i’m really hype about spring cleaning today~
special talents: eating while watching hannibal
ur jewish, you probably see it way worse than i do but its sooo gross
a lot of the synagogues back home have “we stand with israel” signs outside of them and it’s weird and bad
for me it’s definitely sometimes hard to divorce myself between feelings and reality—like yes, it would be nice if we could just give Jewish people a piece of their holy land, especially given all the atrocities that have been forced upon them (though whether they deserve it or not is a weird moral grey area in and of itself)
and for me, Judaism has always been about love, acceptance (especially of those different from you), selflessness, and resistance against oppression and injustice (ESPECIALLY passover which is my favorite holiday—at least in my family there is a lot of “never forget that your ancestors were slaves in Egypt, and so YOU were a slave in Egypt, and you can never forget what happened and how horrible it is and you can never let that happen to anyone else, you must always fight against oppression, and if you do nothing you are as bad as the oppressors.”
hell, my family puts an orange on the seder plate because some rabbi once was like “women belong on the bimah as much as an orange belongs on the seder plate” (basically, women can’t be rabbis) so they were like “yeah ok women belong on the bimah so I guess we’re putting an orange on the seder plate”
so when I see how harshly my view of what Judaism is contrasts with what Israel, what is supposed to be a manifestation of Judaism, it’s really really uncomfortable. When I see Jews—who are supposed to fight oppression—imposing apartheid and all manner of atrocities it’s a really weird cognitive dissonance.
sadly I think a lot of people from where I’m from never resolve that dissonance and assume that the Israeli state is run as we think it should be, as it fits our image of Judaism, even if it’s not that way. There are a lot of kids at home who have t-shirts with the Israeli army logo on it and joke about how badass they are but don’t think it all the way through to what kind of horrible acts that badassness entails. Honestly I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a Jew (not just culturally like me) and have to face that the state that was supposed to be basically a Jewish utopia, a holy place, a safe haven, become a corrupt and racist state instead, perpetuating the kind of oppression that is so antithetical to what I feel Judaism is supposed to be.