spiritual jew

Let’s come together to create an inclusive, respectful Shalom Bayit where we include:

* Reform Jews, Conservative Jews, those in the Jewish Renewal Movement, Reconstructionist Jews, Modern Orthodox Jews, Open Orthodox Jews, Feminist Orthodox Jews, Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Secular Jews, Agnostic Jews, Athiest Jews, spiritual Jews

* Jews of color

* Sephardi Jews, Persian Jews, Arab Jews, Yeminite, Israeli, Ethiopian, and Ashkenazi Jews

* Jews with Mental Illnesses

* Jews on the Autism Spectrum Disorder

* Jews-by-choice, Converts, and those interested in conversion

* Patrilineal Jews

* Jews of various economic statuses

* Jews with tattoos

* Jews who are not observant according to traditional Halacha

* Non-orthodox converts

* Gay, bisexual, and pansexual Jews

* Transgender, nonbinary, and genderqueer Jews

* Ace and demisexual Jews

* Interfaith couples

* Jews with ADD, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD

* Disabled Jews

* Blind Jews

* Deaf Jews

* Jews that don’t drink

* Jewish women

* Jewish Feminists

* Jewish Liberals, Jewish Conservatives, Jewish Moderates

* All Jews

Don't Wait For the Mystery God!!!

No, God or God/Goddess is going save you from this oppression to gain true freedom, justice, equality from nature destroying, economic slavery, mental slavery, nor protect your family, start your business, keep your business going and much more.

I havent seen one yet.

We are the embodiment or living divinities in the flesh.  We are the saviours of our home, city/town, regions, nation and the world.

“Firewood will not collect itself” -Namibian Proverb

I think - (and I mean this seriously, legitimately: I began to make a post one day that took this premise as tongue-in-cheek and discarded it because I realized it rang too true, from everything everyone said about him, even his children liked him unreservedly -) that Leonard Nimoy was one of the 36 tzaddikim upon whose continued goodness the world depends.

Jewish lore holds that 36 (or more) holy individuals exist who may not know who and what they are, but sow decency and wisdom with their every small act. I think perhaps I read this first in Nimoy’s writings, though I don’t have them close to hand so my memory could deceive me.

And now Nimoy is no longer. The office has passed.

Lore holds that it could be any of us. Live each day as well as you can.

Neolog Synagogue in Brasov, Romania, last restored in 2001 for its 100th anniversary. 

“All the threads of spirituality of the Romanian Jews, from all generations, have been brought together here, in a sort of biography of ideas in a counterpoint style. A hundred years ago, when this temple was erected, Romanian Judaism was cutting its way through. Today, it renews itself.” — engineer Tiberiu Roth, president of the Jewish Community in Brasov.

“Hebrew is the language all Jews share”

Ok, apparently I missed the dramafest with this one, because I only just noticed all the sturm und drang going on. Here’s the two cents from me that no one asked for.

Saying “Hebrew is the language all Jews share” a) is not exclusionary, because it b) does not remotely imply that all Jews have any facility in Hebrew. All it means, unless you’re looking for insults where none exist, is that it is a Jewish language that is common to all Jews, unlike Ladino (specific to Sefardim), Yiddish (specific to Ashkenazim), Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian, and so on and so forth. Those languages are no less Jewish, but they are vernaculars- in Yiddish, mame-loshn, not lashon hakodesh. Hebrew is the holy language of Jews. It is the language all Jews historically have prayed in, regardless of their geographic location, or minhag. 

That’s what makes it the language of all Jews. Not the idea that all Jews know Hebrew- which, really, does anyone think that? The majority of Jews live in the diaspora! Even for those of us who know some Hebrew, it’s our second language at most, and I’m willing to bet that the vast majority are at best able to read with niqqudot, or have memorized prayers by rote, or know a few basics of tourist Modern Hebrew. Some people know more. Some people less. 

If you don’t know Hebrew, that’s ok. You don’t have to. Hebrew is part of your cultural and spiritual heritage as a Jew whether or not you have any facility in speaking, reading or writing it.

Noting that Hebrew is an important part of Judaism and Jewishness is not inherently exclusionary, and acting like it is is frankly absurd.

A good reminder, every time you go to write something. Begin your page with BS"D. It means B'siyata d'shamaya. To remind you that not only is what you write done only with the help of heaven, but the fact that you are here to write is only at the whim of the master of the world. I heard an interesting quote -first hand- today from Rav Goldberg. He asked a group of students “Who is the greatest lover of mankind?”

The students all had their own answers, different philanthropists and the like.

The Rabbi said “It’s Hashem. The Ribono Shel Olam.”

The students asked “how do you know?”

He answered “because if he didn’t, he wouldn’t continue to create us, and we would revert into nothingness as if we never were.”

anonymous asked:

Is there such thing as being a "spiritual jew"? As in you follow the majority of the ways of Judaism but perhaps you don't know Hebrew or don't recite all the prayers throughout the day?

Hello anon!

That would depend on who you ask! Some Jews would only say you’re Jewish if you do X, Y, and Z. Other Jews would say that you’re only Jewish if you are officially a “member of the tribe”.

I know several Jews who do not recite all of the prayers each day. I actually know more than just a few! I also know Jews who don’t know Hebrew!

If you have any more personal questions like this— feel free to message me off anon and I can answer things privately if you would like!

-ProgressiveJudaism

The Palestinians are not the only victims of Zionism. Spiritual and universal Jews and Judaism have been its first victims. The Zionist ideology advocates that Jews would never be safe in the Gentile world. Instead of working on improving conditions for Jews in their countries of origin, Zionism works to transport and settle them in Palestine.