rabinovvitz asked:

What are all the names for G-d about? Everyone on tumblr seems to say Hashem, which I'd never even heard before I got here. At my temple we say Adonai and occasionally Elohim. Are there meanings behind the different names?

Adonai and Elohim are generally used in prayer when you are specifically addressing G-d. To build a fence around the Torah and protect the holiness of G-d’s name, many Jews will only use those words during prayer and will say “Hashem/Adoshem” and “Elokim” instead when talking about G-d in a non-praying context.

I was in an argument with someone regarding bisexuality and religion, and this person was completely aware that I am an orthodox Jew because I had mentioned it minutes before.

They then started to spout off quotes from 1st corinthians to prove that I would be going to hell and asked me how I could consider myself religious if the text said such things.

Ah yes, what a bad Jew I am to disregard the sacred text of the New Testament.

Open invitation

Hello, miscellaneous individuals on tumblr. If any of you would like to crochet (or knit, I’m open to knitting) shawls for those going through difficult times in their lives, would you mind checking out my blog? I sort of need more than just me. Sorry! Thank you for reading this and have a serendipitous day! (Additionally, if you are going through a difficult time and would like a shawl, feel free to drop an ask, but there will be a bit (lot) of delay bc there is still only me. Sincerest apologies) 

Don't Give Up

Sometimes we feel like we want to give up. When things seem to be going against us we can feel sunk. But the Torah teaches us otherwise.

In this week’s Torah portion, Moses asks God to let him come into the land of Israel with the rest of the Jewish people. God had already told him that he wouldn’t be allowed into the land. But Moses doesn’t give up. He just keeps on praying and praying to be able to come in. Moses knows that God is very merciful and might still let him in.

Our sages teach us never to give up, even when the sword is at out neck, meaning that even when things look hopeless, we should still try to do what we can. We should ask God for help, and we should never give up hope.

kitcaz asked:

Re: kippot and tallit anon. Kippot - go for it. Tallit - probs not because you're not supposed to wear one until after you are bnei mitzvah. Technically it is a right of passage that comes with age, but I think it only applies once conversion is complete. So as soon as you have completed your conversion, go for some Tallit, but until then I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to and should stick with kippot. I may be wrong, as your Rabbi, but that's what I've always been taught.

Yeah. There are definitely more customs surrounding the Tallit than Kippot. Some congregations find it preferable for goyim with no plans to convert to wear kippot in the synagogue as a sign of general respect. But, for the third time, you should really follow your rabbi’s guidance on this.


L’art judéo-amazigh de Chama Mechtaly censuré au Maroc:

Chama Mechtaly, jeune artiste autodidacte marocaine et héritière d’une identité judéo-amazighe exprime à travers son art un Maroc pluriel. Il n’est malheureusement pas du goût de tous.

Quand Chama Mechtaly nous reçoit dans son atelier éphémère, le temps semble presque suspendu. Assise entourée de ses toiles, une blouse maculée de tâches multicolores pour bleu de travail, on est encore loin d’imaginer que la jeune peintre autodidacte participe avec vigueur à briser le mur des différences entre juifs et musulmans d’origine nord-africaine. Plus qu’un travail de peintre, la jeune femme, qui poursuit ses études à Boston aux Etats-Unis en Relations internationales et résolution des conflits, nous livre également un travail d’historienne, d’anthropologue, avec beaucoup de sensibilité et de témérité.

« Drapeau marocain revisité » : une œuvre frappée par la censure

En offrant un panorama de l’identité judéo-amazighe unique en son genre au public marocain, la jeune femme a cependant dû faire face à un obstacle de taille. Le jour de son vernissage, Chama a en effet reçu l’injonction de retirer l’un de ses tableaux de la part du directeur du complexe. Le tableau en question s’intitule « Drapeau marocain revisité », une toile sur fond rouge, avec en son centre, une étoile de David, verte, en référence à l’étoile de David qui existait sur le drapeau de nombreuses confréries chérifiennes et sur le drapeau marocain de la zone du Protectorat espagnol avant l’arrivée du Maréchal Lyautey qui procéda à son retrait.

