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Kosher Cosplay
you can call me bay! 23, just an orthodox jewish queer person with a love for all things geek. Tell me all about it, send me a photo of your #koshercosplay, or drop by to share a funny story about the trials and tribulations you've faced as a fellow jewish nerd. The ask box is always open!
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koshercosplay · 6 days ago
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Magneto is here for chaos and latkes, and he’s all out of latkes
Happy hanukkah everyone! Enjoy the fried food, drink some wine, beat your family at the dreidel game!
Follow me on instagram to keep up with all 8 days of the hanukkah/superhero shenanigans
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koshercosplay · 9 days ago
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BABY SPOCK
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sharing some human traditions
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koshercosplay · 9 days ago
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you can ignore this if someone's already explained but those gnomes are specifically tomtenisse. theyre a norse pagan thing in origin ive mostly seen them related to christmas (though ive also seen them for other holidays in places with big norse populations so who knows)
I've seen a few explanations in the comments/tags of that post but nobody can sufficiently explain their presence in chanukah merchandise lmao
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koshercosplay · 10 days ago
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another year, another chanukah, another round of finding assorted chanukah memorabilia (or menorabilia, if you will) and providing my highly intellectual and very scientific ratings!
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i love that classic chanukah story of... the nutcracker. with a three-candle menorah and a giant-ass dreidel shaped like a wine bottle? you can't just paint a christmas toy blue and white folks. 3/10 what is he cracking for chanukah and do I want to know
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I don't really understand this design choice but I'm also kinda here for it? this jewish arctic fox is doing his best okay. look at his lil face. 6/10 I could do without the re-colored santa cap, you could've just given him a kippah
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this is one of the worst designs I've ever seen. the chanukah nazgul senses the one ring and it's coming for you. it's coming for your children. 1/10 target meet me in the parking lot I just wanna talk
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anyone know what's up with these gnomes? dwarves? is this an attempt to make a jewish version of christmas elves? the one in the middle is holding a bomb. 5/10 at least they're kinda cute
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oh you thought the other nutcracker was bad? let me introduce you to JEWISH SANTA NUTCRACKER. now in Blue And White™. because everyone know THAT'S what we're missing from our holiday. 3/10 his blank stare will haunt my nightmares
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ah yes. nothing says chanukah like a flatbed truck. why are those dreidels so big? anyone driving that is going to get hate crimed so fast. 5/10 the live love laugh aesthetic is becoming inclusive help
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this one made me HOOT with laughter. I'm sure this would be great for interfaith families but I just... it's just so funny. 6/10 I can't even say anything sarcastic about this it's just so idiotic I would absolutely buy one and laugh at it
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now THIS. this is the chanukah merchandise I want. it's got cats being dumb. it's got a kosher menorah. it's got a stupid pun. it's got dreidels. saying mazel tov has nothing to do with chanukah but I'll allow it for the sake of the pun. 9/10 wholesome content
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koshercosplay · 12 days ago
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I just watched it and can confirm! a few comments sprinkled throughout the film reference his Jewishness. simple and wonderful. ALSO THE MOVIE WAS AMAZING EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH IT.
heard a rumor that the tick tick boom film doesn't goywash Larson or other Jewish characters 👀 anyone know if that's true? I'm intending on seeing it anyway but like if it's true then I'm even more excited
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koshercosplay · 13 days ago
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please enjoy my emperor's new groove memes about life as a jewish person during winter in a culturally christian environment (no, I don't know why some of them are so grainy)
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koshercosplay · 17 days ago
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huh, i always thought you spelled zeydi like this, but i know realise it proply doent have a fixed engilsh seting
yeah there's definitely no definitive spelling for this word. a lot of Hebrew and Yiddish words don't have one single spelling in English! I've seen it spelled many ways, zeidy, zeide, zeyde, etc
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koshercosplay · 17 days ago
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What’s Zeidy
zeidy is a yiddish term for grandfather!
