Happy 7th night of Hanukkah!
Happy 6th night of Hanukkah! Candles for donuts, good trade!
Happy 5th night of Hanukkah! Wishes for warmth and light for everyone’s end-of-2020.
Happy 3rd night of Hannukah 2020!
Chag Sameach! Happy first day of Hanukah.
TFW your local supermarket not only carries round challah this week, but it has raisins in it too. <3
well I never heard back that #jewishjanuary must be fandom content
I tried to come up with headcanons for jewish characters based on the word strength
but my brain instead fixated on the idea of “jewish” and “strength” together and I wrote a Thing about some important women in my life
(may or may not be poetry. What the hell is a title. Below the cut because it’s long)
My mom: *always talks about the sacrifices she made for me and my brother to be connected to “our” culture (Russia)*
Me: *decides to recconnect to Judaism*
My mom: NO STOP STOP STOP that’s not our culture…. this is cultural appropriation
been trying to explain purim to a lot of random coworkers recently, for obvious reasons (it’s in a few days) and uh
people react with confusion and horror to the usual “they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat” summary
I’m so used to feeling like a convert by learning Jewish norms and thought patterns as an adult bc my mom chose not to raise us Jewish but for once I feel like I fit in 100% by being slightly baffled at that reaction? like I’ve heard that joke from family (tbf, talking about chanukah when we got to visit over winter breaks) since I was little and it’s just? what the holidays celebrate? we survived! that’s the celebration! and celebrations involve food! this is a reasonable logical progression: “we survived; let’s eat”
anyway I’ve been realizing goyim don’t realize how common this is for us to say,
and then Six13’s song Shana Tova came on my Spotify this afternoon (Spotify can vaguely group jewish songs together and doesn’t filter by time of year/holiday at all) and here’s a perfect example
well first of the song practically opens with the line “looking for a better way to get my Judaism than by getting on the internet and checking out the Maccabeats” and. rude. there’s no need to call me out like that
second of all the song later has the line “on this holiday no one tried to kill us but hey who cares; let’s eat”
it’s really that much of a thing. I’m not trying to be morbid I just forgot that not everyone has the context that a bunch of our holidays are Like That
It’s that time of year when “Good Yom Tov” is too vague
I started this book on early Israeli military history for Yom Haatzmaut and it’s made me realise that in ~9 months time I’ll be 27 and my last, faint chance of serving in the IDF will be over. even though I know I’m too old and I know I can’t do anything useful and I know I want to go to law school and I’ve chosen to go the US bc it’s a lifelong dream!!! even though this divergent last hope train of thought is rationally insane.
but overwhelming logic is four years of hoping and dreaming and learning about all the different units and researching the best path and emailing commanders and talking to soldiers and seeing all my friends serve and spending two! freaking! years! with my ex-bf whilst he did his service and the IDF dominating my life
anyway there’s nothing useful I can do bc despite being a MENA expert and an Arabic speaker I’m old af and Israeli bureaucracy is the woooorst and there’s literally no point giving up the next two years of my mid-late twenties bc it’s not helpful to me or Israel or anyone
but welp. bc I’m gonna be 27 in ~9 months and I’m enrolling in law school in ~4 and saying goodbye to the second biggest dream of my adult life
Jewbot from SuperMansion is a robot golem. And I men golem like the original Jewish mythos of the Golem.
Also, I’m saying he’s a trans guy, since he makes a point that he identifies as male, and robots are now claimed by anyone who is trans and/or nb.
The synagogue on the lower east side where my Great Grandfather was the rabbi in the early-mid 20th century burned down tonight. No one was hurt, but so sad. The building was shuttered by the city in 2011 but people were trying to save it and have it restored.
at kab shab the rabbi started lcha dodi with the leonard cohen “hallelujah” tune and ugh it’s so beautiful
Portion of a letter to a lost love…
“Ironic, isn’t it, that you chose to be Levi for a time? Could you imagine? Levi & Batyah Sara, children of Abraham & Sarah. How beautiful that reality might have been.
"Well, one day Batyah Sara will be someone’s wife & we’ll praise HaShem until our final breaths.”
remember ages ago when i said that mr simon williams aka wonder man could be jewish? anyway here’s my proof
I love how after Trump got banned on social media our govt decided to make a law that forces social media to pay fines if they delete content against their ToS but legal under Polish law in the name of “freedom of speech” but insulting the president is punishable with up to 3ys and offending religious feelings is punishable with up to 2ys in prison
someone reblogged “queer is/isn’t a slur” discourse on my dash and now i want to find the paper i wrote in college using the oxford (historical) english dictionary that showed that queer originated as a slur and was later reclaimed whereas gay was created by gay people and then later used as an insult once the meaning became more broadly known
like, call yourself queer. it’s very useful as an umbrella term and/or specific identity. i literally do not care and i use it too (usually instead of saying lgbt because it’s so much easier). but it WAS a slur and some people still use it in that same capacity today. both can be true.
not everything has to be a terf thing, jfc