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to all my Jewish followers, happy new year; to all my Hindu followers, happy navratri
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About ten days ago, I wrote a series of posts regarding the difficulties Jews and people of other minority faiths encounter in western society when it comes to having our holidays respected and recognized. I got a lot of feedback from Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Jains, etc. echoing my sentiments (some of which was absolutely heartbreaking), and I have additionally seen a variety of other posts on the matter that underline my point. When reading all of the notes and comments relevant to these posts, I noticed a very similar theme reappearing time after time:

“I didn’t take off for X holiday because I’m not that religious, but the scheduling was very inconvenient for my more observant friend or family member.” 

Indeed, I had previously quoted former MLB player Gabe Kapler, who once made the justification to play baseball on Yom Kippur by saying: 

“I am not really a practicing Jew. It would be selfish to be a practicing Jew on only one day.”

It would seem that many people have been led to believe that observing a Jewish or Muslim or Hindu holiday is cheating unless you are sincerely devout. 

Well, I have a special message for those people: 

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO NON-CHRISTIAN SECULAR OBSERVANCES

This is important, so I’m going to say it again: 

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO NON-CHRISTIAN SECULAR OBSERVANCES

Think of all the times you have been chided by secular Christian friends for not celebrating Christmas.

“It’s not really even a religious holiday anymore,” people will tell you. “It’s just a nice time for families to get together and celebrate.” 

Well, guess what? So is Rosh Hashanah. So is Eid. So is Diwali. 

A secular Jew might not want to go to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to fly home for Rosh Hashanah dinner to be with their family. 

A non-practicing Muslim may have lost interest in regular religious practices, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still look forward to Eid celebrations.

A lapsed Hindu can still have fond memories of celebrating Diwali as a youth, and want to continue on with their family traditions. 

There is no written rule that says only people from Christian backgrounds can be non-religious and still celebrate their cultural holidays. There is no law that says only Christmas and Easter can be boiled down to family dinners and fun festivities. 

BEING A SECULAR PERSON FROM A MINORITY FAITH DOES NOT INVALIDATE YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR OWN CULTURAL BACKGROUND. 

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t prayed in years or don’t believe in God. If you want a day off for your holiday, take it. No matter what, it’s still yours. 

With the Jewish High Holidays coming up, I thought it would be a good time to reblog this. 

@lectorel
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Elegant Resin Rings with Gold & Silver Encapsulated Flakes

France-based Etsy shop called Daimblond located in the island commune in Normandy composes stunning and elegant resin rings with gold and silver flakes inside each design. 

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“Seaside homes are no more tragic than others, but often have more ghosts. They come with the tide, mistaking houses for their sunken ships.”
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In Torah it says at the start of Sh’mot, “these were the ones who went down to Egypt blah blah blah Sons of Him, Sons of Him, Sons of Him, and Serach, daughter of Asher”

And then at the end when they’re leaving Egypt it’s like “and these ones were leaving, Sons of Him, Sons of Him, Sons of Him.  And Asher’s daughter was called Serach.”

ExCUSE? said the rabbis. A woman has a name? And she is in the list both going INTO Egypt and also going OUT of Egypt 400 years later??? WHAT IS UP WITH THAT

(a woman having a name kind of bothered them more than a woman living for 400 years. that wasn’t a problem apparently. they could have been like “well it’s her great-great–great-whatever-granddaughter” but no.  IT WAS SERACH BAT ASHER, THE OLDEST JEW IN EGYPT.  Time is fake in Torah anyway)

So anyway… to answer their own question, as to why this lady appears twice, generations apart, the rabbis said, well.  What happened is, when Joseph’s brothers found out he was alive, they didn’t want to just TELL JACOB about it, because Jacob was OLD, and they didn’t want to be like “so remember when your favorite son died? Yyyyyeah, we made that up.  Actually we sold him to some dudes? He’s ok, he’s in Egypt, he’s fine, though.” Like what if Jacob had a heart attack? They couldn’t just DO that to him

So instead Asher gets his daughter Serach to play on the lyre for Jacob. “Play something soothing,” he says. “Make it, like, poetic.”

“Soothing,” says Serach, “Yes that is my specialty, I am an excellent soother.”

She goes and sits n Jacob’s tent and plays the lyre while crooning a soft song of her own composition. “Jooooseeeeeeeeph~ is alive~ yalalalai~ Joseph is alive in Egypt~ yaDAdadadai~ he has two sons called Ephraim and Menashe~ lailai~” and Jacob after about 40 minutes of this is like wait a SECOND

and he’s like “THE MOUTH THAT HAS TOLD ME THAT JOSEPH LIVES, THAT MOUTH SHALL NEVER TASTE DEATH!!!!!” and Serach is like “cool”

So she goes down to Egypt and everything.  She’s still there 400 years later.  Sometimes someone goes to her like “so this guy says he’s our redeemer?” and she’s like “did he have the PASSWORD” and they’re like “no?” and she’s like “then it’s NOT THE GUY” until finally they’re like “so this guy Moses?” “PASSWORD?” “well he said something about the god of Abraham Isaac and–” “THAT’S HIM OMG GET HIM BACK HERE”

She also tells Moses where Joseph’s bones are buried because we couldn’t leave Egypt without them.  It’s the night before Pesach and everyone is running around like headless chickens and Serach is like SHIT.  MOSES IS GONNA FORGET JOSEPH! so she goes and says “Our father Joseph was buried in a lead coffin and thrown in the Nile, go get him” and Moses is like “ok???” and goes to the edge of the Nile and like, yells over the water “JOSEPH! JOSEPH! WE CAN’T LEAVE WITHOUT YOU!” and Joseph’s coffin floats to the surface (presumably glowing with a faint supernatural phosphorescence) and Moses is like “cool”

So that’s how things went down in Egypt.  Bubbe Serach had all the Secrets that everyone else had forgotten, because she had Seen It All.  She had all the passwords so we knew who to trust when it came to fleeing the country.  Et cetera.  Pretty neat, right? Thanks rabbis

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, for what does the Talmud say in a totally different area?