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koshercosplay · 21 days ago
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heard a rumor that the tick tick boom film doesn't goywash Larson or other Jewish characters 👀 anyone know if that's true? I'm intending on seeing it anyway but like if it's true then I'm even more excited
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koshercosplay · 22 days ago
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it's time for chanukah ratings! that's right folks, here are my definitive and highly scientific ratings of various chanukah-related decorations and memorabilia I've found on the internet
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starting off strong, we've got a demon-summoning menorah cake from walmart. it feels vaguely appropriate for this year considering the drama in the spn fandom right now. the wobbly menorah arms are a safety hazard. 5/10 not osha compliant.
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this feels offensive and yet I instinctively feel a connection to him. I didn't need or want zeidy santa in my life but now that he's here I want him to pinch my cheek and give me a hug. 6.5/10 I took off points for that god awful tea cozy kippah
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wreaths are not our thing. that's your thing. stop putting our things with your thing. 5/10 at least it's pretty
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this is technically a yom kippur decoration but it has menorahs on it so it counts. it also has a shofar. what holiday is this celebrating? nobody knows. it's schrodingers holiday. 8/10 I want to hang it up in my apartment and laugh at it
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this is definitely offensive. stop it. why is he strapped onto a christmas tree. also he's holding a lit candle like he's gonna throw it at a dart board. and there's an actual candle sticking out of his chest. 1/10 somebody free this poor chassid from the clutches of christian normativity.
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these socks are christmas cosplaying as chanukah. problem is, I absolutely would buy and wear them. 7.5/10 what do matzah balls have to do with chanukah
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oh god. oh no. please stop. a messianic made this I just know it. -493028282928/10 I hate it put it back
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wholesome. simple. not trying to pretend it's jewish christmas. makes me want chocolate. 10/10 would purchase
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koshercosplay · 27 days ago
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Be Fruitful And Multiply
The sweet sound of a child struggling through the first sentence of Rochon Methestel greet the captain of the guard as he turns the corner. Strange, that this family chose to do a chalakah around the white tree- that practice was all but abandoned in 2872 with its death. Most of the residents of Minas Tirith began to do it around regular fruit trees like everyone else. A very few abandoned the ceremony altogether, saying anyone who still celebrates this tradition in the face of the death of the tree of Gondor is a fool. Only the stewards still do the ceremony around the white tree.
The somewhat somber air lent by the dead tree was dispelled in a sudden burst of laughter as the boy licked the honey off of the entire first sentence. "Damrod, sweetie, you need to say each word before you lick it," his mother reminds him. He nods, bashful, and more honey is spread on the wooden board inscribed with the song that tells of the ride of Borondir.
Boromir had made no such mistakes at his own chalakah. He read each word loud and clear, then carefully licked the honey, making sure not to get any from the words he wasn't up to. That morning he had walked around with his chest puffed out, so proud. He wasn't a baby anymore! He was a budding hero! Five years old, like all the fingers on his hand, and one day they would sing of him like they do of Borondir. Already his worries from the night before had dissipated. He had been a bit nervous, despite his parents promise that it doesn't hurt to have your hair cut, that it's just like nails. He didn't want to say goodbye to his long gorgeous curls, even if there was no pain.
No, he was over that already. Boromir learned young that the sacrifice of beauty was a small price to pay for the safety of his home. But back then he still thought being a hero would be sweet as the honey the story was coated in.
The boy finishes reading. All the schoolchildren clap for him. His father gives him a bag of sweets to hand out to the students, and laughter fills the yard again as he tries to discreetly stuff some in his pocket.
Boromir closes his eyes and allows himself half a minute to imagine Theodred's laugh amongst the rest.
Theodred. Ah, Theodred. The sweetest reminder of the failure of all that his chalakah stood for. Once, soon after they had discovered all the ways that they are the same, Theodred had joked that Boromir was this way because his chalakah had been under a dead and fruitless tree. Theodred always managed to make him laugh at the things that plagued his sleepless nights. Sometimes Boromir wondered if Tarannon Falastur was like this, too, and Narmacil. 
It was Narmacil's brother who instituted the tradition. Until five years of age (to represent the five generations between the two childless kings), sons in the king's line should have no haircuts, as a symbol for his line not to be cut off early. It was meant only for the royal family, but everyone liked the idea and it became a nationwide tradition. Those who lived near the tree did it there, as another symbol for a fruitful life, and those who lived farther away did it by their own fruit trees. After Borondir's time, the honey-licking was added to the ceremony. At five years old, a child is no longer a baby, and he starts his journey to serve his country with the taste of honey on his tongue.
