My cat has a bunch of beanie babies that she likes to play with. If I throw one at her, she’ll try to catch it and then wait for another one to be thrown. Basically, it’s like playing one-sided catch with her. Well, I just threw a beanie baby that reminds me of the Babybel cow, and it hit her right in the face. I honestly don’t know whether to feel bad or to just laugh. In the moment I did laugh, but now I kinda feel sorry for her. She has a hard head though, so I’m sure she’s fine.
This has been an unnecessarily long post about a cat getting hit in the face with a cow, brought to you by Jupior.
but a cow
She just walked up and bit the crap outta me. I think she’s upset.
As it is the Sabbath, I thought it a good time to do some reading on what it means to be an Orthodox Jew and a Queer Orthodox Jew. I found an article written by a Gay Orthodox Rabbi. I wanted to pull quotes from it for you but the entire article is SO good that you simply must read it all. Here is just one paragraph:
At yeshiva I realized, to my great alarm, that I was attracted to another student named Yossi, and I didn’t know what to do about it. Instead of going to the rabbi of the yeshiva I chose to consult with the great rabbinical sage of the generation, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, leader of the Lithuanian sect, who lived in one of the most insular communities in Jerusalem [Elyashiv died last year at age 102]. I sat down across from him and I said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbi, I’m attracted to men and women both. What should I do?’ Rabbi Elyashiv answered, ‘Dear one, my friend, you have a dual power of love. Use it carefully.’ I was stunned. ‘That’s all?’ I asked, and he smiled and said, ‘There’s nothing more to say.’
One thing I want to say first though, is you need to accept yourself. When you read the whole article, you will see that the Rabbi had to struggle in the same way. When he became comfortable with his sexuality AND his religion, loving another man AND loving G-D, he became able to to enter the synagogue with confidence in himself. The Torah is an ancient text written in its time for its time. The Rabbi explains how he interprets it here:
“For a religious person, the text is eternal and living, and is not subject to just one interpretation. ‘The Torah has 70 faces,’ goes the saying. The text is still binding and I feel the words of God calling to me. But I hear them in a different way because I live in a different time. It’s impossible to understand the text while ignoring the people in the street. They must be heard, and if the rabbis won’t listen to the stories that each one of us carries, they will have difficulty understanding the text. The process of change has begun. The rabbis have stopped responding aggressively toward gays. Our strategy is to enter into the halakhic discourse, and this is what I did in the book.”
So first - love and accept yourself. For real. Then you can have confidence that G-d created all of us in all of our varieties- and THAT IS GOOD.
Here is a link to his book Wrestling with G-d and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition
WARNING: as with ANY controversial topic, DON’T read the comments. Virtually any article about LGBTQ+/GSM people will have vile comments. Best to read the article and ignore the haters.
I hope this helps.
"…dual power of love."
I really love the way that sounds.
These guys just might be my favorite part about Windwaker. They’re just sooo cute! And the back story is just a tad bit creepy. Which is for sure Windwaker’s theme.
Sadly, I’m stuck playing the Gamecube version. Happily, the graphics somehow held up really well for a 10 year old game.
On a side note, this was done in Mischief.
Lovely art by the great and powerful Sara.
I’m going to shamelessly promote, damn it!
Also she’s like mybestfriendso
"Sayaka didn’t JUST want to heal Kyousuke’s arm, she wanted him to LOVE her for it. Homura didn’t JUST want to redo time, she wanted to SAVE Madoka. Mami didn’t JUST want to be saved, she wanted to have FRIENDS and a FAMILY. Kyoko didn’t JUST want her dad to have his followers back, she wanted her family to be HAPPY.
You see, because they weren’t clear or honest about their wishes, they didn’t get what they truly wanted, and in the end, that is what caused their misery”
this anime is fucked up
this anime fucked me up
This anime fucked EVERYONE up.
Lesson learned: Be honest.
I haven’t even beaten the game yet