Ok so I’ve been seeing a ton of those ‘we need more representation at hogwarts’ posts and I was like hell why not more Jewish representation at Hogwarts (and like everywhere else but that’s another story). No like imagine though
parents calling/or I guess writing the school to make sure that their kids get a kosher meal option and that there’s a good Jewish presence
having Friday night and Saturday morning and Holiday services in the room of requirement
bar and bat mitzvahs would be fuckin epic like imagine having your bar or bat mitzvah in the Great Hall like hot damn people would talk about that for centuries like what was your bar/bat mitzvah theme? oh just REAL LIFE WIZARDING MAGIC
on a more depressing note learning about how Voldemort tried to wipe out anyone who wasn’t pureblood brings up too many Holocaust parallels and is actually extremely upsetting to many students/ many of the Jewish kids teach their non-muggleborn friends about the Holocaust when they ask why they’re getting so distraught
but on a lighter note Hannukah at Hogwarts would be fuckin awesome. like Slytherin students charming their dreidels so they can win every time, Hufflepuffs making everyone homemade gifts and shit, EVERYONE fucking making latkes bc those rule, also the kitchen elves being like wtf is a latke and the students being like prepare to have your mind fuckin blown
giving the Jewish students the day off on Yom Kippur bc like how the frick are you supposed to function come on (that should apply to every school not just magical ones let’s be honest here)
accidentally saying spells in Hebrew because if you grew up learning Hebrew and English it’s gonna slip out when speaking another foreign language (happens to me all the time in Spanish)
getting howlers from concerned mothers who just want you to call back or write back because they love you and they want to make sure you’re warm and well fed (but they remind you that the cooking will never be as good as their own, and your mom is probably right, you miss her brisket and kugel) and if you’re dating anyone make sure it’s a nice jewish boy/girl!
religious kids arguing over what kind of magic is okay to use on Shabbat and holidays
religious kids getting kippot that match their respective houses
religious kids davening in their common rooms each morning
having a succah in the courtyard on Succot, but it does the bigger on the inside thing like the tents at the Quidditch world cup, so on the outside it looks pretty small and humble but you get inside and it’s like decked the fuck out and there’s candy from honeydukes everywhere and it’s just amazing
dressing up on Halloween and Purim and giving shalach manot to their friends and professors
WHY CANT YOU EAT BREAD FOR THE WHOLE WEEK? This question comes up whether you’re in the wizarding world or not let’s face it.
HOGWARTS SEDERS. The great hall decorated for the Seder. those long ass Hogwarts tables decorated with like ten Seder plates because they are so long. Students staying up way past their bedtime because it’s the Seder and that’s just what you do. all the kids who were at the Seder just wiped out in classes the next day.
Jewish wizards charming matzah into actually tasting decent (what a thought)
Jewish wizards inviting their non Jewish friends to Seders and Friday night dinners
Introducing friends to the magical bread that is Challah and kids being like ‘damn son I do magic all day every day but this is true magic’
Jewish wizard couples just because
Celebrating Israeli Independence Day at Hogwarts (that would be a dream come true holy moly) like cooking falafel and stuff with the kitchen elves that would be amazing
basically just send me to Hogwarts already
HOGWARTS SEDERS, THO.
I’m picturing plagues “coming to life” and temporarily running amuck. I’m picturing searches for afikomen that move on their own.
These are all really awesome, but could we add some things for us Orthodox Jews?
Class schedules being drawn up in a way that nothing falls on Shabbat for observant people. This is an extremely impressive feat, considering how many Jewish students there are and how diverse their interests seem to be every year. (“He just had to take Ancient Runes, didn’t he? What’s wrong with Divination, like the rest of his friends are doing?”)
Students being exemppt from classes on Chag, Chol Hamoed and Isru Chag, and there being a tutoring option for those who need help making up any material they missed.
The kitchen having kosher plates and cutlery, and the house elves see where the observant students sit and making sure they get the correct dishes even though it creates a lot of chaos in the first 5 minutes of every meal.
A First-year being unaware of it, and only using glass dishes for a week, until an older student tells her how it works.
Havdalah time being determined by looking at the Great Hall’s ceiling and loooking for 3 stars.
The Sefer Torah is magical and can scroll itself when Vezot Habracha is finished and it’s time to go back to Bereshit.
