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bestomerever · an hour ago
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Today is the forty-seventh day of the Omer, which is six weeks and five days of the Omer.
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Note: 47 = מז
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thatveganwhiterose · an hour ago
Aren't humans on a 'higher plane of existence' than animals? Isn't kosher slaughter inherently humane? There's literally nothing in Judaism that says we should feel empathy for animals lmao
“A higher plane of existence”. If you wanna provide receipts of that, feel free. I know that it’s a societally acceptable thing to think non-humans are lesser than humans, but as we learn and grow we can change that.
Even so, that doesn’t justify needless harm of any being. How backwards.
I’m not gonna sit here and claim I’m an expert in all Jewish texts but I specifically remember learning about things such as “feeding and watering animals before humans” and other such rules. Now if that’s rabbinical law or interpretation, or if god said to do that directly then again I couldn’t say.
But it is what I’ve learned from Reform, Conservative and Orthodox sects.
Also you can never kill someone humanely. How can you say that about a being who clearly doesn’t want to die? That’s so backwards and apathetic.
Now idk if you are Jewish, or just being a troll but nowhere in laws of Kashrut that I’ve ever read or known about talks about trying to be “humane” or minimize pain. It’s just about how to prepare animals, blessings, the rules of what kind of animals are affectable, etc.
We cannot reach tikkun olam if we don’t stop killing animals needlessly.
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tzipporahssong · 3 hours ago
Hi!! I was raised Catholic but I’ve been practicing Judaism for the past ten months or so and I feels really right. But right now I can’t get past the part of me that wonders if converting is worth it if I’ll never experience what it’s like to grow up Jewish, to celebrate Jewish holidays with my parents, etc. I’m kind of mourning the Jewish childhood I never had I think. I feel like I was supposed to be born Jewish and I’m upset that I wasn’t, and I’m upset that I’m order to become who I was supposed to be I’ll have to alienate my family to a certain extent. I’m cis so I hope this comparison isn’t offensive or anything but it’s the best way I have to describe it: when I see trans people talking about their transition and how they feel inwardly one way and outwardly another and mourning the girlhood/boyhood they didn’t get, I relate. I’m talking to my rabbi about this but I would love to get someone else’s perspective on this because right now my rabbi is the only person who knows I feel Jewish.
This isn’t an unusual feeling. It’s certainly one that I’ve felt before. Sometimes I get jealous when my partner or a friend shares a fond memory of their Jewish childhood that I know I’ve missed out on. I feel robbed of what I could have had. That said, there are some things that help me counteract that. Sometimes what really helps to reassure me, and I know this isn’t the desire for everyone, but knowing that through my conversion my children will have a Jewish childhood and all of those lovely experiences, makes it more than worth it. Another thing is that, through converting, I have a perspective where I can really appreciate Jewish life events, and can never take them for granted because I had to earn them. I also like to look forward to what I still have left to do: have a Jewish wedding, support kids at their b’nei mitzvahs, celebrate holidays with other Jews, all of these things.
Yes, sometimes it’s easy to feel robbed of Jewish experiences that you never had. But you have to take a step back and recognize how blessed you are with all of the experiences you haven’t seen yet.
Please feel free to talk to me any time.
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gltzgghln · 3 hours ago
last year when my youngest brother had his bar mitzvah i was shouting GO WHITE BOY GO when my mom n brother lifted him up in the chair
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localyid · 4 hours ago
sorrow. anger. fear. hope.
Mir veln zey iberlebn.
tonight i will allow myself to cry. but tomorrow i will wear my tichel and my necklace like an armour.
Mir veln zey iberlebn.
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I would like to make one thing clear:
I am pro Israel. That does not mean that I am anti Palestinian, or that I support all of the actions of the Israeli government.
