Zionist. Two-Stater. Liberal. Anti-Racist. Ashkenazi. Irish. American. Relatives in Israel, Argentina and the FSU. Feminist. Democrat. Semite. Despite some minor setbacks, I believe that peace and self-determination are achievable goals for the peoples of the Middle East. I hate bad history and narrishkeit about Khazars. I drink my coffee strong. I make some mean hummus.

 

Anonymous asked
hey, so you seem to know what you're talking about, so if it's not too much trouble, i'm going to ask you a question that's been bothering me for a while. my grandmother was born in a jewish family, but was not a practicing jew as an adult. my mother, her daughter, was also not religious, although she was matrilineally jewish. am i still jewish by birth, or does it stop after one generation of not being religious?

You have a matrilineal line of descent, and I believe that any community would accept that you are a Jew basically without question. Religious practice is not required. If you choose to walk into a synagogue and say “My family is Jewish, but I wasn’t raised in a Jewish setting and neither was my mother and I don’t know much,” that will sound fine to most people.

If you decide to make aliyah to Israel, or marry someone from some specific very frum communities or some similar situation arises, you might someday be asked to document your grandmother’s Jewishness, but that’s the only situation in which I can imagine anyone might have an issue.

A Conservative responsa on a similar issue:

http://www.schechter.edu/AskTheRabbi.aspx?ID=508

Has anyone in Tumblr land had a different experience with this?

totzeret-haaretz:

vikt0rfischer:

this is an israeli city named haifa, it’s the 3rd largest city in israel (right before mine) and this picture was taken in the bahai garden (basically the most famous tour site in haifa) nice try to lie again, palestinian media, nice try.

The Bahai garden, for those of you who didn’t know, is a sacred place for the Bahai people, who are not even ethnically Arabs.
Though, after the Palestinian media used the photos of the Fogel family as “Palestinian victims”, using a site which has nothing to do with Gaza is actually a level up. / ;

I…holy…that is the Baha’i Gardens, isn’t it? I completely missed that the first three times I saw this.
Seriously?

totzeret-haaretz:

vikt0rfischer:

this is an israeli city named haifa, it’s the 3rd largest city in israel (right before mine) and this picture was taken in the bahai garden (basically the most famous tour site in haifa)
nice try to lie again, palestinian media, nice try.

The Bahai garden, for those of you who didn’t know, is a sacred place for the Bahai people, who are not even ethnically Arabs.

Though, after the Palestinian media used the photos of the Fogel family as “Palestinian victims”, using a site which has nothing to do with Gaza is actually a level up. / ;


I…holy…that is the Baha’i Gardens, isn’t it? I completely missed that the first three times I saw this.

Seriously?

French Jewish activist assaulted at home as protests continue in Paris

(JTA) — A French Jewish activist whose address was published in anti-Israel forums online was ambushed outside his home by several men who caused him minor injuries.

The attack Friday in Bobigny near Paris was one of several violent incidents and expressions of hate that occurred over the weekend across Europe. There has been a surge in such incidents since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge earlier this month in Gaza.

The 24-year-old activist’s name appeared last week on a page on Facebook that contained the names and photos of dozens of people, including some of their addresses. The Facebook page of  “Young French Revolutionaries” was taken offline, but a cached version of it shows the caption “Smile, you’re on camera” on the post containing the dozens of pictures and details.

The Union of French Jewish Students confirmed to Le Monde that the 24-year-old’s name appeared on the list. According to Le Monde, he is associated with the French Jewish Defense League, a far-right group with a history of vigilante reprisals for attacks on French Jews.

On Saturday, anti-Israel activists clashed with police at an unauthorized demonstration at Paris’ Place de la Republique. Forty people were arrested, according to the news site 20minutes.fr.

Last week, protesters tried to attack synagogues at a similar protest near Sarcelles.

Yad Vashem Israel’s national Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, urged European governments to protect Jews from anti-Semitic attacks in a July 24 statement.

“We call on the governments of the democracies around the world, particularly in Europe, to take immediate steps, using the legal and moral tools at their disposal, to protect Jewish citizens in their countries, and combat the expressions of antisemitism which we are witnessing in recent weeks,” said Yad Vashem’s chairman, Avner Shalev.

The statement was unusual for Yad Vashem because it addressed issues beyond Holocaust commemoration and documentation.



Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/27/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/french-jewish-activist-assaulted-at-home-as-protests-continue-in-paris#ixzz38lCXGa9f

Jewish museums in Norway closed for fear of attacks

(JTA) — Police in Norway recommended the temporary closure of two Jewish museums for fear of attacks, while Danish police dispersed a pro-Israel rally out of concern for participants’ safety.

Following police advice in Norway, the Jewish museum in Trondheim closed indefinitely on Friday while the larger Jewish museum of Oslo is to remain shuttered until at least Tuesday, broadcaster NRK reported.

Police advised the museum to close amid reports that jihadists with fighting experience from Syria were planning an imminent terrorist attack on Norwegian soil. Extra security was posted at other potential targets, including Oslo’s main airport.

Also on Friday, police in Copenhagen cut short a demonstration of support for Israel and peace in the Middle East that the Danish Zionist Organization had organized near parliament with a group of Iranian dissidents, according to an account of the event by Vilhjalmur Orn Vilhjalmsson, an Iceland-born academic who attended the rally.