“The sages debated the appearance of the waters when the Israelites crossed the Reed Sea.  Rabbi Yochanan said, “it was like a wall of lattice.” But Serach Bat Asher became angry, and she declared, “what are you saying? I was there, and it was like glass windows!”” (incidentally, this is important to debates over mechitzahs to this day)

BUT WAIT, u say.  BUBBE SERACH IS STILL HERE??? It’s been the ENTIRE HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISRAEL.  Temples have been built! Temples have fallen! Exiles have occurred! Rabbi Yochanan has been born and grown into a beautiful ornament for the town square who also has opinions on what water looks like! and SERACH IS JUST SITTING IN THE BACK OF THE BET MIDRASH LIKE “excuse me that is NOT how it happened” while the rabbis presumably look at each other like “shit we forgot grandma was gonna be here today” and Serach is like YOU LISTEN TO ME YOUNG MAN

SHE CAN NEVER DIE!!! SHE IS STILL OUT THERE!!! LOOK BEHIND YOU, WHO’S THAT CLICKING HER TONGUE AND SHAKING HER HEAD AT THE DVAR TORAH???

IT’S GRANDMA SERACH!!!!

@robininthelabyrinth
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ALWAYS REBLOG WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS PLEASE; ITS SO MUCH MORE THAN IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE. IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO SOMEBODY AND EVEN THOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT SEE THIS IN THE SAME LIGHT, SOMEONE MIGHT. INFACT YOU REBLOGGING THIS COULD STOP SOMEONE TAKING THEIR LIFE TONIGHT.

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On this thursday is Rosh Hashanna:

- this is the jewish new year, we are entering the year 5778. It comemorates when adam and eve were created.

- If you see someone jewish, or have jewish friends and family, say “L’Shana Tova (Le-Sha-Nah-Toe-Vah). It’s a greeting and a wish for a happy new year!

- We dip apples in honey to remind us of the sweetness of life and to bring sweetness into ourselves for a new year

-We eat a circular challah to symbolize the cycles of time, the challah often has raisins in it to add extra sweetness

-This is a happy holiday, full of joy

Beginning on Friday, September 30th is Yom Kippur:

- This is the jewish day of atonement, when we think about our wrongdoings of the past year and think about how we can commit to doing better in the next year.

- Many Jewish people fast, abstaining from food and water from sundown to sundown. The fast is roughly 25 hours. HOWEVER, if you need to eat, you may. There are lots of reasons that people may not fast, like recovering from an eating disorder, a medical condition like diabetes, or having to take medication with food. The elderly, children, and pregnant people should not fast.

- This is a solemn holiday, many people spend all day in synagogue in deep prayer. 

- On Yom Kippur, wish someone a peaceful or meaningful fast. Some people may take offense to the concept of having an “easy” or “enjoyable” fast because Yom Kippur is not about ease or comfort. 

- There is a breaking of the fast at sundown, this is usually a joyous event

Together, these make up the High Holy Days, the most important week in Judaism. 

please reblog to educate and spread awareness
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Diphylleia grayi, also known as the “skeleton flower” is native to the eastern United States and eastern Asia. The petals become transparent in the rain.

@elenothar Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
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hamelin-born said: Wow.

:D Wait until I finish my second re-read of It. I plan to make this full length, but I thought I’d release a snippet in the meantime. 

I look forward to it! Sorry about the radio silence; the local library didn’t have a copy of IT, so I have to wait for it to come in from another branch (it’s taking an incredibly long time; no idea why) but today I sat down in a local bookstore and read my way through part of it! Again. So I suppose I feel I have a better feel for it now!

…SO glad the transformation was reversible…

That sucks that the library is taking so long to get the copy in. Hope it hurries up!

And of course the transformation is reversible. I may be mean, but I’m not that mean. If It had had Bill for a little longer, though….

Let’s just say that Bill was damn lucky that the others found him when they did. Otherwise, not even the Other could have fixed him.

I have absolutely no idea why it’s taking so long. It just - is? It SAID 1-2 weeks for the book to be available; I suppose in the meantime I can just wait. …and watch some more of those youtube clips.

Under cut for potential spoilers:

Is the Other a thing in the movie? I know that it’s the Turtle in the book; I have absolutely no idea how that’s handled in the current film adaptation…
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hamelin-born said: Wow.

:D Wait until I finish my second re-read of It. I plan to make this full length, but I thought I’d release a snippet in the meantime. 

I look forward to it! Sorry about the radio silence; the local library didn’t have a copy of IT, so I have to wait for it to come in from another branch (it’s taking an incredibly long time; no idea why) but today I sat down in a local bookstore and read my way through part of it! Again. So I suppose I feel I have a better feel for it now!

…SO glad the transformation was reversible…
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Lauren K. Cannon, Kindled. A very clever variation on all those images of Aprhodite / Venus being born from the sea.

MY QUEEN
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Bless.

Accurate post is accurate. Also? Someone’s been spying on me while I’m driving.

I love this so much.

Yep. ALL. OF. THE. ABOVE.

All true
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“Sypha is a piece of art”. Yeah, but they all are.

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