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because a lot of people dont seem to get this:
- golems are from jewish folklore. dont treat them like a generic fantasy creature, thats appropriative
- kabbalah is a specifically jewish religious tradition. dont practice it if youre not jewish and dont use kabbalah symbolism as generic occult stuff, thats appropriative
- for the record if it has hebrew on it and it doesnt have anything to do with judaism its probably appropriative
- dont wear a magen david if youre not jewish, its used as a symbol for judaism so wearing it if youre a gentile is appropriative
- while im at it heres a rundown of some terms you should know
- goy: hebrew and yiddish for non-jewish person, it literally translates as “nation.” the plural form is goyim. goy is not a slur.
- gentile: english for non-jewish person
- anti-semitism: you probably know what this means but i just want to point out that the word anti-semitism was NOT coined by jews but by a german anti-semite who wanted a more scientific-sounding alternative to “judenhass,” which literally translates to “jew-hatred” so please shut up about how arabs are also semites. we know.
- if you’re not jewish you should also avoid using the word “jew” since many jewish people are uncomfortable with it (though i personally am fine with it). use “jewish person” instead if youre a gentile
please reblog this if you’re not jewish, i almost never see gentiles acknowledging cultural appropriation of judaism and anti-semitism on tumblr, even among people who otherwise pay close attention to such issues
isn’t this kind of like saying that talking about dragons is appropriating chinese culture or the new testament? as far as I know most people acknowledge the golem’s relation to judaism but there shouldn’t be anything wrong with adapting the idea to other things. people don’t take Noah’s Ark out of the Bible because it appropriates / was influenced by other flood myths. based on my quick research on kabbalah, it’s evolved over time and is more of a thought process that takes ideas from early Judaism but has influenced other belief systems. basically what I’m saying is once an idea is out in the world you can’t really control it.
Hebrew is a language and although Hebrew and Judaism are not mutually exclusive, you can certainly use Hebrew in a secular or non-religious context (see: Israeli McDonald’s menu). No one should be barred from learning or using other languages unless they’re using it in a way to deliberately insult or attack Judaism. Same with wearing a star of David.
I understand people are worried about appropriation and others belittling their culture, but there is a limit on exactly what kind of restrictions should be encouraged. Can gentiles not celebrate Passover? Can Jews not celebrate Christmas? Even if someone doesn’t see the same significance in a star of David or kabbalah or golems as you do, you can’t really stop them from using them without evidence of anti-semitism. oh and as for using the word Jew, I think always sunny summed it up about right (see season 2 episode 2).