Antisemitic Employment Discrimination

I recently answered an anonymous ask that derided the idea that Jewish people experience employment discrimination, and have received some feedback from Jews who have experienced it:

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Things that are antisemitic

This is not an exhaustive list, but merely one to give a general shape to the discourse. I use antisemitic here to mean both “discriminatory against Jews” and also “broadly offensive to most Jews.”

* Implying or stating that Jews are not human, less human, or inherently evil

* Implying or stating that Jews view themselves as superior to non-Jews

* Implying or stating that Jews are inherently greedy, or inherently tight-fisted

* Implying or stating that Jews drink blood or use blood for ritual purposes, especially human blood

* Implying or stating that Jews control any country other than Israel, the media, or the entertainment industry

* Implying or stating that Jews are not an ethnoreligious group with its origins in the Levant–this includes both “it’s just a religion!” and various permutations on the Khazar theory and others

* Denying the existence of non-Ashkenazi/ non-European Jews, or using the word “Jews” in a way that makes it clear you’re referring solely to white people

* Implying or stating that the Holocaust/Shoah did not happen, that the amount of people killed was exaggerated, or that the Jews actually caused the Holocaust/Shoah

* Implying or stating that the Holocaust/Shoah was the only major attempt by non-Jews to commit genocide against the Jews in history

* Implying or stating that Jews should have “learned” from the Holocaust/Shoah

* Attempting to redefine antisemitism so that the statement you just made is not antisemitic

* Stating any of the above, but replacing “Jews” with “Zionists,” “Israelis,” or “Israel”

If anyone else would like to add anything on, be my guest

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry, employment discrimination? Jews? Have you ever walked into a law firm? You can't miss them, they're usually the big buildings with Jewish names on the front.

I’m certain if you were to run through forbes rich list, the single most represented “minority” would be Jews. There’d be more Jewish men than any other group.  Discrimination may occur, but we are by no means oppressed.

If you read my answer and the only thing you came away with is “hurr durr employment discrimination,” then I have to question whether you even care about the sort of struggles that the Jewish community does face.

Jewish employment discrimination can happen (if you have work experience with a clearly-Jewish organization on your resume and a hiring manager is a raging antisemite, for example), but it is so low on the list of my concerns related to the Jewish community. I’m sorry, but murders and synagogue bombings and the desecration of Jewish graves … as terrible as employment discrimination would be, it just doesn’t compare to being murdered because you’re Jewish.

And Jews succeeding in certain fields isn’t proof that discrimination doesn’t occur or that oppression of Jews isn’t a real problem. Nice try, but that just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Just for the record, I know plenty of Jews who have changed their names or removed certain details from the resumes so they couldn’t be flagged as Jewish as easily. Even if some Jews succeed, it doesn’t mean that Jews as a whole don’t face any struggles.

anonymous asked:

Talk about how hermione is Jewish! Because I want this.

I don’t know if you mean in terms of why I interpret her as such or headcanons so I’ll do both.

Why I believe Hermione is Jewish

  • Both her parents are dentists, which is a stereotypically Jewish career
  • She has frizzy, bushy brown hair, which lots of Jewish people have
  • She’s muggle-born, and if you choose to interpret blood-status and the wizarding wars as an allegory for the Holocaust (this as a popular interpretation as far as I know), this equates her to Jewish.
  • She is smart and cares a lot about school(Jewish people have valued education for a long time)
  • She isn’t shown to have a particular attachment to Christmas, whereas other characters do
  • While Granger is not a Jewish surname, Judaism is traditionally passed down Matrilineally, so her mother could have been the Jewish ancestor
  • Rose, Hermione’s daughter’s name is used fairly often by Jewish people as an anglicized version of many different hebrew names
  • There are very few positive Jewish characters, and Hermione could be so easily interpreted as Jewish that I choose to do so to be able to give myself some representation

