If you’re one of those who doesn’t understand how or why an atheist would attend a religious service, consider this: the songs I sang at synagogue today have been sung by Jewish people for centuries. Over those centuries, we have endured quite a few things even worse than Trump. No war, diaspora, or genocide has ever been able to make us stop singing them. An overbaked Cheeto won’t either.

Not all of us will survive what’s coming, but the culture, symbols, and traditions we cloak ourselves with cannot be killed. That’s why if you want to resist, you’re going to have to stand for something. And if you’re going to have to stand for something, then stand for something that you’d want to last long after you’re gone.

querue  asked:

if you are jewish girl, and not married, can you still wear head coverings?

There’s nothing against it, and if you want to, why not? 

If the head covering is for reasons of expressing Jewish identity, personally, I’d urge you to find a more traditional way of expressing your Judaism or one that’s a communal norm, because I feel that much of the meaning in Judaism comes from one or both of tradition and community (unless it’s a norm in your community, in which case, that’s so cool! what’s your community?). But those are just my personal feelings. Yes, there’s nothing in the law that forbids it, as far as I know.

** Edit: Because you specified not married, my mind went to the head coverings married women wear, i.e. tichels and sheitels (scarves and wigs). If you mean a covering for prayer, like a kippah, then I guess message me back?

Purim Fest 5777?

I was thinking of soon writing a commentary on our current sociopolitical position to explain how everything that is going on right now is straight out of Megillat Esther and Midrash Esther Rabbah (it’s rather uncanny exactly how similar everything is to set us up for another purim miracle). How do you guys feel about that? Input @jewish-privilege? @returnofthejudai @wenevergotusedtoegypt? @raizeleh

Someone twisted this Jewish family’s menorah into the shape of a swastika

Naomi Ellis and her her husband Seth spent Friday morning — the morning after the sixth night of Hanukkah — trying to explain to their three young sons why someone had vandalized the menorah the family had put out on their yard by twisting the metal pieces into the shape of a swastika.
The Ellis family had only built the 7-foot-tall menorah on the front lawn of their home in Chandler, Arizona, because their sons, ages 5, 7 and 9, had asked their parents if the family could decorate their home like the neighbors did for Christmas, the Washington Post reported. Read more.
Here Are the Jewish People

Western popular concepts of Jews that people here take as the extent of our tribe:

The reality:

Boys from the Jewish population of Yemen, which has been around for 2500 hundred years but has been slowly massacred over the past few generations.

The Lemba of South Africa and Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe in particular has a large and VERY long history with their Jewish Community)

The Abayudaya of Uganda, some of the great Jewish musicians

The Beta Israeli of Ethiopia

Igbo Jews of Nigeria

Cochin Jews of India 

Baghdadi Jews

Kaifeng Jews of China, who go back to the 7th or 8th century. Unfortunately, during the 20th century much of their culture was almost wiped out and the Kaifeng are currently working to rediscover their Jewish heritage and culture.

Jewish Children in Puerto Rico (Jews have been in Puerto Rico since the 15th century, many fleeing from the Inquisition)

The Beit Shalom Choir in Japan

Kosher comes in all colors, from all over the world, and in a variety cultural groups. We’re a small portion of the human population, but we have EVERYONE. We are all members of this tribe.

Because stereotypes are bullshit.

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Jewish groups across the US receive bomb threats, forcing evacuations

  • Numerous Jewish community centers on the east coast received anonymous bomb threats via phone Monday, forcing evacuations and police responses.
  • Some of the calls were prerecorded while others were live, and likely came from the same telephone number. 
  • NBC reported threats were made to facilities as far apart as New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and South Carolina. In a statement, the Anti-Defamation League said threats were also received in Delaware.
  • Facilities across the county were evacuated, though authorities did not discover any explosive devices. 
  • Jewish schools in London also received bomb threats, though it was not clear whether the incidents are connected. Read more
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Bearing Witness- Marking 78 Years to the Events of Kristallnacht “the Night of Broken Glass”.

78 years ago today, the Nazi government led people to attack Jewish-owned businesses, buildings and synagogues throughout the country and in parts of Austria, at a time of intense discrimination of Jews, which included boycotting their businesses.

The attacks were called “Kristallnacht”: the “Night of Broken Glass” because of the shattered windows throughout the cities. Synagogues were burned, 91 Jews were murdered, and 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps simply because they were Jewish.

Let us never forget that the horrible crimes against humanity that occurred in WWII were not sudden, but a product of gradual and increasing persecution.

To those who lost their lives,We remember.

To those who survived, We hear you

To the next generation,We must never forget.

Hey this is a less fun post and tw for talking about neo nazis

So I’ve seen people kinda sneak more innocuous looking antisemitic symbols and imagery into stuff a lot. Like I get asks on this blog sometimes that try and trick me into posting neo-nazi symbols.

The one of the less known and more innocuous looking ones that I see a lot are nested parentheses, which are parentheses that look like (((this))) which are put around names in order to draw attention to how “Jewish” they sound. It’s an alt right meme that’s used to attack Jewish people. (Note that some Jews reclaim this and put their own names in nested parentheses as a joke and some people put entire sentences in nested parentheses in order to like, make them look quieter or something)

Another one is the numbers 14/88, usually put together but sometimes each on their own. These are older symbols associated with the nazi party and you should be very wary of people with these numbers in their urls, on their clothes, etc. obviously they’re just numbers so there could be other reasons people associate themselves with them but still, they do have nazi ties, so be careful. 88 references that “h” is the 8th letter in the alphabet, so it’s an acronym for heil hitler. 14 stands for the two 14 word long white supremacist slogans: “we must secure the existence of our people ands future for our white children.” And “Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth.”

So yeah please just stay safe, sorry I had to talk about this but seriously please please be careful everyone.

Edit: people who aren’t Jewish can and should reblog this, I really wanna spread this information around.