“The police couldn’t guarantee any longer the security of the participants in the rally, due to increasing threats from young Muslim troublemakers who were clustering in ever louder and violent groups nearby and even driving past in their cars shouting anti-Semitic slogans and waving Hamas flags,” he wrote on his blog.

He filmed several young men shouting “f**king Jews” at the demonstrators.



Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/27/news-opinion/world/jewish-museums-in-norway-closed-for-fear-of-attacks#ixzz38lBtarmB

Letter threatens Mumbai synagogues over Gaza conflict

(JTA) — Mumbai city police received a letter threatening to bomb Jewish sites in the city in retaliation for Israel’s operation in Gaza.

The letter, reported by Indian news outlets on Sunday, reportedly had threatened to launch the attacks on Friday, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The letter was signed by the Indian Mujahideen.

Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria ordered an investigation into who sent the letter and its threats, the Times of India reported.

“Maria you were lucky in 1993 to have escaped the wrath but this time you will not. Now we are going to carry a blast and it is a challenge for you if you can stop, stop it. Mujahideen,” the newspaper said that the letter read.

On March 12, 1993, a series of  explosions throughout Mumbai killed  257 people and injured 713. Organized crime groups were responsible for the blasts.

In November 2008, six Jews were killed at a Mumbai Chabad House as part of attacks on several sites throughout the city by an Islamist Pakistani group that left 166 dead and hundreds wounded.

Mumbai police reportedly are on high alert through the end of the Ramadan holiday later this week.



Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/27/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/letter-threatens-mumbai-synagogues-over-gaza-conflict#ixzz38lBEBHUM

Firebombs fail to ignite at Toulouse Jewish center

(JTA) — Police in Toulouse arrested a man who hurled three firebombs at a Jewish community center and the officers guarding it.

The incident happened Saturday, one hour after the conclusion of a demonstration against Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza, the AFP news agency reported.

The man, who was not named, threw two firebombs over the center’s fence and a third at the officers but none of the bombs successfully ignited. He also hurled stones at the Espace du Judaisme center, which contains a synagogue, a library and a lecture room, among other facilities.

“Our lives have become absurd,” Nicole Yardeni, the head of the local branch of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities. “We endure daily insults and get spat on, a general feeling of anxiety because a part of the population has a poisoned mind that makes it their mission to hurt Jews, regardless of Gaza.”

On Sunday, approximately 2,000 people, many of them Jews, held a rally in Marseille to express their solidarity with Israel.

Also on Saturday, the Correctional Tribunal of Paris released 11 of the 16 suspects that police arrested July 23 on suspicion that they were involved in carrying out an attack on a kosher restaurant in Paris’ 4th Arrondissement, which is also known as the Marais and is Paris’ historic Jewish quarter.

Eight of the suspects were minors, the website 20minutes.fr reported. Seven of them were released for lack of evidence, along with four adults. The court extended the remand of four young men and one minor, who was sent to juvenile court.

The suspects still in custody are believed to have been part of a group of 50 people who splintered off a pro-Palestinian demonstration and headed for the 4th Arrondissement.

A worker of the restaurant managed to shutter the restaurant’s anti-burglary bars, preventing the crowd from entering and locking dozens of customers inside, according to 20minutes.fr. The crowd proceeded to hurl various objects at the windows while shouting “bunch of dirty Jews, we will kill you” and “death to the Jews.”

One of the people released was a 32-year-old man whose criminal record included 14 incidents, and whose photo was identified by two victims of the attack.



Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/28/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/firebombs-fail-to-ignite-at-toulouse-jewish-center#ixzz38lAeYC7F

New Hungarian envoy to Italy, called ‘raging’ anti-Semite, quits

(JTA) — Hungary’s newly appointed ambassador to Italy, who has been described as a far-right activist and anti-Semite, withdrew from the position.

Peter Szentmihalyi Szabo told Hungary’s foreign ministry Friday that he “does not wish to fill any ambassadorial position,” according to the Hungarian news agency MTI.

The World Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League had urged Italy to refuse Szentmihalyi Szabo’s credentials after news of his appointment became public last week.

Two opposition parties had protested the appointment, noting that Szentmihályi Szabó has published articles in several far-right newspapers and been associated with a radical-right political party, after Parliament’s Committee for European Affairs accepted the nomination by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s rightist government.

The U.S.-based anti-Orban blogger Eva Balogh described Szentmihályi Szabó as a “raging” and “inveterate” anti-Semite. She quoted an article written by him in 2000 in the far-right Magyar Forum, called “The Agents of Satan,” which, though it doesn’t specifically use the term “Jew,” clearly describes Jews in classic anti-Semitic terms similar to those used in Nazi propaganda.



Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/28/news-opinion/world/new-hungarian-envoy-to-italy-called-raging-anti-semite-quits#ixzz38lAClFw8

hckleinman:

This is a video of a parade in Paris on the Eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Approximately 17,000 people participated. In this video the protestors first sing anti-semitic comedian Dieudonne’s Holocaust mocking song “Shoah Nanas” which translates as Holocaust Pineapples, where he blames Jewish people for his government fines for hate speech and mocks the Holocaust as a means for Jews to profit. Afterwords they chant “Juif, la France n’est pas a toi” which means “Jew, France is not for you.” 

Reblog the hell out of this. I’ve seen it before, but it never gets many notes. People are dismissing anti-semitism in France and it is killing me. 

Why am I not seeing this pass my dash every day like I do so many other causes? Why doesn’t this seem to merit even a casual reblog? Can you honestly watch this and not feel something turn cold in your soul?