Headcanons

  • Hermione’s hebrew name is Cheftzibah
  • She kept track of the holidays in Hogwarts and tried her best to observe them
  • She taught McGonagall about what was involved in observing Jewish Holidays and McGonagall insisted on allowing her to miss classes when necessary and provided her with resources to help her observe
  • She isn’t incredibly religious but is very proud of her heritage and tries to keep traditions going
  • When Ron found out she was staying in school during Hanukkah, he wrote to Molly and the Weasleys sent her a menorah and a box of Hanukkah candles
  • When Harry found out, he insisted on paying for at least the candles
  • All of the Gryffindors watched Hermione light the candles so she decided to teach them the brachah (blessing for my gentile followers).
  • This becomes a tradition in the Gryffindor common room, and the other Jewish students are let right in by the fat lady all eight nights every year
  • Rose and Hugo have Bar/Bat Mitzvahs even though Hermione couldn’t while she was at Hogwarts

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Tefillin: Bind Yourself by Rivka Nehorai

Etching created by dipping a copper plate into a bath of acid. The acid “bites” into the metal (it dissolves part of the metal) where it is exposed, leaving behind lines sunk into the plate. The remaining ground is then cleaned off the plate. The plate is inked all over, and then the ink wiped off the surface, leaving only the ink in the etched lines. 

anonymous asked:

Is being Orthodox something your born into or have to "convert" into if you were raised as a more secular Jew? Like if a Christian was raised Lutheran they would have to formally convert to being say Baptist or something even though both are Christian one just has a stricter interpretation of scripture. Am I making sense?

Halachically, Jews are Jews – any halachically Jewish person can move between denominations at will. However, if a person is Jewish according to Reform or Liberal (or Reconstructionist or Humanist or…) rules, they may not be Jewish according to halacha. The reason for this is that Progressive (umbrella term for the previous) Judaism accepts patrilineal Judaism (if someone has a Jewish father but not a Jewish mother) but Orthodox Judaism doesn’t. Also, if someone converts, Orthodox Judaism does not accept non-Orthodox conversions.

But in most cases people are halachically Jewish in most denominations and can therefore move freely. I was raised Reform and became Orthodox.

Was Jesus the Messiah? Did he fulfill the Jewish prophecies? The Gospel of Matthew says Jesus flees to Egypt to escape Herod’s massacre, not because it happened since there is no historical proof of it, but because it fulfills the words of the Hebrew Bible prophecy when Hosea says, “Out of Egypt I have called my son” (Hosea 11:1). So the story from the Gospel of Matthew does not reveal any facts about Jesus but tries to make Jesus into the new Moses, considering that the Hebrew Bible tells us that Moses survived Pharaoh’s massacre of the Israelites, and emerged from Egypt with a new law from God (Exodus 1:22). Similarly, in order to make Jesus appear as the Messiah, the Gospel of Luke places Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, not because it actually took place there, because it did not since Jesus was born in Nazareth, but because in the Hebrew Bible it says, “and you Bethlehem…from you shall come to me a ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2). Hence in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is meant to be the new King David, as the new King of the Jews, placed on God’s throne to rule over the promised land. Most importantly, Jesus died without fulfilling the single most important of the prophecies, which was the restoration of Israel.

The Maximoffs and Jewishness

Hydra is a Nazi organization, even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Baron von Strucker, the Hydra agent in charge of the experiments on Wanda and Pietro, is an actual literal Nazi in the comics. It is beyond offensive for Whedon to whitewash the Maximoffs of their racial heritage, let alone have them eagerly sign up to let Nazis experiment on them.

Hi. Yes. I’m Jewish.

The above quote regarding Marvel Studios’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is over a year old and taken from a source that has likely moved on to other things. 

For me, the idea lingers uncomfortably. 

1. Jews are not your model victims. Trauma, torture, death, and physical/psychological pain does not alone breed decent people or villains, just those who have withstood it. There are individuals who lived through the Holocaust who went on to do good things and individuals who were scarred, hardened, or infuriated by what they had to do to survive. 

The last Holocaust museum I went to had a video of a survivor talking about how, as a boy, he had to steal bread from his father who eventually died or he, himself, would have starved to death. Whether or not you see a fictional organization as a Nazi off-shoot, Jewish people, and by extension, Jewish characters are under no obligation to interact or respond to anyone in “ideal” ways. There is no one way to react to you or your family being oppressed or persecuted. Do not invalidate someone’s experiences because they fall outside their perceived narrative.

