jewish-feminism

Does the sun ask itself, “Am I good? Am I worthwhile? Is there enough of me?” No, it burns and it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “What does the moon think of me? How does Mars feel about me today?” No it burns, it shines. Does the sun ask itself, “Am I as big as other suns in other galaxies?” No, it burns, it shines.
—  Andrea Dworkin, Our blood: prophecies and discourses on sexual politics (1976)
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How Richard Spencer's home town weathered a neo-Nazi 'troll storm'
The residents of Whitefish, a small Montana ski town, provoked an onslaught of antisemitic harassment for standing up to the ‘alt-right’ racist in their midst.
By Lois Beckett

This is a really good read. I’m hesitant to share so many stories of anti-semitism, but this is also a remarkable story of prolonged resistance by a town coming together, with the help of young anti-fascists and Standing Rock vets. and it worked. and they served matzoh ball soup. Really amazing

I hate it when white women like to act like they’re not white when they claim to be Jewish. Ummm, you’re white, and being Jewish doesn’t hide your white privilege, it actually makes you more privilege. Being Jewish doesn’t make you a Women of Colour when most Jews are BEYOND white passing. 
Jews in the United States and Europe are FAR overrepresented in banking, the media, the justice system, government, ect. Jews also played a huge role in the slave trade where most of the slave ships were Jewish owned. If anything being Jewish is a privilege which has historically and still is favoring their own and benefiting off the struggles of People of Colour which has aided white supremacy. If you’re jewish and want to aid people of colour in their struggles and rape, check your privilege and call out people you know for their racism, sexism, misogyny, ect.

it was overwhelmingly jewish women that were targeted for vicious harassment in whitefish, montana. Said the co-chair of a local anti-neo nazi org, “There’s a hierarchy here in who got attacked,” Randall noted. It was misogyny, not just antisemitism, that was super-charging the attacks, he said. Jewish women – “successful Jewish women” – were the top targets, “then the businesses that support them, then maybe the men”.

I begin with teshuva. Not repentance in its stiff, starched whites, but return like a spiral of purple silks. Not a beating of my chest, but a soothing hand on my heart. I want to be involved in a process of teshuva that lets me see where I have failed without drowning me in the self-doubt I am finally learning my way out of. I want a teshuva that is about integrating different parts of myself and understanding that the more whole I allow myself to be, the closer I will come to righteousness.
—  Tamara R. Cohen, “Returning to Sarah” in Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days (1997), edited by Gail Twersky Reimer and Judith A. Kates
"Jewish Princess" by Frank Zappa

I want a nasty little jewish princess
With long phony nails and a hairdo that rinses
A horny little jewish princess
With a garlic aroma that could level tacoma
Lonely inside
Well, she can swallow my pride

I want a hairy little jewish princess
With a brand new nose, who knows where it goes
I want a steamy little jewish princess
With over-worked gums, who squeaks when she cums
I don’t want no troll
I just want a yemenite hole

I want a darling little jewish princess
Who don’t shit about cooking and is arrogant looking
A vicious little jewish princess
To specifically happen with a pee-pee that’s snappin
All up inside
I just want a princess to ride
Awright, back to the top…everybody twist

I want a funky little jewish princess
A grinder; a bumper, with a pre-moistened dumper
A brazen little jewish princess
With titanic tits, and sand-blasted zits
She can even be poor
So long as she does it with four on the floor
(vapor-lock)

I want a dainty little jewish princess
With a couple of sisters who can raise a few blisters
A fragile little jewish princess
With romanian thighs, who weasels n lies
For two or three nights
Wont someone send me a princess who bites
Wont someone send me a princess who bites
Wont someone send me a princess who bites
Wont someone send me a princess who bites

FUCK YOU, FRANK ZAPPA.

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a long overdue submission post to the readersofcolor tumblr: 

alright so this is how i’m livin. my name is ari, and i’m a jewish studies undergrad. i primarily study eastern european jewry, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE talmud & rabbinics (basically biblical commentary), and jewish feminism rooted in theology. since i am taking a rabbinics class at amherst college, i am using it as an excuse to revisit books in my collection that i never got to read all the way through {or at all in some cases}.  

currently listed: 

  • Bread and Fire: Jewish Women find god in the everyday
  • Back to the Sources
  • Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism
  • The Essential Talmud
  • The Coming of Lillith
  • The Five Books of Moses by Robert Alter 
  • Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish life and law
  • Eros and the Jews by David Biale
  • Jews and Feminism by Laura Levitt
  • How to read the bible by James Kugel
  • Taking the Plunge: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to the Mikveh
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Couldn’t make it to “Good Girls, Nasty Women: Gender and American Jewish History” last month? Good news: we have the live recording! Watch now to hear Lynn Povich, Bonnie S. Anderson, and Rebecca Traister discuss the history and future of feminism and women’s movements with Bari Weiss of The New York Times Opinion!

Paula Hyman 

Paula Hyman was born in 1946, in Massachusetts, USA. Judaism was very important in her upbringing, and she remained committed to it for the entirety of her life. She received her Bachelor of the Arts from Radcliffe College in 1968. During high school and college, she spent many additional hours studying Hebrew and Jewish texts at the Hebrew Teachers College of Boston, and in 1966 received her Bachelor of Journalism from this school. In 1975, she earned her PhD from Columbia University. Her dissertation was “From Dreyfus to Vichy: The Remaking of French Jewry, 1906–1939,” and immediately established her place amongst Jewish historians. 

In 1976, Hyman co-authored “The Jewish Woman in America,” the beginning of her commitment to bringing Jewish women’s narratives into historical narratives. She became the first woman to be the dean of the Seminary College of Jewish Studies in 1981, as well as teaching history at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In 1986, she became the Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale, and in 2004 was elected the president of the American Academy for Jewish research. Also in 2004, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Historical Studies, awarded by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Hyman’s longstanding commitment to Jewish women’s voices and history has had a far-reaching impact and will continue to inspire many. 

Want to know more? Check out: 

  • Gender and Assimilation in Modern Jewish History: The Roles and Representation of Women by Paula Hyman
  • The Jewish Woman in America by Paula Hyman, Charlotte Baum, and Sonya Michel 
  • Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia by Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore