jewish journal


spreads for this month + this week! happy pride everybody. its nice that my monthly goals now are not tasks so much as simply things i want to do.

my reading this week in joseph telushkins the book of jewish values really struck a chord with me. i realized how unwilling i often am to apologize to others unless i feel that i am 100% in the wrong. somehow, i feel that others have to be held just as accountable, or “justice” isnt being done. this book made me realize how harmful that way of thinking can be in a lot of ways. it takes guts to admit that youre wrong without expecting something in return. i want to keep working on that and working on releasing my anger to become a better person and friend.

Lemony Snicket's Commentary in 'The New American Haggadah'

On ‘The Four Sons’:

Some scholars believe there are four kinds of parents as well.

The Wise Parent is an utter bore. “Listen closely, because you are younger than I am,” says the Wise Parent, “and I will go on and on about Jewish history, based on some foggy memories of my own religious upbringing, as well as an article in a Jewish journal I have recently skimmed.” The Wise Parent must be faced with a small smile of dim interest.

The Wicked Parent tries to cram the story of our liberation into a set of narrow opinions about the world. “The Lord let us out of Egypt,” the Wicked Parent says, “which is why I support a bloodthirsty foreign policy and I’m tired of certain types of people causing problems.” The Wicked Parent should be told with a firm voice: “With a strong hand God rescued the Jews from bondage, but it was my own clumsy hand that spilled hot soup in your lap.”

The Simple Parent does not grasp the concept of freedom. “There will be no macaroons until you eat all of your brisket,” says the Simple Parent at a dinner honoring the liberation of oppressed peoples. “Also, stop slouching at the table.” In answer to such statements, the Wise Child will roll his eyes in the direction of the ceiling and declare: “Let my people go.”

The Parent Who Is Unable to Inquire has had too much wine and should be excused from the table.

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anonymous asked:

Hello! If you don't mind me asking, why does it matter so much to you that the stans are Jewish? It's nice that your headcanon is confirmed but I personally never really thought about characters' religions as something worth thinking about. Can you explain what the big fuss is about? Is it about representation? Have a nice day and thanks in advance!

It means different things to different people, I’m sure. Representation is important for some. For me it felt more personal.

Stan always felt a little ethnically Jewish to me. His snarky, eye-rolling world-wearyness has a very similar flavor to a lot of the older male relatives on my father’s side. A lot of his mannerisms have a sort of “ambiguously Jewish” tone. I guess some people were worried he might be a stereotype because he’s cheap and greedy, a crooked businessman, but…meh. It doesn’t bother me, especially since his obsession with money ties so deeply into his backstory. 

It was in AToTS when I saw the mezuzah on the door of Pines Pawns that I really became invested in the idea. It seemed like an unambiguous message to the audience that the Pines family was Jewish (even if Stan and Ford are obviously not observant.) Something that the Jewish portion of the audience would notice immediately, but that wouldn’t be super obvious to everyone.

Because of that it was a little disappointing when Alex said that the Pines had no official religion. I respected that, even if it made the mezuzah confusing, but by that point it was a headcanon close to my heart. So, since I never thought that headcanon would actually be confirmed, Dipper talking about Stan’s bar mitzvah was huge for me. 

(And I will go to my grave thinking that line also confirmed that Dipper and Mabel were raised in either a Jewish or partly Jewish household, because most non-Jews wouldn’t have said “to temple,” probably would have said “to the synagogue” instead.)

To be honest, I personally don’t usually care a ton about seeing lots of Jewish characters in the media. I always found it annoying when my dad would list Jewish celebrities and the like. But…for these characters that I love so much to have a Jewish identity that neither completely defines them nor is completely invisible means so, so much to me. 


Pictured above is the first issue of The Midwestern Journal of Jewish Rage. I wanted to make a zine in the hopes we can some day have a group collaboration project. It’s mostly all new writing (only one thing is reprinted from tumblr). I’m selling them at $3.40 to cover printing and postage. Paypal link below. Anyone who wants to get some ideas going for a future zine/issue get in touch.

Why German Jewry did not Leave in 1933: Further Reading pt. 6

“They bind our hands and then complain that we do not make use of them.” –Moses Mendelssohn

Introduction: Why German Jewry did not Leave in 1933
Part 1: The Enlightenment and Napoleon
Part 2: Revolution and Reform
Part 3: Unification, Emancipation, and Assimilation
Part 4: World War I and the End of an Era
Conclusion: Why German Jewry did not Leave in 1933
Further Reading: pt. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Because this series took place (so to speak) against the backdrop of around 150 years of German History, I put together a list of books for people who want to learn more about that backdrop. There are a lot of books on the list, so I’ll be posting them over the next week.

Hitler and the Nazi Period

The Racial State: Germany 1933-1945 by Michael Burleigh and Wolfgang Wippermann

Germany 1866-1945 (Oxford History of Modern Europe) by Gordon A. Craig

Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 by Saul Friedlander

German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation by William W. Hagen

To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 by Ian Kershaw

Hitler: Profiles in Power by Ian Kershaw

Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris by Ian Kershaw

Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century by Mark Mazower

The Crisis of German Ideology : Intellectual Origins of the Third Reich by George L. Mosse

Immigration History and Policy

FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman

Refugees from Nazi Germany and the Liberal European States by Frank Caestecker

Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882 by Roger Daniels

Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life by Roger Daniels

American Immigration: A Very Short Introduction by David A. Gerber

Jewish History in Germany

Cultural Revolution in Berlin: Jews in the Age of Enlightenment (Journal of Jewish Studies Supplement Series) by Shmuel Feiner

Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 by Saul Friedlander

Jews and the German State: The Political History of a Minority, 1848-1933 by Peter Pulzer

Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Germany, 1800-1914 by Helmut Walser Smith

The Transformation of German Jewry, 1780-1840 by David Sorkin

Past recommendations may be found here: Further Reading

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