Holocaust Victims Mocked in Ohio State Band Parody Songbook
A book of parody songs updated in 2012 and circulated privately by members of the Ohio State University marching band included a sendup of the Holocaust.
By Sharon Terlep

“An introduction to the book said: “Some of these [songs] may be offensive to you. If so, you can either ignore them, or you can suck it up, act like you got a pair and have a good time singing them.”

The Holocaust song, called “Goodbye Kramer,” whose lyrics haven’t been previously disclosed, includes lines about Nazi soldiers “searching for people livin’ in their neighbor’s attic,” and a “small town Jew…who took the cattle train to you know where.” It was written to be sung to the tune of the 1981 Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

“Head to the furnace room, ‘Bout to meet your fiery doom,” one line of the song reads. “Oh the baking never ends, It goes on and on and on and on.”

Lee Auer, a former band member whose name appears on the 2012 songbook’s introduction, said: “I don’t think you are going to find many 19-year-olds who don’t joke about those things.” Auer, a 2007 Ohio State graduate now working as a band instructor in central Ohio, said he had enjoyed singing songs from the book while on the bus traveling to away football games, though he regrets that the material has become public. “It was fun for me as an individual, but we knew if the public ever caught wind of them, people are going to lose respect.”

anonymous asked:

i'm jewish too but what did you mean by "how forgiveness works in judaism"? like forgive never forget kinda concept?

In Judaism, it’s not the obligation of the person who is wronged to forgive. Forgiveness has to be earned by the person who commits the wrong. So if people treat Jews like shit, it’s their responsibility to apologize to us and try to make it up to us.  In other words, demanding forgiveness from the victim is not acceptable in judaism. It’s their choice, not obligation, choice whether to forgive or not.

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related: I recently saw a post that mentioned a "judeo-christian” inspired view of morality and repentance and nearly flipped my lid.

I had a long conversation with a Christian recently who couldn’t comprehend the idea that G-d won’t forgive you for harm done to another person. “G-d is all loving! G-d is all powerful!” But G-d was not the wronged party. It’s not G-d’s place to take the choice of forgiveness away from the person who was wronged. It’s incredibly cruel, in my opinion, to make forgiveness the holy act. To demand of a person who has been harmed to confront a person who harmed them and then demand that they forgive someone who has shown no remorse just strikes me as backwards. But, then again, I’m not a Christian. They obviously have different ideas about that. But there is most assuredly no such thing as Judeo-Christian repentance. Our views of repentance are really nothing alike at all. As far as morality, Jews place far greater value on actions and consequences than beliefs and intentions. Now, these are generalizations, but they’re not without basis. 

Why I’m Going To ‪#‎Selma‬

Long ago, I dedicated myself to a life of serving Judaism and the Jewish people. I believe in the power of Judaism to make a difference in our lives and to make a great contribution to civilization. I am always aware, however, of the hate that fuels those people who attack Jews simply for being Jews. Nine years ago, the Jewish Federation in Seattle was attacked and Pamela Waechter was murdered for being a Jew. Since then, I have met people who don’t remember that attack or other attacks on Jews. I worry a lot about people who fail to notice the existence of targeted hatred against Jews and the anti-Semitism that fuels the hatred of Israel. My own experience with other people’s failure to take anti-Semitism seriously leads me to notice my own response to hate acts against other minorities

Recently, I read Ta-Nehisi Coate’s Between the World and Me. While I did not agree with every idea shared by this gifted writer, his book opened my eyes wider to persistent injustices against African American citizens. I thought that I was aware of institutionalized racism, but there is much I failed to notice, or I looked the other way before I read this book. I suspect that many of us do avert our eyes, because to see it is to have to respond to it. It is easier for all of us to look away.

This weekend, the NAACP is organizing a march through the South. I’m going to stand on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma this weekend and then march to a rally for economic justice in Montgomery this Monday, because, as a Jew, I believe it is my responsibility to remember when we were slaves in Egypt. It is my duty to work to end hatred against Jews, African Americans and all others who are targeted. I am delighted that Rabbi Jason Rodich, whose Emanu-El portfolio includes social justice work for the congregation, and his husband, Fran, will join me this weekend to represent Emanu-El at the March. We will be joined by other rabbis and clergy from around the country. I pray that this coming together will lead to greater awareness, justice and peace and that we Jews can and will recognize and respond to hate against others because we know just what that feels like.

Rabbi Beth Singer

(Pictured are Martin Luther King, Jr. marching in Selma, Alabama with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (in beard and glasses) in 1965)

Quick question to the masses: Do transgender {Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, etc.} men also need to “bring their worlds together”? Or is this just an issue that solely pertains to Muslims?

The only reason this whole headline “works” (i.e. clickbait, or “great read” HA!) is because it is based on normative US-American stereotypes of all the identity categories listed in it.


H/T: kawrage

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) 

Honestly, one of the things I love best about Judaism is the emphasis on apologizing and giving restitution. The ability to apologize is a seriously undervalued life skill. It teaches us to accept our own fallibility and the fallibility of others and it allows us to treat life as a process of learning and improving rather than living in denial of our own weaknesses. There’s a reason that the High Holidays put so much emphasis on repentance. 

Fashion Fail? Friday


Stripes on stripes with a polkadot accent? Yup. And, hold up… horizontal stripes!? Times two? Yes again. And a bright lip paired with an otherwise completely bare face to boot. I know, I know, WHAT am I doing? Oh nothing, just proving that sometimes the only reason the rules are there is to be broken. Also: sometimes *anything* is better than leaving the house in my husband’s old t-shirt as I almost did. Fine, I do it regularly… Those days when you don’t see me on your feed? Definitely guilty. At least I’m no longer on the Shidduch market ;)
Lip: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square
Top: Anthropologie
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Banana Republic


Love and shomer kisses,

Fashionably Frum

I’m just amazed by some of the stories I’ve heard from Israelis on tumblr.  People who can actually remember the first time they encountered real antisemitism…

I mean, I remember the first time I resisted antisemitism.

I remember the first time I ran into some specific bits of antisemitism.

But growing up in the US, even around New York, I can’t remember the first time.  It’s beyond the horizon of clear memory, and since then, it’s been a dull background for my whole life, until I started on social media back when facebook was introduced at my college, when it changed from a dull background to a roar that wouldn’t leave my ears however much I tried to tune it out.

I just can’t really imagine what that’s like.

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.

anonymous asked:

Hi, a non-jew here and i have a question. As far as i know the jewish faith is passed on from mother to child but what happens to the child's religion if the child has two father or two mothers (where one isn't jewish) and are converted jews considered "less" jewish? Sorry for my ignorance but they are not alot of jewish people where i live.

You opened a pretty big can of worms, there. Some movements recognize patrilineage and some don’t. In the case of some Conservative congregations I’ve been involved with that don’t “officially” recognize patrlineage, patrlineal babies are given a conversion at a Mikveh just after they are born.

As for converts, they are Jews. Period.