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“But you and your friends *should* have different political beliefs”

Yeah, Brenda, if we’re talking about how education or national parks are funded, but the second my friend says that LGBT folks shouldn’t have the same rights as the cishets, or women don’t deserve the same rights as men, or Muslims and Jewish folks shouldn’t be able to freely practice their religions (just like Christians are able to without question), or POC don’t belong here, or POC deserve to be killed by police, or any other sexist, homophobic, transphobic, racist, anti-semetic, islamaphobic, or xenophobic rhetoric can get the hell away from me.

anyway i love all of us girls, especially us lesbian girls, bi girls, pan girls, ace girls, trans girls, questioning girls, feminine-leaning nb folks, jewish girls, muslim girls, black girls, brown girls, african girls, native american girls, indian girls, biracial girls, chinese girls, japanese girls, korean girls, polynesian girls, mentally ill girls, disabled girls, girls who marched today, girls who couldn’t make it to a march for any reason and are supporting from home, every single one of us girls! y’all are all so beautiful and y’all are absolutely rocking it today! <3

lhinelle  asked:

Can you expand on the sources around Jewish amulets? I'm geeking out pretty hard and would love to dive down this rabbit hole! Thanks!

oooohhhh… now this is a fun question!


  • 2017.02.09 - added new specific section on Amulets and some new sources
  • 2017.02.06 - had some great suggestions, so added section on Magic Bowls, and several papers/by Gideon Bohak!

There are sooooooooo many.  Depends on how scholarly you want to get, and which parts of the world you want to dive into.  And I geek out pretty hard on this too, so get ready for the over-share!

Beyond the books on magick and amulets below - I also recommend both of Maggie Anton’s novels about Rav Hisda’s daughter.  They are impeccably researched and really “get” the practice and bring it to life.

The best book on Jewish Amulets is Angels and Demons: Jewish Magic Through the Ages.  It’s not the easiest to get, but because it was attached to a museum exhibit – if you google it – you’ll find at least some excerpts.

The second one I would recommend is Ritual Medical Lore of Sephardic Women: Sweetening the Spirits, Healing the Sick.  It’s got a really wide range of amulets that also include herb bundles and such.  But it’s a sociological study, so it’s a solid read.  Slog through the beginning, and it totally pays off.

General Amulets in Judaism

Magic Bowl Amulets

Jewish Magic

Not amulet specific, but these do include great content on Jewish magic through out history, including amulets: 

Other books on amulets that are worth exploring to figure out your own technique are

Online you’ll find some great resources in surprising places:

I also rely on my teachers Rav Jill, Rav Shoshana and Rav Taya. Jill is the one who taught me that bundle-style amulets (aka medicine bags) are referenced in the Talmud. All three are overflowing with book and body wisdom.


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anonymous asked:

hello! i have a question that i've always been curious about but have never actually found and answer for. do you happen to know where the kabbalah bracelet concept came from? i've seen some people argue it comes from ancient texts and others say teenagers appropriated it from hinduism in the sixties. is there any concrete answer or is it just one of those things we don't know for sure?

Great question! I’m assuming you’re referring to the ‘red thread’ bracelet often sold as a ‘Kabbalistic’ accessory, and famously worn by Madonna.

There’s actually an excellent English academic study on this topic! Essentially, both the colour red and the act of tying a string are long-established customs of folk magic around the world… Scarlet threads appear a number of places in the Torah (e.g. tied to the wrist of Tamar’s son Zerah, and hung from Rahav’s window), where Elly Teman argues that “it is connected to situations of birthright, bloodshed, sacrifice, atonement, redemption, and protection, and it appears in situations where boundaries must be asserted between sacred and profane, forsaken and redeemed, those destined to live and those destined to die, those who belong to the Israelite nation and those who do not.” But nowhere in the Hebrew Bible does wearing a red thread appear as a practice, either for protection or for blessing.