L’œuvre en question avait pourtant reçu l’aval du Directeur bien avant son exposition. Ce dernier indique ainsi à la jeune femme que l’étoile de David présente sur ces toiles « pouvait choquer le public et provoquer des réactions extrémistes ». « J’ai expliqué que l’étoile de David est un symbole présent partout au Moyen-Orient et en Méditerranée et que ce n’est pas qu’un symbole du judaïsme. C’est un symbole que juifs, musulmans et chrétiens partagent, pour moi c’est vraiment un symbole unifiant », souligne la jeune femme qui interpelle également le directeur sur sa présence. «  Choquée par sa demande je lui ai affirmé que s’il me forçait à les enlever, qu’il m’enlève aussi et qu’on annule mon exposition parce que je porte une Khamsa avec l’étoile de David également », ajoute-t-elle.

Après de longues négociations, Chama se voit finalement dans l’obligation de retirer son œuvre sur le motif suivant : déformation d’un emblème national. Un outrage passible de six mois à trois ans de prison selon le Code Pénal et d’une  amende  de  10.000  à  100.000  dirhams. « Ce que je trouve absurde, c’est une œuvre d’art, il faut savoir que dans ce tableau j’ai mis le tifinagh, l’hébreu et l’arabe. Donc toutes les composantes de l’identité marocaine selon la constitution de 2011 », s’étonne-t-elle.

Source: http://telquel.ma/2015/07/27/portrait-lart-judeo-amazigh-chama-mechtaly_1456668

Is something big about to happen at al-Aqsa/the Temple Mount?

Is something big about to happen at al-Aqsa/the Temple Mount?

Speaking of Israel and Palestine, there seems to be a growing concern that the Israeli government may do something to change the legal status of al-Aqsa: On Monday, chunks of rock still peppered the entrance to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site. Volunteers worked to remove shards of glass and metal, but parts of the crimson and gold carpet were charred by stun grenades hurled into…

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For people who say that antisemitism has been eradicated:

+ “Jewish girls aren’t pretty.”

+ “You’re going to burn in hell.”

+ “Why did your people murder Jesus?”

+ “So what do they do at Jewish camps? Teach you how to do taxes?”

+ My mother was called a “Jewish cunt” and “fucking Jew bitch” by an aggressive stranger on the street today.

+ Somebody carved a swastika into the sidewalk in front of my home when I was a little kid.

+ When I try to buy a Hannukah card for my parents, the only ones I can find (if any) are cards for holding checks/cash.

+ Stormfront. Jew Watch. National Alliance. Aryan Nations.

+ Israel. Enough said.

+ On March 19 of 2012, Mohamed Merah opened fire on a Jewish school in Tolouse, killing several paratroopers, a rabbi, and three children aged 3, 6, and 8. (link 1, link 2, link 3)

+ The Anti-Defamation League surveyed 53,100 people in over 100 countries regarding their views on Jewish people and common stereotypes about Jews. The results reflected that 26% of those surveyed (suggesting 1.09 billion people worldwide) harbor some degree of antisemitism.

There is SO much more I could add, but I’m exhausted.

Fellow Jews, feel free to reblog and add your own bullet points.

Goodnight, internet.

Antisemites are quick to spread the idea that Jews are incredibly wealthy people who have a great deal of social capital and wield a lot of control, and it’s darkly humorous to me at this point.

Being Jewish, for quite a lot of Jewish history, meant that you would live in poverty and oppression. You might get lucky and take a job that paid well but the gentiles wouldn’t take, circumstance might just be on your side, but for the most part, your opportunities would be severely limited.

Even today, Jewish poverty is a very real problem. In New York City alone, over 500,000 Jews live near or below the poverty line. Many of these Jews are Shoah/Holocaust survivors, and quite a few are fairly recent immigrants, frequently from Russia or the former Soviet Union. Poverty is also common within the Hasidic community. [x]

“Jewish” and “living in poverty” are not and have never been oxymorons. The truth is that Jews are not endowed with some sort of psychic force that draws material wealth to them, and in many cases, Jews are more likely to be poor than the general populace.