There being a mashgiach kashrut in the kitchens
Hagrid’s mom was a Jewish giantess, and as such, Hagrid is halachically Jewish. He performs all shchita for the school, and gladly lets students watch to make sure he’s doing it right.
House elves being offered freedom every 50 years, on the Yovel.
Herbology students wondering what to do on Shmita
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it got better
ok im gonna butt in
are sukkot that are charmed to be waterproof kosher???
mezuzot on the portraits: is it kosher if it’s literally inside the painting? “i mean i found a sofer from the 12th century, before the expulsion from York, in one of the portraits on the fifth floor; it seems such a shame not to put him to use”
kashering the kitchen for Pesach every year becoming a Muggle Studies observation opportunity, and being so much easier with charms to heat utensils instead of the whole performance with the red-hot rock and the iron pot
a “lumos” chanukiah
Gedaliah Gryffindor, Chana Hufflepuff, Rachel Ravenclaw, Shaul Slytherin (alternatively, Ari Gryffindor, Chana actually fits Hufflepuff p well I think, Binah Ravenclaw, Nachshon (though I was tempted by Adam - geddit? pureblood!) Slytherin. And genderbends! Chayala/Gila Gryffindor, Amnon/Chaim Hufflepuff, Shlomo/Rafael Ravenclaw, Shulamit/Ya’akov - the sneaky one?? idk - Slytherin)
If you vanish chametz, is it still in your possession?
the rebel minyanim
the bentching gomel after the Battle of Hogwarts
refusing to call Voldemort “he who must not be named”, because the only One who actually must not be named is HaShem
inventing derogatory names for Voldemort in Yiddish and Ladino for those students who still don’t want to use his name
the Battle of Hogwarts is in the Three Weeks, because of course it is
The panic when someone makes an Unbreakable Vow or is a Secret Keeper but then hatarat nedarim happens. “WHY DIDN’T YOU WARN US???? WE WOULD HAVE PICKED SOMEONE ELSE” "WELL NO-ONE THOUGHT TO TELL ME THAT HALACHA OVERRIDES THE LAWS OF MAGIC”
i headcanon that in seventh year the Jewish students got more and more oppressed and the frum ones forbidden to practice, because let’s be real of course they did, that’s what being a Jew means. Also, literalising the metaphor. and so can you imagine, tiny groups of jews gathered in the room of requirement, disused classrooms, walking around the grounds, and secretly learning. learning tshuvot “from the depths”, the responsa from the Shoah. and their teacher’s voice shakes - it’s just a sixth or seventh year, it’s not even a rabbi; the American fresh talent are told that Britain is no place for Jews right now - as they warn the students that this isn’t so theoretical anymore
and the Carrows have no idea what dreidels are, so they’re used as teaching aids and the Carrows are told it’s just a spinning game and are convinced that the students are utterly breaking down, and as they leave they hear a firstie letting out hysterical giggles (as the Carrows make the “crazy” hand sign - they’ve cracked!) because we know the dance. of course we do. we’re Jews.
As Harry is named by Voldemort, after the moment of numbness, they all desperately look at one another: according to the halacha of rodef, once Harry has been named it’s their duty to give him up to save the others’ lives.
so half feel like traitors to the Boy who Lived and the resistance, for the sake of their religion, and half feel like traitors to their Judaism for Harry. and they look at the dead. and their non-Jewish friends and relatives never really understand - yeah, it’s survivor’s guilt, we all have complexes - and every time, they have to swallow down, according to our Law, we bear responsibility for that before G-d. their blood is on our heads.
and the survivors are dead on their feet, covered in blood, exhausted and shaking. but they will not be moved. they sit shmira by the side of the dead, saying Tehillim, until they are buried.
and they add a kinnah on Tisha B’Av the next and every year for the destruction wrought by Tom Riddle, yimach shemo.
so hey fun fact for anyone who wants queer history trivia: the first disco in Seattle was opened in 1973 and was a gay bar called “shelly’s leg” and it was named after a dancer named shelly who lost her leg in a confetti cannon accident and used the insurance/lawsuit settlement money to open a gay disco.
a) This is such a fantastic story that I wouldn’t care if it were made up, except that
“You don’t owe your family affection if they are being abusive and treating you poorly. I know that it’s so difficult not to feel guilty for holding back that love. I know that there are people who will tell you that you should just grin and bear it because they’re family. People who will shame you for the way you feel. People who will try to convince you that wanting to take care of yourself in this way is selfish and unjustified. But the truth is that it’s not your responsibility to be kind or loving to people who have consistently hurt and mistreated you — especially when these people continue to disregard your feelings, ignore your boundaries, and refuse to take responsibility for their behavior. Just because the person hurting you is family doesn’t make them an exception.
Choosing not to be affectionate with family who have abused or mistreated you doesn’t make you a bad person. It isn’t selfish or disrespectful. It’s a form of self-care. It’s about you honoring your feelings and holding people accountable for their abuse. It’s about you standing up for yourself and your needs. It’s about you making your mental health a priority. So if getting distance from certain family members is what you need right now, or permanently, then you have every right to withhold your love and leave. You don’t have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of maintaining a relationship. And you don’t ever have to apologize for creating a safer space for yourself.”—Daniell Koepke (via chauvinistsushi)
First - they said that Darren Wilson was apprehending Mike Brown for a stolen candy bar
Second - they said that Darren Wilson was apprehending Mike Brown for a stolen pack of cigars. (Store owner and their lawyer confirmed he didn’t)
Third - They said that Darren Wilson was apprehending Mike Brown because he matched the description of a person that had committed a robbery. (It was confirmed by some Twitter sleuths that he looked nothing like the person and the robbery occurred an entire county away)
Fourth - They’re NOW saying that Mike Brown was resisting arrest by brutally beating Darren Wilson and the 10+ shots were made in self defense
KCTV reports Officer Marc Catron is one of hundreds of people who posted a photo that they believed to be Michael Brown. But the photo was actually of Oregon murder suspect Joda Cain.
Please boost the hell out of this! I keep seeing the aforementioned photo attached to Mike as “the most damning evidence against his character.” Don’t let racist assholes define his legacy. They’ve already taken his life. #staywoke
So what happens if two people who have promised their firstborn to separate witches have a child together? Do they both just pop up in the nursery and have a custody battle?
I need a book about a little girl whose parents had promised their firstborn to different witches and the only way that both ends of the deal were fulfilled was for them to have joint custody of the child.
I love it!
And then the witches, forced to share a cottage while raising their joint stolen child, fall in love…
also when I say I’m “legitimately curious” about what makes dudes think that girls have to dress to please them, I’m kind of lying. I already know that far too many boys think that their input on how a girl should look, no matter their relation, is always valuable and needed and that all girls dress to cater to men. liking seeing your partner in certain clothes or looking a certain way is totally fine, but shoving your every opinion on their appearance down their throat (esp negative ones) and literally policing and dictating what your girlfriend is allowed to wear based on your personal taste is not cool ever
If you’ve been keeping up with what the media is saying about Darren Wilson, you may have read this article that claims he suffered a blowout fracture: a fracture of one or more bones surrounding the eye. Here is a screencap from the article of “Darren Wilson’s” CT scan. Also known as “lol_bc_not_darren_wilson.jpg”
When the article later stated that “police sources” said 12 witnesses had taken Wilson’s side, I was incredible skeptical, obviously.
This article lists the side effects of an orbital blowout fracture. It also posts a video taken by Piaget Crenshaw, a woman who lives on the street where Mike Brown was killed. The video shows Darren Wilson standing around Mike’s body soon after his murder, showing no signs of pain; and you see the officer he’s reporting to acting like Wilson hasn’t been injured at all. That isn’t very likely for someone who would have visible signs of trauma.
The second article also shows “Darren’s” CT scan, and one that looks exactly like it, but: in the corner it says UNIV OF IOWA ETC-TC. Just to check up on this, I looked up the words “university of iowa blowout fracture” and set Google to where it would show posts from before this year, guess what.
On uiowa.edu, this CT scan was on a page made in 2008. [It’s about all kinds of eye trauma.] Here’s a screencap with the url in it so you can see what I’m talking about, if you don’t want to scroll through a page with graphic injuries.
I don’t know why they thought they could get away with this at all, oh my god. The article that says Darren Wilson was injured is a complete fallacy, and the police released this information to make Mike Brown seem like a “thug.”
(“There’s no more racism in America! We have a black President!”)