The earliest reference I can find to the specific tradition of wearing a red thread as a Jewish magical practice is in the Tosefta, a collection of midrashim from the time of the Talmud, which lists “tying a ribbon to one’s thigh, or a red thread to one’s finger” as practices considered as pagan idolatry, “darkhei Emori” (T. Shabbat 7.1). Several commentators over subsequent centuries reference this passage — the 16th-century Qabbalist Eliyahu de Vidas, for example, quotes it in his book Reshit Hokhma (and thus seemingly registers his agreement that this practice is forbidden). So while on the one hand, rabbinic prohibitions usually are indications of popular practices, it doesn’t seem to have gained much traction in Qabbalistic circles.

It occasionally appears in traditional 19th- and 20th-century descriptions of amulets for childbirth or to protect newborns (an amusing example is that the Hassidic rabbi Yehudah Yudl Rosenberg mentions it in his 1907 book of segulot and amulets, noting that the Tosefta forbids it, but this is in a list of recommended amulets for children, so it’s a wink-wink sort of situation)… In a Hebrew article on the red thread, R. Levi Freund records a few late 19th- and early 20th-century Hassidic rabbis who approved of or practiced the custom for children in their communities, and I found a few other examples from the early 20th century that reference the use of red thread specifically from Rachel’s Tomb (outside Bethlehem) for protection during childbirth or for a newborn (e.g. the testimony of Sister Selma Mayer here, and Teman’s article also cites a few from the 1930s).

But it seems that wearing a red thread generally was not a common practice, whether in or out of Qabbalistic circles. As Teman demonstrates, it seems to have taken off in post-1967 Israel for a variety of socio-political reasons — this is when it began appearing in Jerusalem (at the Western Wall specifically) and became a general symbol of protection, rather than associated with fertility. From there it spread to Jewish communities in North America and elsewhere, and got picked up by the faux-‘Kabbalah’-peddling folks of Madonna et al.

tl;dr: the red thread is a Jewish folk practice, shared with other world cultures, that began in late antiquity, and was traditionally associated in Jewish magic with fertility and protection of children, but became popular in Israel over the last 50 years as a symbol of blessing. It has no association with Qabbala in the classical sense, nor can it be claimed to have been appropriated from Hinduism.

Hope that helps!

I *definitely* think that people need to talk about why racism is tolerable until it happens to a group they can humanize or identify with (no matter why that is…even though many of them do it for erroneous reasons i.e. they see those people as “kind of white” sometimes, or something along those lines).  But I think that it needs to be framed as an indictment against a system that has normalized *our* abuse instead of proof that a certain group is an a “protected class” when all evidence shows that they aren’t.  I think that our inability to frame the current actions of the trump administration as a symptom of the preexisting white supremacy (instead of just nazi holdovers infiltrating and forcing America to the right) is a part of the problem.  

Its important to discuss why people like Pewdiepie can make racist jokes about black people, with no repercussions, to the point where it becomes a part of youtuber culture to target us. This page has examples of his racism, especially against blakc people, “”   Hell, in defending him from the backlash at his most *recent* bout of racism (targeting Jewish people) folks fell back on the anti-black racism (something folks celebrating his “fall from grace” have ignored). The environment is so unfriendly to black people that popular content creators are met with incredulous responses when they reveal that they’re black.  You can’t even participate in popular activities like “Try Not to Laugh” because there’s some kind of racist joke against black people there (or its littered with racial slurs).  Half of the “memes” are stolen videos of black people, a few even being personal moments, turned into laugh fodder.  There are people on youtube who literally lie and pay people to be violent so that they can mobilize racists against black people, there are others who have built their audience around spreading white supremacy and obsessively trolling black content creators.  And that’s just with black people, that’s not even mentioning what’s done to other groups on there (Youtube is terrible to Muslims, and queer people, especially transwomen)

So it makes sense why people are frustrated that it seems like you can succeed in attacking marginalized people on Youtube as long as you target “the right group”. And its even worse when you see that these companies will ignore indignity after indignity when its directed at your people but will suddenly be motivated to act the “one time” that person targets someone who actually *matters*. It seems like these were resources folks had for *years*, that they could have mobilized at anytime but just didn’t think your people were important enough to fight for.  And worse (in regards to the airport protests) they used the same tactics they were demonizing back when YOU used them before.

