1. qawiya:


    Compilation of my pictures in morocco. Casa/eljadida summer ‘14. Part 2.

    excuse me while I cry. I miss easy living in Morocco :(

    (via mack-la-more)


  2. this-is-not-jewish:


    Excellent portraits of Jewish women from the article “Women worshipers — pioneers or provocateurs?” (all photos are by AP/Sebastian Scheiner, I’ve only altered the captions)

    1. Rabbi of the Ramat Tziyon community, Chaya Baker with members of the community at their synagogue in Jerusalem.

    2. Rabbi and posk (person who makes rulings based on Jewish law), Diana Villa, at Jerusalem’s Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies where she teaches.

    3. Tamar Saar (left) with her rabbi Maya Lebovich at their synagogue in Mevaseret Tziyon near Jerusalem.

    4. Rabbi and soferet (Torah scribe) Hannah Klebanksy.

    5. Rabbi Chaya Baker laying tefilin.

    The original title of the article these came from (“Jewish Women Worshipping Like Men”) made me want to punch things, but these photos are fantastic. Particularly that last photo of Rabbi Baker.

    Also, for the record, the correct answer to the question “Pioneers or Provocateurs?” with regards to women wearing tallit and tefillin is “neither.” The Talmud explicitly states that Michal, the daughter of King Saul, wore tefillin “and the sages did not object,” and Maimonides (among numerous other sages) held that women are permitted to wear tallit. Women throughout the ages have worn tallit and tefillin. It may not have been the norm, but the custom is not new, nor should it be provocative.

    (via ameliarating)


  3. poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

    French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui has always been fascinated by the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of her native country. Inspired by the aesthetic and approach of Robert Frank’s The Americans and Richard Avedon’s In the American West, she started traveling through Morocco with her portable portrait studio, documenting the people she met along the way. Her ongoing project, “The Moroccans,” is a celebration of her countrymen and heritage.

    Alaoui’s project is complicated by the fact that Moroccans are particularly apprehensive about being photographed. “Most Moroccans grow up hearing stories of witchcraft and are often afraid of the ‘evil eye.’ It is commonly believed that one can throw a spell at someone by using his or her photograph,” Alaoui said via email. “Moroccans are also tired of being photographed by Westerners as ‘exotic’ subjects and have grown to react aggressively towards anyone who wants to photograph them without permission.” 

    see the rest of this remarkable series of photographs here.

    (Source: , via curlymoroccan)


  4. lacigreen:


    What makes me so happy about this is that she isn’t telling you you must love your body or that you are obligated to. She saying you have permission to. And that’s important, because there are a lot of reasons why people have trouble with self-love.  But the idea that you aren’t supposed to love your body, that you aren’t allowed to for whatever reason, needs to be crushed. If you can’t love you body right now, if your body causes you pain or disphoria or distress, you aren’t required to love it. But you are ALLOWED to. You are entitled to the chance to make peace with your body, if you ever reach a point where you are ready to. No one else should be trying to stop you.

    beautifully said ^

    (Source: beyxnika, via feministjewishfangirl)


  5. thotayatollah:

    N.Y.C., Harlem, neighborhood ballet class, 1968. Photo by Eve Arnold.

    (via mack-la-more)


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  7. ilenetatro:

    Shana Tova and Chag Sameach! Happy 5775

    (via fuckyeahjewish)


  8. quitpretendingyourenormal:





    A+ gif usage

    laters suckeerrrsss

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  9. returnofthejudai:




    The Forward points out the obvious, but in case people don’t get it, if you are anti-Israel, anti-semitism is the last thing you should be engaging in. It creates more Zionists. How many times do I have to point this out before it sinks in? Jews don’t have to live with a goyische majority who will firebomb their synagogues, ban them from their stores, beat them in the streets and generally punish and murder them for being Jews. This shouldn’t be hard to understand, but evidently it is. 

    Anti-semites have horrible impulse control.

    The mindset is basically “Jews don’t deserve a home land”…. “but they also don’t deserve to live here.”

    That last response is so perfect I want to frame it.

    (via a-sefardita)


  10. ill-ary:

    'Meet the Generation of Incredible Native American Women Fighting to Preserve Their Culture' via Marie Claire

    (via curlymoroccan)