It means I support a state where Jews don’t have to be afraid to live their lives. It means I support a state with freedom of religion, race, language, sexuality, and gender identity. It means I support a state of diversity with over NINE MILLION PEOPLE who are Jewish and Druze and Christian and Muslim, who are Asian and African and Latino and European, every race and ethnicity nationality that exists on the planet. It means I support a state where Jews of all denominations and levels of observance live and work together. It means I support a state where you are allowed to have different ideas than the government, to argue and protest and change things when they aren’t right. It means I support a state that defends itself and works every second of every day to protect its citizens from danger, no matter what that citizen looks like or believes in.
Are there problems with Israel? Of course. That doesn’t mean it should be demonized the way that it is. That doesn’t mean that it deserves to be attacked.
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shalomyall · 4 hours ago
The next info graphic I see is going to send me off the rails
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lekh-lekha · 5 hours ago
The new spikes of violence between Israeli Jews and Palestinians showed me just how many people I must block and groups I have to unfollow. My heart is broken because the truth is being murdered over and over and I feel impotent to stop it. I feel like I’m all alone and no one is willing to listen or understand.
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estrangedlestrange · 5 hours ago
The conflict in Israel and Palestine is more complicated than any single Tumblr post can sum up and the fact that so many people are reblogging biased posts thinking that they suddenly know the full picture is harmful to everyone. For example - referring to Israel as a colonialist nation ignores the fact that prior to the establishment of the state of Israel there were Jews living in the land, it ignores the fact that unlike all other colonial countries there was no other option than Israel for the founders. Where else were the Jewish people supposed to go? United States and England where there were limits on immigration? Back to the shtetls that had been wiped out or the towns where, upon returning, they were killed? 
The conflict in Israel and Palestine is more complicated than any single Tumblr post can sum up because  the foundation of the conflict is so complicated that entire books cannot summarize the situation. 
This post is not arguing for either side and if you start a fight your comments and replies will be deleted. This post is to say that if you are arguing either side is right or wrong, that the situation is black and white, you have been misinformed and are falling victim to biased propaganda. 
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deborahdeshoftim5779 · 6 hours ago
I beg you all: do whatever you can to stop this terrible thing happening before our eyes. We are dealing with a civil war for no reason. Stop this insanity. Please stop. We are one country.
Israeli President Rivlin responding to rioting in Jewish-Arab cities. 
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rainbowlack · 6 hours ago
Had a dream last night that there was a Chabad-led wasp breeding program (in order to breed a wasp that looked like the Israeli flag), and I was staring at the wasps. One of them I was especially afraid of, so when it was turned away, I fucking bolted.
The wasp chased after me, apparently motivated to do so because it was enbyphobic? Then it stung the top of my head and pissed down the back of my neck.
Also the wasp's name was Harvey Milk for some reason.
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hanorganaas · 6 hours ago
while we are in the midst of the israel comitting war crimes again please dont let your anger out on jews who have nothing to do with is going on with antisemitic rheotiric. surprisingly alot of us including myself are condemning what is going on. so try not to be an anitsemite when you are speaking about the travesty that is going on
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deborahdeshoftim5779 · 6 hours ago
An excellent article from British journalist Melanie Phillips, exposing how much of the international media has whitewashed Hamas’ war crimes in order to demonise Israel. 
What can we little people do, if we do not live in Israel and are surrounded by anti-Israel lies? Be more pro-Israel, speak out against the distortions, and send messages of support to the traumatised population. 
The truth will win. 
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pargolettasworld · 6 hours ago
“Although the authors inform us “religion is not central to the lives of most U.S. Jews,” the concept of religion, as most Americans use it today, is a modern, Protestant creation, and Jewish practices fit uncomfortably in the category. Despite the best efforts of Jewish thinkers to separate religious and cultural aspects of Jewish practice, the boundaries have never been clear. Traditional understandings of “religion” have rested uneasily with Jewish realities, which have a greater focus on communities and practices. Only 20% of survey respondents said that their “religious faith” provides a great deal of meaning and fulfillment, perhaps because American Jews rarely use the language of faith.”