2. Jewish people, Romani, and others in concentration camps DID NOT VOLUNTEER. Nazi experimentation (TW/this article made me feel nauseous) was forced, coerced, and/or often done on children who could not consent to what was happening to them. These experiments were methodically inconsistent, sometimes administered to unknowing subjects, and often set up as torture rather than any real way to benefit society. Regardless of the intent of the organization involved, concentration camp experimentation should not be confused with people who volunteer with informed consent for experiments.  

3. White washing. Many Jews may conceptualize their identities differently, but to my knowledge, while we’re not even historically all white, many Jewish people in Europe and the US identify as a white minority, an ethnicity or a a collection of cultural traits tied together by time, religion, and place. Irish Americans are a white minority, for example, though obviously from a different background. 

I’m not very comfortable with the term “white washing” as it relates to myself as a) this seems dismissive of the experiences of more visible minorities (our experiences intersect, definitely, but are not the same) and b) most Jewish people I know (and perhaps myself) aren’t “visibly” Jewish, whatever that means. While it will come up eventually, identifying myself as Jewish doesn’t tend to be the first thing to come out of my mouth when I introduce myself.

So, returning to the experiences of Marvel characters. I’m not 100% satisfied with Pietro and Wanda’s depiction in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but don’t turn that criticism into how I’m supposed to be your model minority. That feels, in its own small way, dehumanizing. If you are fighting for oppressed voices to be heard or represented in media, do not take over that conversation for them. Do not tell me what my identity is or when or how I should be offended.

where my tumblr jewish girls at?

i’m doing birthright in the winter and i’m actually looking into “Adult hebrew school” and getting bat mitzvahed because after 21 years of being jewish i’m finally taking an interest in my heritage 

i’m still agnostic and questioning as hell but i feel like becoming officially jewish is right for me and is what i need in my life right now. and i’d really like some friends to talk to about it.

So this one time in Shul...

Today I went to the synagogue I have been attending for about a month now for a panel discussing a recent trip to Israel with local Christian clergy.

The essence of the panel and the trip was to take local christian clergy from denominations that have voted or are voting to boycott/ disburse/ separate ties from Israel etc. and actually take them there.  When I first heard about it, like any good person who went to a small liberal arts college in the northeast, I didn’t want to go near it with a 10 foot pole. (I went to school near Brandeis, and hence know better than to be anywhere within pie throwing distance of a discussion on Israel/ Palestine.)

That being said, I come from the PC(USA) which started/ brought into the mainstream the whole disbursement controversy.  I also noted that on the panel was a minister I had spoken to about chaplaincy vocation a few years back and the executive presbyter of the Presbytery I am an inquirer in.  I love and respect both of them and I was curious how they would respond.

Also in the back of my head, I saw this as a great opportunity to experience both religious callings (PC(USA) and Reform Judaism) in the same room and see if it would help my discernment process.

Spoilers! It didn’t.

If there is anyone that I would secretly want to be BFFs with in this world, it is the executive presbyter. He is so cool and compassionate, but also insanely well spoken and intelligent.  He also has a great sense of humor.  If Barack Obama was a Presbyterian minister, he would be this guy… and that’s not just because he is black (although having a black Executive Presbyter speaks volumes about progress in a still predominantly white denomination… in the south no less!).  Seeing him sit next to the Rabbi and hearing how honest yet harmonizing his comments were in such a tense environment… it just was too much for my calvinist heart to handle.

And that is where it hit me.

Shit hit the metaphorical fan like expected, and if it weren’t for clergy who know how to calm a situation and read an audience, I wouldn’t have been surprised had pie been thrown.  

While tension and feelings rose from predominately Jewish voices, I was reminded just how much of an outsider I am.  Judaism as a cultural expression and experience is not my home and nor do I think it ever will be.  Theologically I could align with Judaism and perhaps begin to understand the importance of the cultural aspect… but other than that, I can get no farther.  Judaism will never be home for my soul.  It can be a home for my mind and maybe my heart… but never for my soul.  That part of me will always be held by the Presbyterian church and any remnants of Christianity that I subconsciously still hold on to.

The whole thing has just added to the complexity of my decision.  Do I convert where my soul isn’t at home?  Do I remain with my soul while my mind and heart have been exiled?