“A very old man came in to my Starbucks. Halfway through struggling to understand his order through his thick accent, he noticed my necklace. He stopped and said “Your star is beautiful.”, and I thanked him. There was a long pause before he spoke again. When he did, he said “It is beautiful, but I am having a hard time looking at it. The last time I wore one, it was mandatory.”
We then spoke to each other in Hebrew for a bit. But soon enough he stopped again, and looked back to my star. With one hand he held mine, and used his other hand to shakily touch the sapphires on my necklace. His lip shook, and tears rolled down his cheeks. In a shaky, heavily German-accented whisper, he said “I am so happy you are here. Your generation is here. We won.” and kissed my hand.✡”

From Humans of Judaism

@recoverandheal ❤️

Oh My god My heart gave out. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful and sweet all at once. It just makes Me so happy thinking about how much brighter his day must have been after seeing you.

~Miss Jessica


Convert Resources: Jewish Study Time!



I spend most of my life doing e-research anyways so here goes. This is for other converts who are like “????” but also hey, applies to anyone already Jewish too. Enjoy. This following list proves enough resources to obtain a free siddur, haggadah, the whole Torah (with commentary), free ways to learn hebrew, and no money spent to learn history, theology, or philosophy. Learning comes free of charge. 🙂 

*cracks knuckles* 

Where REF is Reform, C is Conservative, O is Orthodox, and REC is Reconstructionist. * Is a news source, and + is a practice/text/prayer resource. 


University/Academic databases and Research Guides (some limited access):

Podcasts, Itunes U, and MOOC:

For long commutes and drives!

Learning Hebrew (not from Hebrew 4 Christians): 

Most recommended starter books: 

First: GO TO A LIBRARY!!!!! LIBRARY BOOKS ARE FREE, ISN’T THAT GLORIOUS? Then if you’ve asked the public library and they neither have anything on the shelf nor can they borrow a book from another branch for you, ask a Rabbi. Then: Check for cheap copies! 

  • JPS Annotated Study Bible (Tanakh in English) 
  • Living Judaism – Rabbi Wayne Dosick
  • Essential Judaism
  • Jewish Literacy – Rabbi Telushkin
  • The Jewish Book of Why?
  • Jewish Living – Washofsky [REF]
  • Aleph Bet isn’t Tough! 
  • Jews, God, and History
  • Choosing a Jewish Life – Diamant
  • CoffeeShop Rabbi’s Basic Books List

What are some good Jewish Book lists or print magazines (or ebooks)?:

Wait, I want a siddur (prayerbook):

Go to Open Siddur for free siddurim. The following are also popular purchases or PDFs free online:

But where do I buy….(a Mezuzah, a havdalah set, lots of gelt….etc)?:

ok i’m exhausted. This is what I’ve got for now! 

We’ve had a few messages asking us for the post of conversion resources, and I’m 99.9% sure it’s the above from @keshetchai!




I’m too lazy right now to search for a source but is this true?

Yep. The Nokmim. This was Abba Kovner’s group. He’s the skinny hatless guy in the back row of the photograph who looks like he’s a concert violinist or something.

there’s a book about them.

Hey so now we’re paying attention to Captain America


I’d like to draw more attention to antisemitism that affects real Jewish people, because honestly? I have not seen as much outrage over the lives of actual people than I have over a fictional white gentile. So I’ve compiled a list of posts and blogs for my fellow gentiles to read.

Here is a post discussing why tumblr’s social justice community often forgets or dismisses antisemitism

Here is a post about antisemitic microaggressions

Here is a post detailing recent antisemitism in Europe

Here is a post regarding the girl who took selfies at an anti-Muslim protest, and her antisemitism

Here is a post about Jewish coded characters and using Jewish history (among others) for tragedy points

And here are some Jumblr blogs I highly recommend reading and following:

Return of the Judai

Jewish Privilege

Little Goy Things

Tikkun Olam or GTFO

Antisemitism EU

Ace Jews

Exposing Antisemitism

B’Nei Ruth

And some more blogs for learning:

My Jewish Learning



Please support Jewish people, not just on Tumblr, but in real life. Please educate yourself on antisemitism so you can fight it, not just when it affects your fictional faves but when it affects real people.






I’d been meaning to make a rec list for a while, but now I’m finally getting around to it! I’ve read or started to read most of the books on this list, and I own 95% of them. If I haven’t read it, but someone has recommended it to me, I’ve included it. I know that there are books
I’ve read or have been meaning to read that aren’t on here because my memory is
shit and I never write anything down. Titles link to Goodreads.

An asterisk (*) indicates a book I haven’t read yet. A pound sign (#) indicates a book I haven’t read yet, but which others have recommended. A tilde (~) indicates a book I’m in the process of reading and would recommend up to the current point (aka “I don’t know if this book has a terrible second half, but so far it’s good”). Italics indicate a personal favorite.




Feel free to add others! 

Tagging shiraglassman and newlyjewly​,
re: the “books” ask.

Naomi Alderman’s Disobedience is really excellent. 

Adding Nice Jewish Girls

Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism, ed. Danya Ruttenberg
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, Ari Shavit
Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation, Michael Lerner

Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon
The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, ed. Danya Ruttenberg
Megillat Esther (graphic adaptation), J. T. Waldman
Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East, Joann Sfar

yesssss i have been dying for a list like this. also michael chabon’s the yiddish policemen’s union is not on this list but is in my tbr pile, and i’m pretty excited about it.

I have to add:

Five Books Of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah by Ellen Frankel

and I definitely need to look into a bunch of the books on this list.  *_*