Sometimes Boromir wondered, if Gondor survived past his time, would his own brother be left to take over his destiny? Would he be the next Narmacil? Boromir II, first childless steward of Gondor. No, he didn't wonder. Somehow he always knew that if anyone was left to write, it would be his brother's name written after his father's.
Boromir sighs and leaves the boy to his celebration. In his room, he takes out a drawing Theodred made for him that same night he jokes about Boromir's chalakah. It's a drawing of young Boromir, huge round cheeks smeared with honey. His curls have the sharp look of freshly cut hair, and he grins, eyes sparkling. He looks so alive. Theodred had made two copies, one for each of them, and it was a comfort to know that his beloved might right now be holding the copy of what he has in his hands. Almost as if they're holding hands from far away, looking at the same sky when they can't look at each other.
Boromir could not forget those fruits; destiny, ancient childless kings, what they lived for and he will die for- but he is alive now, and he has Theodred now. 
Background
A chalakah (also called upsherin) is the Jewish tradition for boys to get their first haircut at age three. It's when little boys take on a lot of other traditions:
Peyot- sidelocks. This is the primary purpose of the chalakah. Jewish men are not allowed to cut certain areas of hair around the temples, and the first haircut is when that becomes visible.
Boys get their first kipah and tzitzit at the chalakah.
Some have the tradition to bring boys to a school after the chalakah. There, they lick honey off a board printed with the aleph-bet (Hebrew alphabet) so that learning Torah should be sweet for them. I substituted the aleph-bet for Rochon Methestel, Ride of the Last Hope, which is an epic poem/song that tells of Borondir's ride. When Balchoth threatened Gondor, six riders were sent to seek help from Eorl, but only Borondir returned. Heroic deeds to save the country is similar enough to being central to Gondorian life in the way Torah is to Jewish life.
There are a couple reasons cited as the source of the tradition. Some sources say to do the first haircut as early as thirteen weeks while other say as late as five years. I chose five years to fit with the five generations between Falastur and Narmacil.
There was a feast when Isaac was weaned on his third birthday.
Three years old marks the transition from babyhood to childhood, when the child is no longer completely dependent on the mother.
For three years after a fruit tree is planted, the fruit cannot be eaten. This is where I got the theme of fruitfulness.
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koshercosplay · 27 days ago
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I put on my Ash Ketchum cosplay for the first time and spent ages on this debut video! hope you all like it 💕
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koshercosplay · a month ago
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these photos of my terra cosplay came out so great and I had to share!
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koshercosplay · a month ago
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thank you to everyone who responded for your help!!
I decided to go with the halfling rogue (now named Basil Burrowes) and the dwarf ranger (now named Amnon Eversharp). I've got backstories for them now and everything, it's been a lot of fun.
I'm so excited to start my first proper dnd campaign!
I'm going to be playing dnd properly for the first time (I've tried two other times and they both failed) and I need to create two characters so here are some ideas I had. which one do yall think will be the most fun to play and/or good for a beginner? also are these even good character ideas in the first place?
- even-tempered middle aged dwarf who used to be a carpenter, came out as nonbinary late in life, realized that they had never left their city, and is now a ranger who wants to embrace life and kick ass as much as possible
- noble half-elf bard who takes great care to infuse his music with the worst puns he can think of. he's tired of his noble family getting offended by his jokes and seeks better company. not a single person has found him funny yet, but they're out there somewhere.
- befuddled human sorcerer who got lost on a hike one day, accidentally drank from an enchanted spring, and sparked a gift for magic she didn't know she had. she's still figuring it out and doesn't really know what to make of it all. she calls her new powers Steve.
- halfling rogue who grew up in a tiny town and is tired of pickpocketing the same 30 people. she's on the road for the challenge of finding new ways to steal from new people. she doesn't kill, and doesn't steal anything too dangerous: she's in it for the sheer joy of being an excellent theatrical trickster.
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