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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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31 July 14
baruchobramowitz:

susemoji:

"why are Jewish people so spread around the world"
Expulsions of Jews in Europe from 1100 to 1600

The sad thing is that this is not even a full list of European expulsions. Many times, Jews were expelled from an individual town, but allowed to stay within the country, such as what happened in Mainz in 1012 and Bern in 1294. Other times, they were not even expelled by official decree but rather run out of town by marauding Gentile mobs, as happened during the Rhineland Pogroms of 1095-96 and many, many times since.
This map also does not include expulsions that occurred outside of Europe other than the Tunis expulsion.

baruchobramowitz:

susemoji:

"why are Jewish people so spread around the world"

Expulsions of Jews in Europe from 1100 to 1600

The sad thing is that this is not even a full list of European expulsions. Many times, Jews were expelled from an individual town, but allowed to stay within the country, such as what happened in Mainz in 1012 and Bern in 1294. Other times, they were not even expelled by official decree but rather run out of town by marauding Gentile mobs, as happened during the Rhineland Pogroms of 1095-96 and many, many times since.

This map also does not include expulsions that occurred outside of Europe other than the Tunis expulsion.

Reblogged: baruchobramowitz

Posted: 4:39 PM
It took her 17 years after his death, but 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is finally aware of the Notorious B.I.G. Ginsburg’s law clerks informed her after first showing her the “Notorious RBG” Tumblr that was created in the summer of 2013. Ginsburg revealed this and other fun facts in an interview with Katie Couric that touched on her women-hating male colleagues, her longevity on the court, and, most important, her new awareness of the Brooklyn hip-hop legend and her own meme-ification.

“I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious,” Ginsburg said, phrasing that sentence in the most perfect way imaginable.
— Adam K. Raymond, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Knows All About the Notorious R.B.G. Meme, New York Magazine (July 31, 2014). (via notoriousrbg)

Reblogged: notoriousrbg

Posted: 4:38 PM
She has created a wonderful thing with Notorious R.B.G. I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious. And they — they explained that to me.
— The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg a.k.a. notoriousrbg to katiecouric. (via staff)

(Source: Yahoo!)

Reblogged: notoriousrbg

Tags: ah
30 July 14

audiodrops:

For a group of people so concerned with the proper treatment of victims, Tumblr is surprisingly okay with people who want to know what ‘the Jews’ have learned from the numerous attempts to completely slaughter them.

Reblogged: baruchobramowitz

Posted: 1:53 PM
thelevinemachine:

I wrote a list for Buzzfeed! It’s a smash hit! All the cool people are talking about it!
7 Pages Of Talmud That Totally Look Like Jennifer Lawrence

thelevinemachine:

I wrote a list for Buzzfeed! It’s a smash hit! All the cool people are talking about it!

7 Pages Of Talmud That Totally Look Like Jennifer Lawrence

Reblogged: fuckyeahsoftzionism

29 July 14
officiousseeing-eyebitch:

progressivejudaism:

Did you know that astronomer Carl Sagan was Jewish?
Born in November of 1934 in New York City to a Ukrainian immigrant garment worker father and an American mother, Sagan grew up in a strong Reform Jewish family and would eventually go on to be a famous scientist.
Check out this article from Haaretz all about Sagan for more information about this American Jewish hero!


# yes i knew
# when he said ‘we are made of star-stuff’ he meant only the jews btw

officiousseeing-eyebitch:

progressivejudaism:

Did you know that astronomer Carl Sagan was Jewish?

Born in November of 1934 in New York City to a Ukrainian immigrant garment worker father and an American mother, Sagan grew up in a strong Reform Jewish family and would eventually go on to be a famous scientist.

Check out this article from Haaretz all about Sagan for more information about this American Jewish hero!

Reblogged: baruchobramowitz

Tags: tru
Posted: 3:16 PM

Reblogged: baruchobramowitz

26 July 14

As a final example of the areas into which religious imagery can extend, we can look at the phrase sheyne moyshe ve-arendlekh, beautiful little Moses-and-Aaronses. Inevitably preceded by the words zi hot, she has, the idiom means “stacked.” Moses and Aaron sneak in by way of the Song of Songs, which is recited every Friday in much of the Yiddish-speaking world and every Passover throughout the whole of the Jewish world, and was thus familiar to large numbers of people who were not especially scholarly. One of its verses reads: “Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that feed among the lilies” (Song 4:5).

Since the time of Rabbi Akiva, every traditional commentary on the Song of Songs has been at pains to prove that it has nothing to do with erotic poetry or physical love. It is generally taken as an allegory, usually of God’s love for the Jews. The popular Artscroll prayer book, which is rapidly becoming standard issue in all sorts of synagogues and temples, provides an easily accessible illustration of this sort of interpretation. In their introduction to the Song of Songs, the editors state quite openly that “a literal translation would be misleading—even false—because it would not convey the meaning intended by King Solomon.” In this spirit, the second verse—“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for thy love is better than wine”—comes out as “Communicate Your innermost wisdom to me again in loving closeness, for Your friendship is dearer than all earthly delights.” The misleading version of Chapter 1, verse 12—“While the king sat at his table, my spikenard sent forth its fragrance”—is corrected to: “While the King was yet at Sinai my malodorous deed gave forth its scent as my Golden Calf defiled the covenant,” which sounds a lot dirtier to me.

To be fair to the editors, they aren’t making this stuff up. They are following Rashi’s commentary fairly closely, and it’s important to stress that Rashi’s commentary has been indispensable to traditional study for nearly a thousand years: Jewish learning without Rashi is like pop music without the Beatles.

In his comments on the first verse quoted, Rashi refers to the medresh on the Song of Songs: “Your two breasts, which give you suck. That is, Moses and Aaron.” The two things that sustain the Children of Israel are the law, as given by Moses, and the sacrifices performed by Aaron the High Priest and his descendants. Of course, there is no mention of any of this in the text, and generations of schoolboys have noticed the disjunction between what the words are saying and what grown-ups insist that they mean. Over and over again, kids—boys in this case—took the commentary on its own terms, then extended those terms beyond the sacred page: now that we know what “breasts” really means, it “would be misleading—even false” to call any breasts “breasts.” Where the Boers were read into a text, Moses and Aaron are being read out of one. The commentary has been applied to the things described, not to the literary description of those things, but it has also kept its character as a commentary on a specific verse of the Bible. If the breasts of the woman in the Song of Songs are Moses and Aaron, then all women’s breasts are Moses and Aaron, and all the really good ones are beautiful Moses and Aarons—and now we know what Hooters will be called if the company ever goes kosher.

michael wex (born to kvetch)

i was not making that up

(via vivianvalse)

Reblogged: vivianvalse

Tags: ... nsfw???
Posted: 8:25 PM

baruchobramowitz:

כ-3,000 בני אדם משתתפים בהפגנת השמאל בכיכר רבין

כ-3,000 בני אדם משתתפים בשעה זו (שבת) בהפגנת השמאל בכיכר רבין. בחלק אחר של הכיכר מתקיימת הפגנה של פעילי ימין ובה כמה מאות בני אדם. כוחות מג”ב מפרידים בין הצדדים כדי למנוע עימותים

Some 3,000 people are participating right now (Shabbat) in a leftist demonstration [for a ceasefire in Gaza] in Kikar Rabin. In another part of the square there is a right-wing demonstration with a few hundred people. The police are keeping the two sides separate to avoid confrontations.

Reblogged: baruchobramowitz

Tags: israel
25 July 14

Reblogged: sovietjewry

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh