Sounds like an oxymoron, right? God is central to Judaism and you can’t write them out of it. But the question of the nature of God is not really an important one in Jewish traditional theology; we’re not preoccupied with God, we just accept that God exists and don’t worry about it too much. The…
I never notice how much stress I’m carrying in my body until I uncover my eyes and am bathed in the light of the Shabbes candles, letting it flow over me like warm water, carrying with it the tension of the week. In fact, Friday afternoons are the hardest, as I’m running around cleaning and…
In Medieval Eastern Europe, a game began to spread using a four-sided top with letters printed on it. Those letters stood for “all”, “none”, “half”, and “put in”. When this game was adapted by Yiddish speakers, they used the Yiddish letters gimel, hey, shin, and nun to stand for “gants” (all), “halb” (half), “shtel ayn”…
[Image: The “Is this a pigeon?” meme. An android marked “Goyish leftists” holds his hand up to a yellow butterfly labeled, “Basic things about Judaism,” and asks, “Is this Zionist propaganda?”]
Here on Earth, in our lives, is where we learn the meaning of being human; we hurt and are hurt, we cry and laugh, we make mistakes and are given the chance to make up for them and learn from them. When we left Ganeyden, we left with a newfound knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong, harm and reconciliation. It is so integral to who we are, as beings with free-will.
Spotted on Haaretz English.
Brooke Goldstein’s article “The Time Is Now for a Jewish Civil Rights Movement” takes an opportunity to make an argument for Jews and uses it instead to take cheap shots at trans people, anti-ICE activists, and Palestinians.
Marx was baptized, raised Protestant, and knew nothing of Judaism his entire life. His father had gone to great pains to escape his Jewishness and provide a better life for himself and his son, even changing his name. As a result, Marx was inevitably brought up with a considerable amount of internalized antisemitism.
Someone asked in a comment on The Queer Diasporist facebook page whether or not Jewish communities try to control the lives of its members. Here’s my attempt at an answer:
Bundism wasn’t created to oppose Zionism; it was created as a solution to the very same crushing oppression faced by European Jews of the time that Zionism was created to solve.