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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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28 August 14


Not Disney today, but I think you’ll forgive me, because this woman is amazing.  This is tagged under foreign disney since it’s in the same spirit as the Disney songs I post, but of course this movie was not made by Disney.

Ofra Haza performed the part of Moses’ mother in the song ‘Deliver Us' in 17 languages for the release of 'Prince of Egypt’, because she is a flawless badass.  Because it’s her native tongue, and the language the song would have performed in where these people actually singing, I am particularly enchanted with the Hebrew version (Hoshia na)

There was never a soundtrack release, so this is audio ripped from the movie, but it doesn’t diminish Ofra Haza being fucking amazing. This is intense and beautiful and you should listen to it.   What gets me the most, honestly is her single super powerful ‘Hoshia na’ near the end. 

Reblogged: quozzel

26 August 14


"These Israeli and Palestinian Kids Would Rather Sing Than Fight: The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus offers high schoolers sanity in a world gone mad."

They come to the Jerusalem Youth Chorus from as far away as Ramallah (a Palestinian outlook in the occupied West Bank) and a moshav (a Jewish settlement) outside of Jerusalem. They speak Arabic, Hebrew, and often a bit of English. They are five tenors, eight sopranos, six altos, and seven basses. They are 13 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, all high school students. Some are friends of friends with Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, the Israeli teens whose kidnapping and killing sparked the latest round of clashes; others grew up around the corner from Muhammad Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy who was murdered in the wake of those kidnappings.

For the past two years, the chorus—the only mixed Israeli-Palestinian choral group in the Holy City—has met weekly in Jerusalem to sing at the international YMCA, one of the few places Arabs and Jews can meet comfortably. This summer, they’ve rehearsed several times a week—despite the rocket launches and airstrikes—in a flurry of preparations for their first international singing tour. It took them last week to Kyoto and Tokyo, where they could enjoy a break from the troubles at home.

Read the full article here.

In the video above, the kids perform “Adinu,” based on a poem by the Sufi mystic Ibn ‘Arahi: “I believe in the religion of love, wherever love is found.”

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

25 August 14

Thinking Critically About “Uncritical”



One hears the refrain thrown out repeatedly, even casually — the great mass of Jews (or perhaps most Americans, but mainly Jews) who are “uncritical supporters of Israel.” Often times it comes from Jews who claim to have been blind before they learned to see. Here’s Antony Lowenstein:

Although support for the Jewish state has been an unofficial second religion for Jews for decades – in my own family it was simply expected that Israel would be uncritically backed in times of war and peace, with Palestinians demonised as unreasonable and violent – times are changing.
And here’s
Bonnie Honig
: “Too many of us are too committed to being uncritical of Israel.”

It comes in academic tomes — Laurence Silberstein’s chapter on “American Jewry’s Identification with Israel” uses variations on the word “uncritical” (or synonyms) four times in its first page. It comes in pleas that I might generally support, such as in this letter from Israelis for a Sustainable Future: “The belief that being “pro-Israel” means uncritically supporting the actions of the Israeli government and military does not help the Israeli people.”

And so it is that Gil Troy, responding to (natch) Joseph Palermo calling him “an uncritical booster of Israel”, writes the following:
Calling me “an uncritical booster” suggests I am more propagandist than analyst, more cheerleader than thinker. It plays into stereotypes of pro-Israel types as monolithic and blind to any Israeli faults – an absurdity considering the many passionate debates constantly roiling the Zionist community. It legitimizes the delegitimization of Israel through a perverse reverse projection. While escalating every Israeli imperfection into proof that Israel should not exist, delegitimizers project their absolutist all-or-nothing attitudes onto Israel’s supporters. Underlying this is an unfair singling out of Israel as a country on probation, acceptable only if it behaves well. The charge also reflects an anti-Zionist prejudice assuming that thinking people can only support Israel by bypassing logic.

Contrary to Palermo’s caricature, I have publicly criticized Prime Minister Bibi Netanhyau for failing to lead boldly, charging him with acting like a Chicago ward heeler rather than a statesman. I have said that Israeli leaders should be driving the peace train rather than Barack Obama or John Kerry, tapping Israel’s world-famous creativity to find solutions. I criticized anti-Arab violence long before the horrific revenge killing last month. I have criticized the chief rabbinate for being too rigid.

In short, just like a patriotic American criticizes the United States – while still loving it; just like a devoted wife criticizes her husband while still loving him; I criticize Israel – without questioning Israel’s right to exist. To support Israel one need not mortgage one’s soul or override one’s critical faculties. In fact, democratic Israel invites thoughtful supporters, loving critics, ardent advocates for different solutions to the country’s various problems.
He’s right of course. But there’s something deeply pathetic about this laundry list of times he’s criticized Israel — as if this will at all alter the refrain; as if proof that Jews (and not just the Naomi Klein fans of the bunch) criticize Israel on a regular basis is even relevant to the belief in question.