But I think the problem is that people who talk about the liberal’s inability to be multifaceted or take responsibility for past behavior do so in a way that scapegoats the people who are victims of the policies folks *are* fighting against instead of talking about the reason why companies and *allies* only show up for certain “causes”. 

I think that the conversation around this needs to center around why violence against us is so normalized that people accept it as “The way Youtube is”.  Or they see it as black people “complaining” about something that’s “just part of life” and “if you don’t like it, leave”.  I think we also have a responsibility to take a serious look at the history of the U.S. and how racism was so normalized that people didn’t see it as “fascism” till now (and even now, they don't’ see the racism or antisemitism or transphobia, etc. itself as “fascism”, even though many of these things have been happening for YEARS, they just don’t like who’s enacting it).  The apathy here happens because of the precedents set way before Trump was even a presidential candidate, not because Jewish, Muslims, or Native people are uniquely privileged over other marginalized groups.  I don’t think a country that committed genocide, had Jim Crow and turned Jewish refugees away during the the Holocaust can honestly pretend everything now isn’t an extension of that.

**Though I do think people in those groups should think about the fact that the reason black, queer and trans people have to force their way into the center of these resistance movements is due to the fact that they will always ignore what happens to us otherwise (even those of us who are a part of their groups), because the violence against us is normalized in their spaces just like it is in ‘cis white spaces.”**

The Guest of Honor

Summary: Sam is catering an event at the president of his college’s home, a birthday party for the president’s granddaughter.  He meets a young woman who is assisting with the setup for the party and they hit it off only for him to learn that he’s developed a crush on the guest of honor.  

Pairing: Sam Winchester x Reader

Word Count: 2368

Warnings: AU - SPN stuff doesn’t exist, drinking of alcoholic beverages, a little bit of insecure Sam but, really, just lots of fluff.

A/N: So, I actually catered my way through school and it was AWESOME.  I made some amazing friends working for the catering service and, while the main plot line of this story didn’t happen to me, I often found myself in the president’s home serving drinks or the school’s reception hall serving a pre-lecture dinner to a guest speaker and faculty from the department that invited them and some of the side stories did, in fact, occur.  The president of my school literally only ever drank sparkling water or Beefeater Gin, which is why/how that liquor inspired this fic for @winchester-writes Birthday Challenge, along with the prompt “Come on! I wanna dance!”.  I knew it was a Birthday Challenge when I signed up to write but I didn’t know it was a 21st Birthday until after I had finished writing, I swear!

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anonymous asked:

I feel like Amandla had the right to go off. People saw one photo and that was enough to commence a dragging, despite the fact that she's given us no reason to doubt her before. Like, we haven't even gotten a teaser yet. Amandla's activism has been rock solid for YEARS and I doubt she'd throw all that away for some movie that probably won't even break 25 million in the box office. Call out culture and hive mentalities are the only explanation for this kind of response.

NO. Oh man. Alright, imma say it again. What you (and Amandla) are saying reduces HUGE CRITICISMS of the movie as Anti-Semitic (which it is) by a whoooole lot of people, MOST IMPORTANTLY, Jewish folks and those affected by the Holocaust to ‘dragging culture’. No. You’re invalidating a whole bunch of important critiques and honestly contributing to anti-semitism.

Trust me, I can see WHY you all would think this way but INCORRECT. Amandla is not above making a mistake, they are young and learning. Their ‘activism’ is just beginning, they gotta take this L. Talking about hive mind and dragging culture is ‘I Don’t Wanna Own Up to my Internalized Bigotries 101’.

Sherlock Holmes is Jewish

You will take this over my cold dead body, if you can pry my battered and much-loved New Annotated Editions from my rigor-mortised fingers.

Holmes is described as dark-haired and pale, with a large nose and deep-set eyes–all characteristics of the “typical” description of a Jewish person (and the kind we might expect out of a series from the 1880s). He’s a violin virtuoso and makes his money in nontraditional ways (prizefighting, being a consulting detective), much like Jewish folks in England once p much had the option of being peddlers or tax-collectors but most of their means would have had to be earned “off the books.” His close family is never mentioned except his brother Mycroft, who’s basically kept his job only by making himself truly irreplaceable.

Holmes has academic knowledge of some religious subjects, but scoffs at the idea he’d have a bible in his house even though he keeps a wide variety of reference-books. He’s also well-educated, and although he takes fees for his consulting work, he states multiple times that if a client is poor and the case is of sufficient interest, he’ll waive his fee altogether–an act of tzedekah, perhaps?

@fromchaostocosmos, @jewish-privilege I feel like you guys would enjoy adding the Great Master to the ranks. I certainly find the canon evidence compelling.

program-princess  asked:

Is the genocide in the 1940s of Jewish folk just xenophobia too? Also you say you do not know much about racism but yet claim you know what is and isn't racism.

Have you heard about anti-seminism like holy shit? Jewish people experience anti-seminism, not racism because being Jewish is not a fucking race ~🐱

Vintage set of playing cards depicting Jewish women’s folk costumes from around the world. The countries, fro right to left, are as follows:

First row: Turkey, Bulgaria, Hodu (India), Yazan (Wiesen; could be Switzerland, Austria, or Bavaria, apparently)

Second row: Hungaria, Holland, Turkmenistan, Israel

Third row: Russia, Serbia (fun fact: for a second I misread it as Siberia), Teiman (Yemen), Italy

Fourth row: Poland, (This one I can’t entirely read, but I think it says Paras, or Persia. Interestingly, it looks more like Uzbek clothing), Kavkaz (the Caucasus), Romania

Calling all Marvel fan-creators

You’ve heard the bullshit. Of course you have.

I am proposing that we make 1 June 2016 a DAY OF JEWISH COMICS. Jewish people created this industry and the beloved, nigh-immortal characters still so popular to this day. Let’s fight the antisemitism of the current moneyed creators and give back to the community that has given us so much by putting out fanart and fanfic that returns Jewish characters and influence to the (positive) spotlight.

DC fans are welcome too! Y’all want to put out some Superman celebrating Purim or Batman protecting a synagogue or Harley Quinn taking a giant hammer to the current Cap writers, GO FOR IT. We are here to show that Jewish people have, and have always had, a place in these comics and this giant unwieldy mega-fandom, whether their home of choice is Avengers Tower or the city of Gotham. (Massively Multiplayer Marvel/DC Jewish crossover? FRICK YEAH.)

Folks who may not have fanworks to contribute, but want to take part: as with any celebration of Judaism, we can expect the tag to garner jackasses who have nothing better to do with their time than hate on people they’ve never met. You can be a superhero in your own right by patrolling the celebration tag and doing a block/report on any usernames you see trying to spread antisemitism or make the tag unsafe for Jewish users.

To add fanworks, use the tag #jewishcomicsday. Please REBLOG and spread the word, and let’s take comics back from people who want to make them a bastion of hate!

You Shall Have Mercy
Maureen Nehedar
You Shall Have Mercy

I love her music. She comes from a Persian-Jewish background (born in Isfahan), & has created a revival of traditional Persian-Jewish folk music. This particular song though is in Hebrew rather than Farsi & it’s so beautiful.


Jewish Fashion Week: Liraz Charhi, a Persian Jewish singer, with an interesting Love Me like You Do cover, wearing folk fashion clothing and accessories

This is super quick, and simplified, but I feel a need to point it out because stuff like this gets confusing; There’s a difference between an actual racist caricature, and characters with certain traits being cast as villains. For example, a Nazi propaganda illustration with a grotesquely exaggerated Jewish portrait is not the same thing as, say… Mother Gothel. 
The first one has only one intent and that’s to spread hatred, the other one is a case of a character with traits often associated with us Jewish folks being cast as a villain. 
Her design on its own, devoid of any context is actually quite nice, I find it very attractive! The ‘cast as a villain’ is the part that’s an issue, but people get confused and think the criticisms against certain character designs mean “don’t ever draw a character who looks like this,” instead of, “try not to cast a character who looks a certain way in a negative light.”

(I’ve seen a similar thing happen when it comes to illustrating queer characters as well, specifically butch lesbians; people talk about how butch characteristics are seen as negative, inexperienced people get confused and think that butch characteristics are bad, full-stop. People start thinking that illustrating a butch lesbian character is ‘adhering to stereotypes.’ So on and so forth.)