“In my book, “Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice,” I argue that making sense of Jews’ practices requires us to employ a broader definition of religion. Following religious studies scholar Robert Orsi, I think religion is best understood as meaningful relationships and the practices, narratives and emotions that create and support these relationships. Understanding religion as relationships makes our interactions with families, our attachments to our ancestors, our connections to communities and the narratives we use to explain our place in the world central to religious activity. It lets us see Jewish religion flourishing in a wide variety of practices and in unexpected sites — in ways that its practitioners might not themselves identify as “religious” because of the way religion is so often narrowly construed.”
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tumblr, but it's made out of jeans
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didyoumeanxianity · 9 hours ago
What’s your favorite holiday and why? And do you have a fun history fact to share about it?
My favorite holiday is just around the corner: Shavuot! Shavuot has it all. There’s late night Torah study, a bunch of dairy (cheese, I want all the cheese), and a harvest festival.
Fun history fact: so, Shavuot commemorates, per our religious traditions, Jews’ receipt of the Torah at Mt. Sinai as we wandered through the desert post-Exodus. There is zero archeological evidence for the Exodus. But, what’s interesting is that most historians agree that some version of the Exodus occurred, because it would be strange in the ancient world to claim descent from slaves if it weren’t true (because it would be an embarrassment, and thus something you’d want to hide rather than celebrate). So there’s no consensus on when the Exodus would’ve occurred, it’s scope, or it’s timeline. Historians in the area generally just agree that “some version of this probably happened” and agree on nothing else about it.
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nineisnonbinary · 9 hours ago
i’m trying to avoid too much of the i/p conversation because i don’t want to see antisemitic takes Or people hyping up the israeli state’s violence but i opened tumblr this morning and the first thing i saw was a messianic blog posting in favor of israel and i’m just tired
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cooltastrophe · 12 hours ago
I've seen another one of those posts abt the term 'judeo-christian' going around again and it's absolutely right, but man, it hit me hard reading it how much that term relies On understanding Judaism as being fucking dead.
Like, In order to think that Judaism and Christianity have significant similarities that they don't share with other religions, you'd have to assume that Judaism hasn't changed or grown or had a culture in 2,000 years. That not only do Jews have the same beliefs and practices that we did during the second temple, but also that those beliefs and practices were just copies of modern Christian interpretations of the old testament. That we've never interpreted a text for ourselves, or developed our own practices, but instead are just models of something that was always a prelude. That we're dead and we've been dead for millenia.
And like this line of thought isn't entirely unfamiliar to me; it's exactly the attitude I've been trying as a white American to unlearn about, literally every Indigenous culture. But I didn't realize until today that people felt that way about me, and that's been really disconcerting.
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batavrahamvsara · 17 hours ago
i've been really in love with yiddish lately, so let me pose a question - which versions of my hebrew name do you like best?
Batyah Sarah bat-Shimshon
Basya Suri/Sori, Pesha Sorah/Sorke
Faivish (apparently this is sometimes used to replace the name Phoebus as well as Shimshon/Samson/Sampson/etc!)
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didyoumeanxianity · 20 hours ago
This might be a bit of a weird question, but- what are your favorite things about being Jewish?
Not weird at all! So my favorite thing about being Jewish is being able to pass Judaism, and a love of Judaism and being Jewish, to my small human progeny. They get so much joy from Judaism, it is truly beautiful.
My next favorite thing is being able to keep a part of my family’s culture and practices, practices that for 3-or-so generations my family felt forced to give up. I get to, along with my partner, reclaim those practices and forge a connection not just to my immediate ancestors but also to those long-since passed.
But really, it’s a hard question to answer because it’s hard to think of things I don’t like about being Jewish (other than antisemitism, but that’s not Judaism’s fault). I love our foods, our holidays, our rituals, and our languages. Despite all the pushback the world has to offer us, I genuinely love being a Jew.
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