Because on face, the idea that there is any significant subset of Jews who are “uncritical supporters of Israel” is not just untrue; it’s transparently ludicrous. Anybody who’s had an opinion on Israel is critical of it, at least some of the time — the odds that multi-million person sovereign nation would always in all cases map on precisely to anyone’s idiosyncratic policy preferences (much less somehow managing to unite the entire Jewish community writ large in “uncritical” support) is obviously absurd.
"Israel critic" is an incredibly broad term that probably encompasses every single person who has ever had an opinion on the subject — including Israel’s defenders. I am a defender of Israel, I am also a critic of Israel. Caring about something means having opinions about it, it would be a remarkable coincidence if my opinions about Israel (or any other country, or institution, or person) perfectly tracked Israel’s actions. ZOA is a critic of Israel, as it has every right to be. The point being, first and foremost, that those who adopt the mantle “critic of Israel” are in reality a narrow and provincial subset of the class, who should not be allowed to insist that the vast majority of Jews are mindless zombies “incapable of criticism of Israel.”
When they say “uncritical of Israel”, they mean “not criticizing the things I want criticized, in the manner I want to see them criticized.” But that Jews reject particular forms of criticism does not make them “uncritical”, that’s an exercise of critical faculties.

Simply put, I’m sick of hearing about this mythical sector of uncritical Israel supporters. It doesn’t exist. But the people who partake in the refrain are people who seemingly can’t make the, dare I say critical, distinction between disagreeing with a specific criticism and being incapable of criticism.

via The Debate Link

Especially annoying considering that I’ve been going to Jewish-organized anti-Israel protests every week.

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

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Posted: 10:19 AM


The above flyer appeared pasted to walls around Rome on Saturday, August 9th. The text reads:

Boycott Israel!

Contribute to stop the massacre of the Palestinian People!

Boycotting any type of Jewish product or business is fundamental to stopping the massacre in Palestine, every shop, factory and business under Jewish ownership sends a percentage of its profits to Israel to furnish weapons and continue to kill those who have a right to live in their own homeland! By buying from these VILLAINS you contribute to the killing of further thousands of women, children and seniors, who every day have to fight to keep the land, land stolen with violence by transforming every street into a trench, by raping women, burning children and destroying homes. To prevent this from continuing:


Here are some shops to boycott in the capital:

(Clothing) […]

(Restaurants) […]

(Butchers) […]

(Hotels and Boarding Houses) […]

Though the bold “Boicotta Israele” and the Charles Latuff cartoon would at first suggest that this flyer is associated with the BDS movement, it is not. In recent weeks we have repeatedly seen antisemitism masquerading as left-wing anti-Zionism, however, this flyer is a reminder that the gentile right is not, never has, and never will be a friend to the Jews. Reporting on these flyers, the JTA calls Vita Est Militia – the organization whose name appears at the bottom of the flyer – an “extreme-right group,” which I take to mean “neo-nazi.” 

It’s disturbing enough that an “extreme-right group” has created a list of Italian Jewish businesses to boycott (though what else neo-nazis might want with a list of Jewish businesses is even more worrisome) and accused Jewish businesses of universally using their profits to help massacre Palestinians, but the superficial adoption of BDS language and iconography signals something altogether more sinister: the reactionary right is learning to use leftist language to create the illusion of political legitimacy.

It is difficult to overstate how dangerous this is. It is already alarming how frequently transparent antisemitic libels escape Stormfront and spread into leftist circles. Gentiles are primed to believe the most egregious things about Jews, and will not bother to track down the source of antisemitic slander if it fits their conception of Jews. Essentially, if gentiles approve of what they hear about Jews, they don’t care who said it and why. If neo-nazis get better at exploiting this dynamic the consequences could be deadly. 

It is essential that critics of Israel take antisemitism seriously so that the right and left never find themselves working together to answer the Jewish Question. This means recognizing that antisemitism is not merely personal hatred but a cultural institution, treating Jews as an authority on said institution, and taking steps to politically and socially neutralize individuals and organizations which uphold antisemitism. It is not enough to say you denounce antisemitism; it is not enough to tell us that anti-Zionism is not the same thing as antisemitism; it is not enough to tell us that you hate Zionists, not Jews. Words are not enough when those who would gleefully kill every last one of us and wipe our names from the histories are learning to use those same words. Enough words.

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24 August 14


Abdallah (Ovadiah) Agassi was a Baghdadi Jewish artist who painted primarily Biblical subjects. Living a solitary life in Tel Aviv, he squirted paint on his canvases and let them dry for months before adding color to them. The Hebrew text of Biblical passages take up most of his works, accented by alluring characters representing Biblical figures. What strikes me most interesting about his works is that his works are similar to that of ANE reliefs, with lack of foreshortening and characters in profile, as well as visibly West Asian characters indicative of Mashriq influence.

