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Lindsey is Reform and Ashkenazi and lives in New York, which probably makes her the most likely ever to make this sort of a blog. She does comics and is best, Jewwise, at 20th century history and Israeli snack food.

Hannah was brought up Secular Humanist, which means she has no idea how to do any manner of religious ceremony and thinks that Sukkot involves Froot Loops, but is quite talented in the arts of building graham cracker shtetls and other extremely important cultural things. She also has a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of the history of antisemitism in medieval Europe, for some reason.

Oliver does not have any of this really cool encyclopedic knowledge but is sufficiently rad enough to make up for it simply by existing. She is a Reform Mizrahi from Rhode Island currently living in New Mexico, went to a Jewish summer camp for eight years, and greatly enjoys gluten free-ifying all of her favorite foods.

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21 October 14
this tweet series was a+ communism jokes and judaism jokes, sorry about it 

this tweet series was a+ communism jokes and judaism jokes, sorry about it 

20 October 14
Jews have long had a reputation for being a verbal, sometimes argumentative people. The great Yiddish writer Isaac Peretz characterized them as ‘a people who can’t sleep and don’t let anybody else sleep.’
— Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy  (via mermaideleh)

Reblogged: gotochelm

13 October 14

folksbiene:

The Vienna Jewish Choir singing the Yiddish song “Di Grine Kusine [The Greenhorn Cousin]”:

The Greenhorn Cousin

A girl cousin arrived, a greenhorn,
Beautiful as gold she was
Cheeks red as oranges
Tiny feet, just made for dancing.

Her hair was as a silk web
Her teeth as pearls on a string
Her eyes, blue as skies in spring
Her lips, just like twin cherries.

She did not walk, she leapt
She did not talk, she sang.
Her every feature joyful and gay -
Such a one was my cousin.

But, as the years passed by
My cousin went downhill
From working hard week after week
Nothing remained but a wreck.

Today, as I meet her in the street
And I ask: How’s everything, Greenhorn?
She just sighs and I read in her eye:
To hell with Columbus’ paradise!

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

Tags: yiddish
Posted: 1:22 PM

Sukkah Prayer for Abused Women

gotochelm:

From Shalom Bayit, San Francisco

Shalom Bayit conducts an annual campaign, May Our Homes be a Shelter of Peace, during Sukkot and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)to raise awareness about the plight of battered Jewish women. It urges all to “tie purple ribbons to your home or congregational sukkah to honor those who have experienced abuse or who do not dwell in peace and safety in their own homes,” reciting the following prayer or similar. Resource materials are available from the organization, Tel. (510) 451-8874.

We bless the Divine Presence,
Whose wings shelter us with peace.
Redeemer of Israel Who brought us out of Egypt,
on this festival of Sukkot our thoughts turn
to those who dwell in fear and danger in their own homes.
With compassion and an outstretched arm,
bring them forth into freedom,
and shelter them in Your sukkah of peace.

[via ritualwell]

Reblogged: gotochelm

Tags: abuse
9 October 14

yumuseum:

Two details of a sukkah decoration designed by Siegmund Forst (1904-2006) for the Spero Foundation ca. 1965.  Forst is responsible for many items of material culture that have appeared throughout the years in the Jewish household. This Sukkah decoration is a noteworthy example. In the 1960s, the Spero Foundatio asked Forst to decorate a pre-fabricated sukkah, which he did with fruits, birds, and representation of the seven species of the land of Israel. This Sukkah was produced first in heavy canvas and then in plastic.  These pieces, from the Collection of Yeshiva University Museum, were the gift of Lynn Broide.

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

4 October 14

freetofufacts:

yom kippur is jewish goth christmas and instead of presents we have hunger

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

Tags: tru
3 October 14
with-boots:

it’s yom kippur,
time to sacrifice a goat to the wilderness demon azazel

with-boots:

it’s yom kippur,

time to sacrifice a goat to the wilderness demon azazel

Reblogged: with-boots

Posted: 3:27 PM
folksbiene:

In the tradition of secular Jews not fasting on Yom Kippur, here’s the poster from the film The Quarrel, based on the short story by famed Yiddish writer Chaim Grade. The movie starts with Chaim (based on the author?), an ex-Yeshiva student and Shoah survivor, breaking the Yom Kippur fast but nonetheless being recognized as a Jew and being asked to join a minyan. Chaim later meets someone from his old Yeshivah, Hersh, who has retained his strict upbringing despite the horrors of the Holocaust. The action of the film centers on the ensuing philosophical debate between the two.
You might recognize the actor playing Chaim: it’s a young Saul Rubinek, who plays Artie Nielsen on Syfy’s “Warehouse 13.”

folksbiene:

In the tradition of secular Jews not fasting on Yom Kippur, here’s the poster from the film The Quarrel, based on the short story by famed Yiddish writer Chaim Grade. The movie starts with Chaim (based on the author?), an ex-Yeshiva student and Shoah survivor, breaking the Yom Kippur fast but nonetheless being recognized as a Jew and being asked to join a minyan. Chaim later meets someone from his old Yeshivah, Hersh, who has retained his strict upbringing despite the horrors of the Holocaust. The action of the film centers on the ensuing philosophical debate between the two.

You might recognize the actor playing Chaim: it’s a young Saul Rubinek, who plays Artie Nielsen on Syfy’s “Warehouse 13.”

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

1 October 14

eretzyisrael:

Thousands Pray in Jerusalem on Jewish Ethiopian Holiday of Sigd.

Thousands attended the central ceremony for the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem on Thursday morning. The day is normally celebrated on the 29th of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, 50 days after Yom Kippur, but this year was brought forward so as not to conflict with Shabbat.

It took place at the Haas Promenade, known as the tayelet, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem. The hilltop park has a panoramic view of the Old City, significant for the day. A fast lasts from morning until afternoon at the completion of the prayer service. 

Sigd is based upon the events related in the Book of Nehemiah chapter 8 and 9, in which the Biblical prophets Ezra and Nehemiah led the Jewish people out of Babylonian exile and back into the Land of Israel. The Beta Israel community of Ethiopia kept this tradition in Ethiopia and it has special significance in Israel as part of the community’s own exodus to the modern State of Israel.

Following the service, many leaders in the Jewish Ethiopian community spoke including Ethiopian Chief Rabbi Yosef Hadane and others. Also addressing the crowd was Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef.

Also speaking was Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, Member of Knesset Ofir Akunis (Likud - Yisrael Beiteinu), and Immigration Minister Sofa Landver (Likud - Yisrael Beyteinu). 

(Source: israelnationalnews.com)

Reblogged: libhobn

26 September 14
thriftstorescans:

Cake ideas from the Wilton 1978 Yearbook

thriftstorescans:

Cake ideas from the Wilton 1978 Yearbook

Reblogged: elle-emeno-pee

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh