Spring Cleaning My Friends List

It has happened a handful of times before.

It happened when Israel and Gaza went to war last summer. And when they went to war before that. It happened after the Michael Brown verdict, and after the Eric Garner verdict. It seems to happen after any major polarizing current event goes down without fail. And right this moment, it’s happening again. Continue reading Spring Cleaning My Friends List

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Our Sick Twisted View on the Holocaust: From Jealousy to Commodity Usage

In September there was an event hosted by my campus Hillel on the Holocaust and its implications. I have been a part of these conversations for many years, but this time I felt uncomfortable and awkward in that tiny windowless conference room.

Afterwards, I realized it was due to the fact that my own family had no direct connection to the Holocaust. Continue reading Our Sick Twisted View on the Holocaust: From Jealousy to Commodity Usage

Three Totally Not Terrible Acapella Channels For The Omer

It’s that time again!

The period between Passover and Shavuot has a unique commandment attached mandating Jews to count each of the 49 days between the two holidays, a ritual known as counting the Omer. It’s also a weird, strange time, full of any number of semi-mourning practices (dependent on regional or familial custom) forbidding any combination of haircuts, shaving, listening to instrumental music, or conducting weddings, parties, and dinners with dancing. Continue reading Three Totally Not Terrible Acapella Channels For The Omer

My Non-Jewish Dad’s Bizarre/Heartwarming Obsession With Matzoh

by Ben Faulding


“It is altogether proper that matzah is called the bread of affliction, because it has been afflicted more than any other foodstuff on earth. It is born in a searing-hot oven and then completely ignored for fifty-one weeks of the year while people walk around shamelessly eating leavened bread and crackers. Then, Passover rolls around, and it is smeared with various substances, ground up into balls, and, in the morning, fried up into a counterfeit version of French toast. Everyone eats it and nobody likes it, and there’s always one last box that sits untouched in a cupboard for months afterward, lonely, broken, and utterly unloved.” –Lemony Snicket. Continue reading My Non-Jewish Dad’s Bizarre/Heartwarming Obsession With Matzoh

An American Passover: The Untold Slave Story of My Ancestors

“Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world.”
“If you teach that nigger how to read the Bible, there will be no keeping him–
It would forever unfit him for the duties of a slave.”
“As to himself, learning would do him no good, but probably, a great deal of harm—making him disconsolate and unhappy.”
“If you learn him now to read, he’ll want to know how to write; and, this accomplished, he’ll be running away with himself.”

–Hugh Auld (Master of Frederick Douglass) Continue reading An American Passover: The Untold Slave Story of My Ancestors