Reblogged: marxistswithattitude

23 August 14

Musicians of Safed by Reuven Rubin, Israeli painter born is Romania. Born in a poor family but in the right moment of history, rubin turned in to modern art fast. There is a museum in his name in Tel Aviv. He is known as one of the founders of israeli genre in painting. #painting #art #artist #instaart #malepainter #instapaintings #iloveart #ilovepainting #masterpiece #painter #paint #peintre #Musickadeh #artistic #colors #portrait #musician #safed #reuvenrubin #israel #israeli #jerusalem #telaviv #arthasnoborders #artwithoutborder #rubin #rubinmuseum #ךאובןךובין by loo_lii_taa


Musicians of Safed by Reuven Rubin, Israeli painter born is Romania. Born in a poor family but in the right moment of history, rubin turned in to modern art fast. There is a museum in his name in Tel Aviv. He is known as one of the founders of israeli genre in painting.
#painting #art #artist #instaart #malepainter #instapaintings #iloveart #ilovepainting #masterpiece #painter #paint #peintre #Musickadeh #artistic #colors #portrait #musician #safed #reuvenrubin #israel #israeli #jerusalem #telaviv #arthasnoborders #artwithoutborder #rubin #rubinmuseum #ךאובןךובין by loo_lii_taa

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20 August 14



people who think that governments taking action against “zionism” is completely acceptable and in no way antisemitic need to read the history of jews in egypt, iraq, syria, morocco, and pretty much every other middle eastern and north african country.  the criminalization of zionism in all of these countries resulted in genocide and ethnic cleansing of millenia-old jewish populations, and the survivors, destitute after having all of their assets seized by these wonderful progressive anti-zionist governments, had nowhere to go.  except to israel, that is.  they went to israel.

violent antizionism does not help palestinians.  but it sure as hell does strengthen jewish migration to the jewish state.

don’t forget the USSR

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18 August 14


For fuck’s sake.


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16 August 14

Anonymous said: hi, i'm sorry if this has been asked but in your powerpoint you said that the tumblr sj community is guilty of antisemitism. what kind of things has it done? also, i love your blog!



I’ll take this one since I’m the blog’s resident Jew.  Oy vey, where do I start…

  • SJ community loves to police Jewish identity and silence actual Jews when they talk about their own identities.  This usually happens in context of either “Are Jews White?” or “Jewishness is just a religion” conversations.  In reality, Jews are an ethnoreligious group that ethnically originated in the middle east, and while some ethnic Jews have light skin, it’s actually due to centuries of forced assimilation in European and Slavic countries through rape, which is a big reason why Jewishness is matrilineal.  Furthermore, there exist Jews who do not look white at all.  There are black, brown, and asian Jews who are all ethnically Jewish, and these conversations erase them.
  • "Jewish privilege".  Fact: It’s not a thing.  It’s actually a very common anti-semitic trope that says that Jews run everything so they are not oppressed.  Jews are oppressed, and face anti-semitic violence.
  • "Anti-semitism is not just about Jews, there are other semitic people." While yea, there are other semitic people, the term "anti-semitism" was created by Germans in the 19th century to refer specifically to the hatred of Jews because it sounded more scientific.
  • Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel.  I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting.  Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism.  
  • Finally, and this is a big pet peeve of mine.  The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews.  Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe. 

That’s enough for now.  If you’re interested in learning more about Jewish identity and anti-semitism, you are welcome to check out my personal blog: yochevedke.  I discuss that stuff a lot.  


Another Jew reblogging about anti-semitism. I’ve seen some increase in concern about this from goyim, but it’s been slow going. Hopefully we’ll pick up a big head of steam soon.

Reblogged: dropkicks

12 August 14

There were then about 200,000 Jews still in the kingdom. It is an indication of the demoralized state of the Jewish community, and also of the attachment Jews nevertheless felt for Spain, the country where they had enjoyed most comfort and security in the past, that very large numbers, including the senior rabbi and most of the leading families, chose to be baptized. About 100,000 trudged across the frontier into Portugal, from which in turn they were expelled four years later. About 50,000 went across the straits into North Africa, or by ship to Turkey. By the end of July 1492 the expulsion was an accomplished fact.

The destruction of Spanish Jewry was the most momentous event in Jewish history since the mid-second century AD. There had been Jews in Spain from early classical times, perhaps even since Solomon’s day, and the community had developed marked characteristics. In the Dark and early Middle Ages, dispersed Jews tended to fall into two main groups: those in touch with the Babylonian academies and those linked to Palestine. There were two such communities, each with its synagogue, in Maimonides’ Fustat (and a third synagogue for the Karaites). From the fourteenth century, however, it is more accurate to speak of Spanish or Sephardi Jews—the term is a corruption of an old name for Spain—and Ashkenazi or German Jews radiating from the Rhineland.The Sephardis created their own JudaeoSpanish language, Ladino or Judezmo, once written in rabbinic cursive script, as opposed to the modern (originally Ashkenazi) Hebrew cursive. They were learned, literary, rich, immensely proud of their lineage, worldly-wise, often pleasure-loving and not over-strict, following the liberal codification of Joseph Caro. They were a bridgehead of the Latin world in Arab culture and vice versa, and transmitters of classical science and philosophy… Now this large and gifted community was dispersed all over the Mediterranean and Moslem world and, from Portugal, in a second Sephardi diaspora, to France and north-west Europe. Many embraced Christianity and made their mark therein.

A History of the Jews, Paul Johnson

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh