typo disrespectful to the survivors in Manchester”


i don’t even have words for this.
this makes me feel sick and so scared for what’s coming in this world.
what are we heading towards?

if you’re Muslim - stay safe
if you’re Jewish - stay safe

if you’re not Jewish or Muslim (like me) - do better. 
and help keep them safe. 

anonymous asked:

I want to apologize to you personally and on behalf of any ignorant Christians who have ever used the phrase judeo-christian, and who view Judaism as "Christianity without Jesus." (Yeah some people really believe that. I was taught this at Christian high school.) We Christians need to do better and listen to Jewish voices. I hope I can do my part to help stop this gross ideology.

thank you lovely have a wonderful day and take care ❣️

(I mean I literally don’t know enough about Jewish holidays to even begin to answer that, like, I’d have to start looking them up right now, which I would totally do if I wasn’t worried about misinterpreting them. I don’t have firsthand knowledge so I’d just be making guesses based on wikiepdia articles. If you have any ideas I’d be happy to hear them, if it really interests you! I’m sure you’d be able to deduce who would like what a lot better than me. The non-jewish characters do experience Jewish holidays through the Grzeskiewiczes, but I don’t, you know? -HG)

So I finished season 3 of OITNB and before I go on here and inevitably start seeing people saying shit like “that was anti-semitic!” or “that’s so offensive to Jewish people!” NO. SHUT UP. You don’t know what you’re talking about so please let me help you out here before you go spreading this ignorant shit all over the Internet.

Do you know how few Judaism-related storylines there are on any TV show? Do you know how rarely Jewish people are anything other than a passing reference or a punchline? Almost NEVER. That sequence in episode 9 where they’re all trying to pretend they’re Jewish and they’re all just spouting off stereotypes? That’s because THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS ALWAYS PORTRAYED IN THE MEDIA. So that is the only thing these people know about Judaism. That was the entire point.

Then you get to the finale, when Cindy realizes she actually wants to be Jewish, and she talks about what being Jewish means to her, and it was honestly one of the most beautiful speeches I’ve ever heard. And the fact that it followed a game of Jewish geography just made it that much better because WE DO THAT SHIT. Do you know how rare it is to hear someone speaking in Hebrew on TV? And saying a blessing? THIS NEVER HAPPENS. This is a huge deal.

This is actual, honest Jewish representation on a popular TV show. It’s used for laughs, but it’s a comedy! And what started out as just a gag turned into something real. There is now a Jewish character on this show, one who is passionate about learning more about Judaism, one who thought she was done with religion until she found Judaism, and how amazing is that?

Before this, I could count on one hand the number of TV shows I’ve watched that had realistic Jewish representation. There were 3. And one of them was only one episode of a Disney channel show so it barely even counts. One of the other ones was Weeds, also created by Jenji Kohan. Andy Botwin was Jewish as more than just a punchline. Was it also a punchline? Of course! But that’s not all it was. One of my favorite storylines was when Andy went to rabbinical school to avoid having to go to the military. It was hilarious, it was ridiculous, and most importantly, it was Jewish. And people dragged it. People were pissed. Because… it wasn’t realistic? Whereas the rest of the show was? Or, more likely, because they didn’t understand it. Or didn’t want to.

You know what happens when you get angry about Judaism-related storylines? WE DON’T GET ANY JUDAISM-RELATED STORYLINES. We’re already begging for scraps here. Jenji Kohan is one of the few writers who doesn’t make us beg. And I am beyond thrilled that she gave us a Judaism-related storyline that was more than just a one-off joke. It related to the theme of the season, it gave us some major character development, and you know what? It was funny. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

jiemba  asked:

For your religion question - what do you like about being Jewish? What do you wish non-Jewish people understood better about Judaism?

i like that i have an instant community pretty much anywhere i go – there are always jews with open doors and arms and it’s just so ingrained in our culture to include strangers and open our homes to the people around us

i like that i feel connected to my history and that the religion is in some ways designed to remind us of what we’ve been through as a people and remind us of what’s important

i love that we’re made to ask questions, to challenge what we’re taught and break things apart to understand them and then rebuild them with a better understanding and appreciation of why we do what we do. 

i love that we’re so analytical of our culture and our holy texts. literally the whole gemarah is a volumes long argument over the tiniest of details because analysis and critical thinking leads to a better, fuller practice of judaism

i wish non-jews understand the breadth and depth of the culture – it’s not just white guys with jew fros in hollywood. there are so many different types of jews, so many different communities and traditions and ways of doing things. i wish i could explain things about my religion without having to laugh it off and saying ‘yeah i know it’s weird’ because every time i have to do that i die a little bit inside.


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anonymous asked:

(Part 1)While I definitely agree that Jewish people are treated better in the United States, I do think it's heavily played up how much better it is here. I'm a Jew who lives in New York City, and even in a place with one of the largest Jewish populations on Earth, I feel incredibly unsafe revealing my Jewishness. I was raised to tuck my Magen David in, when I was allowed to wear it at all, we were afraid to speak Hebrew in public (I do it now, but it terrifies my mother), (Continued)

(Part 2) And my Synagogue, to this day, has a SWAT team standing guard during the High Holy Days. When I was open about being Jewish, I faced a lot of hatred, and a lot of violence, even from people who had called themselves my friends. I internalized it for a very long time, to the point where I almost believed them when they said that Jews are committing a new genocide and that we control everything. I really, genuinely, hated myself for being Jewish because of this. For years.

(Part 3) I just feel like, even as someone who isn’t automatically perceived as Jewish, it doesn’t change how people feel about us on a larger scale. I know I will not be randomly physically attacked the way someone who is visibly Jewish and in a more hostile environment, and while that is definitely a privilege, I still live in fear of violence. I’m not trying to be offensive to anyone so I hope this doesn’t come off like that, it just feels like we force ourselves to downplay a lot of this.

Look. I used to work in New York City. I have family who lives there. American anti-semitism is an under-discussed problem amongst American goyim and I post about it constantly. But it would be disingenuous of me to act like the anti-semitism faced by Jews in the United States in parts of the country where we have large and influential populations is at the same level of violent intensity as the anti-semitism faced by Jews in other parts of the Unites States or the rest of the diaspora. That being said…

American goyim,

The fact that I consider American anti-semitism to be “generally less bad” than European anti-semitism, does not let you off the hook. 

You have been routinely apathetic to our struggles. 

You have spoken over us about anti-semitism. 

You have derailed discussion of American anti-semitism.  

You have ignored evidence of its virulence because of a belief in “Jewish privilege.”

You have policed our identities and tried to divide our community by racial and cultural lines.

You have vandalized our homes, institutions and places of worship.

You have policed our discussions of the Holocaust.  

You have downplayed and ignored any anti-semitism not related to the Holocaust.

You have denied that we are a minority.

You have made us feel unsafe on college campuses.

You have constantly made us choose between our Judaism and our livelihood.

You have taught us that to be Jewish is to be ugly.

You have compared us to those who have committed genocide against us for the expressed purpose of hurting us no matter how much you pretend otherwise.

You have erased and mocked those of us who live in poverty.

You have mocked our rituals.

You emphasize and centralize the Jewishness of those of us you hate.

You de-emphasize and erase the Jewishness of those of us you admire.

You have routinely demanded our solidarity while offering none in return.

So even though stories of Jews being beaten unconscious aren’t so common here as to be the wallpaper of our lives, you still have a moral responsibility not to be anti-semitic. You are still culpable for the anti-semitism you allow to fester in your communities. You are still obligated to listen and seriously consider accusations of anti-semitism against you before dismissing them because you think, anti-semitically, that “Jews whine too much,” or “Jews aren’t oppressed” or “anti-semitism isn’t a problem.” Your silence is consent.

Goyim are encouraged to reblog this.

ways gentiles react to getting called out on their antisemitism
  1. silence
  2. lol fuck jews
  3. but israel/i don’t have to listen to a bunch of zionists
  4. why are you jews so upset?
  5. mumblings about a jewish persecution complex
  6. you’re wrong/lying

ways they don’t tend to react:

  1. reflection
  2. self-education
  3. apologizing
  4. doing better

anonymous asked:

So I'm almost out of shows soon... I know you love the show so could I have ten reasons why I should start Brooklyn 99? I'm considering it but I need some more motivation


1) awesome, super strong male-female friendships where romance/sex is never even hinted at

2) romantic relationships are developed organically, are healthy, often rooted in deep, caring friendship, diverse in their dynamics, respectful, loving, and full of trust (also mostly interracial!) (And arguably the most idealized romantic relationship in the show is that of an elderly LGBT couple)

