dead flag blues: I’m asking because we’re in dire... →
spittingonhegel: I’m asking because we’re in dire need of a student movement this year, and I want to be in contact with people willing to organize at their uni, and not really so interested in children who complain and pout about Stalin and bureaucracy online. The reality in the states is one of bureaucracy at…
spittingonhegel: ugh i’m gonna get a t-shirt of Marx strangling that stupid fucking snake to death qua Hercules. beneath it will say “I DON’T SPEAK PARSELTONGUE. IT’S FOR SNAKES AND CAPITALISTS.” feel free to ~steal~ my idea because fuck intellectual property
therapsida: Sometimes I’m like should I be this mean? And then I remember how shitty everything is and how the world is full of egos that need deflating and I’m like yes yes I should Yes
therapsida: I bet if the Latino illegal immigrants... →
slayingxorangexjuice: I see it everyday here in NYC. Nobody gives a shit if the illegal Irish floor guys or the Polish construction workers are working in their neighborhood. But the second a worker that is of a darker ethnicity wants to do the same “illegal” job , everyone and their mother… I wonder why the racialization seems to be recent. Because it wasn’t long ago that...
Was Lenin Jewish? →
thehauntingspecter: lazersilberstein: “But the duty of the historian does not stop there. As Petrovsky-Shtern’s title suggests, the question of Lenin’s Jewishness was intimately bound up, in the minds of Soviet rulers, with the “Jewish question” itself. The ranks of those rulers included ethnic Jews at the highest levels of the Communist party. Why did they insist on obscuring Lenin’s origins?...
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svetlana-del-rey: lazersilberstein: Good shabbes bitches DID YOU GET THE TEXT THAT I DICTATED TO MY SHABBES GOY about how we should make a suicide pact Psh yeah let’s totally do it duh
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Good shabbes bitches
The recognition of circumcision as child abuse is... →
zarggg: How can “freedom of religion” possibly be construed to extend so far that it allows religious people to remove parts of other people’s bodies without their consent and for no medical reason? I understand where this all comes from, but I still dislike the insinuation that I was abused as a child solely for this reason. It is my own right to decide if there is to be outrage at the...
Was Lenin Jewish? →
“But the duty of the historian does not stop there. As Petrovsky-Shtern’s title suggests, the question of Lenin’s Jewishness was intimately bound up, in the minds of Soviet rulers, with the “Jewish question” itself. The ranks of those rulers included ethnic Jews at the highest levels of the Communist party. Why did they insist on obscuring Lenin’s origins?...
The same spirit that constructs railways with the hands of workers, constructs...– Karl Marx (via asthepoemsgo)
Money degrades all the gods of man and converts them to commodities.– Marx, The Jewish Question
kittymeir: you can’t raise your kids Jewish when you aren’t Jewish. that is just being mean to the child and raising him or her with a false identity of Jewishness. If you really want your kids to be Jewish, you have to convert. -.-; why would two non-jewish parents do this in the first place?
I often think that to be squarely anti-Zionist is to be ignorant of or to misinterpret decades of Jewish philosophy. These binaries are so unsatisfying. Btw plz don’t call me a Zionist—I am not quite one.
Torah is not merely law but the essence of law.– Paraphrase of early Scholem
lest anyone accuse me of policing jewishness/jewier-than-thou-ism/mussar, here are my actual thoughts when i criticize your judaism posts: a. being jewier than someone else is not even possible; b. i’m incredibly irreligious so even if “a” were possible i still couldn’t really claim to be doing it; rather, i do indeed think i am c. smarter and d. more attractive than you so...
I’m so dtf with gershom scholem and theocratic anarchism
Moyakh: Rambam was a wimp & a sellout. There, I... →
moyakh: A friend online posted an image of Maimonides (Rambam), a well-respected scholar on halakha. While I do agree that some of the contributions Rambam made to Judaism are/were priceless (13 principles of faith, the sections of the Mishneh Torah is the section dealing with Tzedakah,etc.) , I also… “Educated partially by reading the works of Arab Muslim philosophers, Rambam...
At this hour, I no longer believe, as I once did, that I am the Messiah.– Gershom Scholem
Hard-pressed to think of anything more gashmiusdik than Israel’s privileging of Orthodoxy. Read Gershom Scholem, frummies. Is statist hegemony actually important to you?
We have already said… that humanity is regressing to the state of the cave...– Karl Marx, quoted in The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin (via notsoterriblymisanthropic)
What is aura, actually? A strange weave of space and time: the unique appearance...– Walter Benjamin, “Little History of Photography” (1931)
Reblog if your Tumblr picture is actually you.
Damn my slow wits! I should have answered that, “what do you think of jewish renewal?” question with, “I don’t.”
Anonymous asked: what do you think of the jewish renewal movement?
byerushalayim asked: Have you read the Yiddish Policemens Union by Chabon? If so, how do you feel about it?
The number of intermarriages between... →
voguedissent: That does not surprise me, not only because of personal experience and observation, but because the current narratives about Asian/Asian-Americans are quite similar to the ones told about American Jews after WWII that led to them being perceived as white. that plus male privilege
I am a little obsessed with him. →
openbookjen: Israel Joshua Singer, another famous Yiddish novelist, once said of Der Nister that “had writers of the whole world been given a chance to read [his] work, they would have broken their pens.” Sadly, this is out of context. He was actually making fun of people who really, really like Der Nister. But Der Nister was indeed the best. So whatever IJ.
it’s not so much that i privilege older jewish literature over new stuff, i just think it’s better. hahahaha (that was supposed to be contradictory) no but seriously. you all have jonathan safron foer to answer for.
broletariat: lazersilberstein: contemporary jewish literature is shit “contemporary” jewish people are shit i’ve fucking had it with this site
i take that back re: contemporary jewish lit. joann sfar is amazing. everything else, though, remains garbage.
contemporary jewish literature is shit
i love how anti-zionists keep buying into and perpetuating the oh so scary Jewish Language War. btw i am not a zionist i just hate everyone
Yids: A Review of Unterzakhn by Leela Corman →
sassyfrasscircus: I wrote this review of Leela Corman’s new graphic novel, I’d love to hear what folks think? “The desire to keep Yiddishkeit alive signals less nostalgia than a political urgency grounded in a cultural history of resistance–a need to discover a relevant, lived Jewishness not over-invested in the propaganda of a dubious and oppressive ‘homeland.’” (Just a taste.) that’s...
Anonymous asked: I know there is a lot of Yiddish literature that is great; but i'm ignorant. What are the "basics" that I should read? thanks!
Anonymous asked: What do you think about those "tznius" signs that can be found in Mea Sherim?
Historical Slut: Historical Bias: Perception and... →
raeliz: historicity-reblogs: For example, I think my field (the changing nature of gender roles in Jewish society between the late eighteenth and mid-twentieth century woooo) is the shit and I try to present it as such. But the posts I make about that subject simply do not provoke a good deal of interest. Which I am okay with that—I post for myself before I post to make anyone else happy—but I...
maximilianofmexico asked: do you feel the same way about hijab as you do about tzinius? i know it's not our culture and so less our place to comment but i'm just curious how you view that what with the tendancy of most of the people i'm surrounded by viewing it as progressive to defend hijab
oh ps. if this turns into another "omg y r u so...
svetlana-del-rey: I swear, just unfollow me now, because the second some frummy asshole drags people’s parents into the discussion I kinda fail at civility and iduncurr talk about hypocrisy. the frum mafia invented being mean to other jews.
unnnghh i just answered an ask about tznius that tumblr fucking failed to post
Anonymous asked: Who do you consider a Jew?