Now listen to me. If an article does not post credible sources (“two local St. Louis sources” does not count at all) or only goes off what the police is saying: double, triple, quadruple check it before you share the information, just to cause less hysteria for everyone trying to stay updated on these horrific events.
This week, officials, think tank groups, locals, and architects discussed New York’s water problem at the New York Water Conference. Here’s what every future New Yorker — and those who care about urban development and sustainability — should know about water.
The watershed spans over 1,900 square miles, and is divided into two reservoir systems — the Catskill/Delaware system, located west of the Hudson River, and the Croton system, which is east of the river. The Croton system was built before World War I and is made up of 10 reservoirs and three controlled lakes, and provides roughly ten percent of NYC’s drinking water. The Catskill system was completed in 1927, forty years prior to the Delaware system, which is currently being repaired at great cost to the city. Together, the system provides 90 percent of the city’s drinking water (map):
Combined with nine additional reservoirs, the system provides 1.4 billion gallons of water to 9 million people in NYC and other NY counties per day.
The city is surrounded by non-drinking water (don’t drink it, please). New York’s shoreline is 520 miles long, and remains one of the world’s largest port cities: roughly 30,000 people work in maritime industries.
New York City faces two major types of water threats, both of which are primarily caused by the effects of climate change.
The first is in the form of storm water, or rain.
About 70 percent of New York City’s sewer systems are combined: they collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage and industrial waste in the same pipe before transmitting the collected water to a treatment center. If and when the system overflows — as can happen during periods of heavy rainfall — waste is directed to nearby bodies of water.
The risk of Combined Sewer Overflow, or CSO, is prompting city officials to think seriously about a better sewer system — especially in light of the increased threat of severe storms increases. Architect Ate Atema thinks he can solve the problem of where waste ends up with something called Street Creeks, which would use biological treatment to clean the combined sewer water before it enters waterways, in this way protecting nearby bodies of water without overhauling the city’s sewer system.
Street Creeks look like mini canals running along sidewalks:
Courtesy of Atema Architecture PLLC
The project would be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, but could be too ambitious for the city, at least at this point. In the words of New York City Department of Environmental Protection official Emily Lloyd, “The timetable of our regulators to get things in place and improve water quality is sometimes in conflict with our desire to try innovative solutions.”
WHEN THE NEXT SANDY HITS
City officials will have to contend with protecting the city from extreme storms, which threaten the portions of the outer boroughs and Manhattan’s southern region. According to landscape architect Laura Starr, “Sandy created a new neighborhood in Manhattan called So-Po, South of Power.” Starr is a principal at Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, the firm which helped develop a preventative plan to protect lower Manhattan called The Big U. The plan, which won $335 million as the winning entry in HUD’s “Rebuild by Design” competition, envisions a number of berms which would support community parks and deployable walls to protect neighborhoods below 57th street. The idea, says Starr, is to “do a big infrastructure movement a la Robert Moses but adapting it a la Jane Jacobs.”
The Big U, Courtesy of Rebuild by Design
In addition to protecting built-up regions of the city, officials are tasked with convincing people who live in dangerous zones to abandon their homes.The Sandy buyout program has targeted neighborhoods in Staten Island that were severely affected by the storm.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR WATER?
It’s easy to forget that New York City is vulnerable to the whims of mother nature. Water is a precious and finite resource, and severe weather is a threat we must prepare for to avoid. We’ve succeeded in part because of our attention to natural resources — we rely largely on gravity to bring water from upstate, rather than energy-wasting pumps, and must continue to do so in order to survive.
It’s important to start thinking about working within the confines of the natural world, now.
Nicki Minaj is an excellent and dynamic rapper, lyrically and stylistically, she’s topped charts in a male dominated space, she started from the absolute bottom and knows how to hustle and work her image, I don’t care whether you care for her style of music or not but if you dismiss her as a trash artist I’m gonna heavily side eye you
do you ever get weirded out by the fact that everyone around you is constantly within their own mind and thinking a million secret thoughts and battling internal struggles just like you and that you’re not the only one who thinks these things and that the people around you aren’t just faces meant to fill up your life but they’re actually really deep people who have a lot more to them than you ever actually even think about
So you telling me that the U.S has completely cured the American doctor with Ebola in 26 days and he’s being released today. While Africa has been dealing with it since the 70’s and they are still looking for a cure?