Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul
When they said REPENT REPENT
I wonder what they meant
There are certain words native to the Jewish tongue ubiquitously. Shabbat. Shalom. Shoah.
Last Sunday, I trekked to the Park Juan Carlos I, an hour-long metro ride outside of Madrid located off of the same metro line I have taken almost weekly to the airport. Staring into my reflection across from me in the window filled with blackness from the underground, my mind wandered back in time to my recent trip to Germany, Ukraine, and Poland.
International Women's day is about highlighting the issues that still plague us, whether they be discrimination, violence or ingrained attitudes that are so hard to change. There's a reason that International Women's day always falls out so close to Purim. Well, it's lucky at the very least.
“More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.”
These are the words written by one of the greatest early Zionist leaders, Asher Ginsberg, known better by his pen name - Ahad Ha’am. He wrote this at a very different time for the Jewish people, compared to today, when our ancestors in Europe clung to their traditions and mitzvot to keep them unified in a world filled with persecution and turmoil. To the diverse group of Jewish UCT students that attended the trip to Israel it seems, that in 2016, a new paradigm has emerged. As we walked past Ahad Ha’ams towering grave in the historic Trumpeldor cemetery in central Tel Aviv you can’t help but think that today we are privileged to not only have Shabbat as a unifying factor for the Jewish people but also to say that 70 years after the creation of the State more than the Jews now keep Israel, it is Israel that is keeping the Jews.
THE ON-GOING ABANDONMENT OF JEWISH STUDENTS
A student activist’s lament: when will the community realize that we are the answer?
YOSEF I. ABRAMOWITZ
This post was originally published on www.peoplehood.org and has been republished here with the permission of the author, Yosef, who served as WUJS Chair 1987-1989
This post was originally published on Yediot: The Bnei Akiva UK Blog and has been republished here with the permission of the author.
For those of you who aren’t in as many ortho-fem facebook groups as me, and maybe haven’t seen what has happened this week, the RCA (the main accreditation body for Modern Orthodox Rabbis in North America, and a body that has strong links with Yeshiva University) issued a statement reiterating their opposition to women becoming members of the ‘Orthodox Rabbinate’.
Now I don’t mean to get too biblical, but it’s been said that the Egyptians didn’t really like the Jews because we were different. We dressed differently; we ate differently, and argued a bit too much. And, eventually, they enslaved us because of it. Yet this problem has continued throughout our history: we are seen as different, inferior, morally wrong or just a bit irritating. And this perception, sometimes true, often false and manipulated, has had murderous and genocidal repercussions.
Earlier this week we published this piece on intermarriage by senior AUJS activist, Ashleigh Werner. At WUJS we recognise that there are a plurality of views on Judaism and one of the roles of the student blogs section of our website is to provide a platform for diverse voices within our community to share their thoughts, musings and big ideas. The piece following is a response to Ashleigh's article by a committee member of Glasgow Jewish Society, Marcell Horvarth.
My life is plagued by questions... What are you doing? Who are you with? When will you be back? When are you going to finish your uni work? When are you going to be training? What are you eating? When am I seeing you? (From my mother as I just moved out of home)
On Monday 27th July 2015, the South African Union of Jewish Students (SAUJS) held their first ever gala dinner in Johannesburg, with the aim of engaging their many alumni. The evening was a great success with many current and past activists in attendance. Since our earliest incarnation as the “Jewish Student Association” 102 years ago, SAUJS has been working tirelessly to support all Jewish South African university students.
Check out amazing blogs and op-eds here by Jewish student leaders from all over the world.