3) misogynistic, racist, homophobic and otherwise disrespectful behaviour towards different groups is /for the most part/ ALWAYS called out very seriously and directly despite the light hearted tone of the show

4) multiple complex female characters w very diverse personalities, all shown to be important and amazing (additionally, language used to describe women is actually textbook empowerment language, putting adjectives such as “amazing” “strong” “smart” and “incredible” first and foremost before physical attributes and even then usually using words like “beautiful” rather than “hot” to describe attraction – this is done by both men and women). Also, lady friendships!!!! So many lady friendships!!!!

5) NO tokenism; more than one African American, Latinx, female, LGBT+, etc character, all different and unique, as well as a totally non-stereotyped Jewish main character in a comedy show (Rare™). It can obviously do better and be much more diverse, but comparatively, it is incredibly refreshing

6) related – none of the jokes are based on stereotypes, target any particular group, or rely on degrading comments; despite the diversity, the jokes are not sexist, racist, or homophobic almost 99% of the time. It is also one of the funniest TV shows I have ever watched, and none of the jokes get old

7) constant inversion of gender roles and traditionally masculine/feminine pursuits, something that is normalized frequently. Male characters have “feminine” qualities and interests and female characters have “masculine” qualities and interests; the characters are human, essentially. Additionally, toxic masculinity, as well as the Nice Guy Syndrome and the angry black man trope are thoroughly thrown in the trash

8) one of the ONLY shows where a guy has completely respected a woman’s “no” in response to romantic interest. No pushing, no wheedling, only complete respect and acceptance, despite the obvious heartbreak.

9) comparatively does really well at organically writing characters to have mental health issues that don’t define them – anxiety, OCD, ADHD, depression, etc. Its definitely not perfect, but the characters are nuanced and very rarely are these issues mocked by the narrative, especially considering the comedic context of the show

10) Doug Judy

(+11) listen it’s just. Its HILARIOUS and pure and full of love, so much love and happiness and support and compassion. The characters love each other and the actors love each other, and its like sunshine in a computer screen. Its definitely not perfect (I hate that I have to keep giving this disclaimer bc often ppl assume that in praising something ur incapable of also accepting its faults, but anyways) but it’s very refreshing, and the villains are fun, the action/soft family/comedy balance great, and the characters so SO endearing.

U should totally give it a shot!

This post is venting and complaining about marvel not comparing oppressions, just saying that up front.

Seeing all the posts about black panther and representation is kind of bittersweet for me. I’m really, truly happy that an underrepresented community is getting some good representation in the MCU, and that Wakanda and its royal hero are appearing is excellent!

But on the other hand, in civil war Wanda has a cross in her room. The group that created marvel and most of its characters continues to have zero representation, even among characters that are canonically Jewish in the comics, and that just hurts, as a Jewish marvel fan. They need to do better. (I have some dark, dark theories that I’ll share in another post related to this…)

Representation matters

anonymous asked:

Wait, I'm confused. How are Jewish people a POC race??? Jewish isn't a race, nor are Jewish people with "Jewish traits" coloured. Like they're white, right??? or like Caucasian

n-nooo dude, i’m afraid it’s not as simple as having “non-pale skin colors.”

Saying Jewish people are white because they’re “not colored” is like saying East Asians like me aren’t PoC bc we’re typically lighter-skinned? 
People of Color, as a term does have it’s shortcomings, but generally it’s to unite people who have suffered under white Euro empire and oppression. This definitely applies to Jewish people (i’m sure you’re familiar with the Holocaust and Inquisition, both of those were ethnic cleansing)

The Jewish identity is both religious and ethnic. And yes while there are Black Jewish people for example, and race and religion can be confusing and multi-layered, the fact remains that there’s a lot of oppression they face.
I know you don’t mean to be ignorant, but being assumed white (or if not directly white, assumed they benefit from white privilege) is a way to erase their suffering.

I mean obviously I’m not Jewish so if any of my Jewish followers wanna jump in and explain it better please do

If Europe intends to keep its Jewish populations - and keep them safe - it’ll have to do better than “don’t go out after dark, don’t go into certain neighborhoods, don’t wear identifiers."  How is that any sort of protection?  How is that any sort of promise?