20 Oct 2014 19:50 | 60 notes | Reblog
"The sad truth is, there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave. The good news is, if you tough it out, you’ll eventually weed these people out of your life an be left with some great people you can really count on. We rarely lose friends and lovers, we just gradually figure out who our real ones are."
Anonymous (via the-courage-to-heal)
20 Oct 2014 19:33 | 20 notes | Reblog
"

[interviewer: what made you come to Judaism?]

This is really a personal question. I once told a reporter the same thing: I said, “You don’t really expect me to undress before you?” I’m not trying to be offensive, but in asking such a question you are asking about something that is really intimate, far more so even than a person’s body. What is it that really makes a person inwardly change?

There was also something more intellectual. There is a theorem in mathematics. It is not very high mathematics, but there is something very interesting about it. It is a problem in plane geometry. It is a problem that seems very obvious, but it is possible to prove that you cannot solve it in plane geometry. The only way you can solve it is by creating a point in the third dimension. From there on, the problem is solved almost immediately. I would say that with my socialist upbringing and my awareness of the war, I came to a point where I knew that without having a point beyond the dimensions of our world, there is no solution to anything on earth.

"
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz (x)

If I never answer “why are you converting” ever again, it will be too soon.

(via pointmerose)
20 Oct 2014 19:32 | 34 notes | Reblog

A bill of rights for Jewish converts

returnofthejudai:

This post is important to read for Jews By Birth as well as Jews By Choice. This deals with a lot of the unfair stigma faced by converts and patrilineal Jews. Converts are in the process of joining the Jewish people. They make tremendous efforts and sacrifices to become Jews. We need to love and welcome them as our own, because they are our own. It is shameful that so many people play politics with the conversion process. This involves real people, people for whom Judaism means something in a way it never can for a born Jew who was raised with the tradition. To borrow my favorite conversion quote…

"I’m sorry I was born a Jew, but only because I wish I had the privilege of choosing Judaism on my own." — Louis Brandeis

Convert sounding off. STOP ASKING US WHY. ESPECIALLY if you are a Jew by birth. 

17 Oct 2014 13:23 | 92,839 notes | Reblog

fieldbears:

lydiduh:

In 15 seconds of dialogue Francis Wilkerson sums up what’s wrong with how women are criticized in our society and it’s great

I literally remember when this aired and something clicked in my head. He was putting to words what I kept seeing over and over in media without apology or explanation

16 Oct 2014 01:14 | 294 notes | Reblog
"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 danielleycake)
16 Oct 2014 01:13 | 8 notes | Reblog

saltdragon:

Do not mistake my criticism of the left for disdain for the left. Broadly speaking I do not think the left stands for Jews, but I still think it has a great deal of value. The analytical and practical tools thinkers and activists from across the left have given us are useful, even if many of the people who use them do not see our value. I am critical of the left because it deserves criticism.

The right does not rise to criticism, it deserves only contempt.

15 Oct 2014 15:25 | 4,129 notes | Reblog
"Men are afraid of women talking about video games, women are afraid of men killing them"

I had to slightly modify a(n apocryphal?) Margaret Atwood quote in light of today’s sad events:

An email sent to Utah State University officials threatens to terrorize the school with a deadly shooting over a talk to be delivered by feminist critic and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian, Polygon confirmed with the school’s Center for Women and Gender Studies.

What makes this even worse is the terrorist threat references the École Polytechnique Massacre in an aspirational way:

"If you do not cancel her talk, a Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out against the attendees, as well as students and staff at the nearby Women’s Center," the message reads. "I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs."

But what if this was an isolated ev-Let me stop you right there:

Game developer Brianna Wu, head of development at Boston-based Giant Spacekat, fled her home after receiving a series of specific, violent threats directed at her and her family on Twitter last night. Police confirmed they are actively investigating the threats.

Here’s the most tragic irony about all of this: jumping straight to threats of violence is simply a poor coping skill fostered by the toxic masculinity that feminists like Anita Sarkeesian have been criticizing all along.

(via mensrightsactivism)

15 Oct 2014 15:21 | 62 notes | Reblog
"Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (via wellbehavedwomen-dontmakehistory)
15 Oct 2014 02:11 | 0 notes | Reblog
"Individual heterosexual women came to the movement from relationships where men were cruel, unkind, violent, unfaithful. Many of these men were radical thinkers who participated in movements for social justice, speaking out on behalf of the workers, the poor, speaking out on behalf of racial justice. However when it came to the issue of gender they were as sexist as their conservative cohorts."
Bell Hooks
14 Oct 2014 20:29 | 218,269 notes | Reblog
ectomorrrph:

ciggars:

modalitout:

notanothersonglyric:

ruinedxfate:

ruinedxfate:

ham-safar:

Rayhaneh Jabbari is sentenced to hang for killing her rapist in self defense in Iran. She is now 26 years old and has been in Tehran’s dreaded Evin prison since 2007. The petition for her release can be found here: http://bit.ly/1h7EP4D

UNBELIEVABLE

EVERYBODY SIGN THIS PETITION

It needs 100,000, and only has 8,000 as it stands. 

SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS GUYS

OMYGOD LETS HELP EACH OTHER OUT GUYS

YO

ectomorrrph:

ciggars:

modalitout:

notanothersonglyric:

ruinedxfate:

ruinedxfate:

ham-safar:

Rayhaneh Jabbari is sentenced to hang for killing her rapist in self defense in Iran. She is now 26 years old and has been in Tehran’s dreaded Evin prison since 2007. The petition for her release can be found here: http://bit.ly/1h7EP4D

UNBELIEVABLE

EVERYBODY SIGN THIS PETITION

It needs 100,000, and only has 8,000 as it stands. 

SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS GUYS

OMYGOD LETS HELP EACH OTHER OUT GUYS

YO

14 Oct 2014 20:24 | 55 notes | Reblog
tiny-librarian:

The Trial of Marie Antoinette Queen of France October 14, 1793 
"If I have not answered you it is because Nature refuses to answer such an incrimination made to a mother…"

tiny-librarian:

The Trial of Marie Antoinette Queen of France October 14, 1793 

"If I have not answered you it is because Nature refuses to answer such an incrimination made to a mother…"