My Favorite Movie

1. What is your favorite movie?

There are so many different options to pick from, but I would have to go with the movie “Pure”, which is a Hulu original.

2. Why do you like the movie so much?

I love this movie because it shows teenage girls being affected by misogyny and how they choose to respond. It grasps the topic of female sexuality and power and mixes it into a horror-like film. By the end of the movie, you will be able to connect with the characters and feel their emotions.

3. When you are watching the movie, how do you feel?

I feel scared, powerful, sad, ambitious.

4. What would be an example of the literary aspects of this film?

The ring that a character was given by their father. The ring symbolizes control that men have over the female body and mind.

Another aspect is the keys that the fathers wear as a necklace. This also shows control of women, but it also represents how women have to be “perfect”, they can’t express themselves in ways that are rebellious or unheard of.

Another aspect is how one character is able to summon Lilith, a representation of female sexuality and power. This one character sees Lilith everywhere after the summoning ritual, and only at the end of the film, we learn why she was able to summon Lilith and no one else.

Israel Story

Short: “Achoti”

This podcast is about two siblings, one who is more secular, one who is more orthodox. The more orthodox sibling is asked different questions. One question and answer that stuck out to me was about accepting her children if they decided to change their lifestyle. It stuck out to me because, even though the woman was very orthodox, she said that she would still accept her children if they did not agree with her views.

I chose this podcast because it was called “Achoti”, who can be translated to “sister” in English. The title reminded me of the fact that I am also a sister, and I wanted to hear someone else’s view as a sibling.

Who am I as an Avatar

My avatar would be me as a superhero. I would want to make it a superhero because I’ve always been a fan of the different characters in comic books who help save people’s lives. My avatar would have telekinesis because you would be able to move things with your mind; you could make yourself fly!

 

Project Soapbox

My Soapbox speech topic I am interested in is the patriarchal society we live in, how it is expressed, it’s effects, and why it’s bad and needs to change.

I am really interested in this topic because I, myself, have been affected by these sexist, misogynistic, controlling rules placed upon all women in society: The pressure to look a certain way, the shaming of rape victims, unfair and disgusting dress codes, women not being able to access reproductive healthcare, the list goes on.

I could really use some help with not writing a 200-page novel and limiting it two a 2-minute speech.

Dear President Roosevelt

Dear President Roosevelt,

To say that I am disappointed would be the understatement of the Millenium. I am angered, upset, shocked and hurt by how you and your cabinet “turned away” a ship full of innocent people, seeking asylum and protection, and why? These people need our assistance! As a Jew myself, I feel extremely aggravated and personally attacked by this act of ignorance. In the Torah, specifically Va’yarah, a chapter in Breishit, Avraham invited three strangers into his home, knowing that they must be hungry and thirsty. Based on this act, Jews everywhere live by a law, commanding us to let those in need into our home. Why can you not return the favor? A leader is supposed to help those in need and set an example. Is this a good example of what a leader does?

I am part of an organization that will fund transportation to our country and will find homes where these innocent refugees can stay.  We still hope that you will reconsider your decision. Thousands of people are counting on you.

Sincerely,

Sophia L-G

Interview Reflection

1. Who did you interview? My dad
2. What is one new thing you learned from this process? I did not know that my dad came to Wisconsin because of job opportunities.
3. Is there anything that surprised you about your interview? I didn’t realize that my dad had gone to Israel so much, and continued to not understand it because of it’s amazing and intriguing personality.
4. Did your interview(s) change you in any way? How so? I got to see my dad talk about himself in the same way that we are talking about ourselves in Jewish Studies.

The Nuremberg Laws

1. How would you summarize the purpose of the Nuremberg Laws?

To marginalize those who are not German and to separate them into a different group in order to keep the “pure Germans”.

2. How did the laws you read and discussed contribute to creating the type of “national community” that the Nazis desired?

They pushed the minorities that they did not want to the edges of society, which made sure that there would be no mixing of different bloods.

3. How might these laws have influenced the attitudes and actions of the German people? How might their lives and beliefs have changed as a result of this law?

People would start to question themselves, wonder if they were actually citizens of society, people would start to think they were better than others, causing fights to break out and lots of violence.

How Hitler Marginalized Minorities

Being marginalized mean being pushed to the edge or pushed out of people’s universe of obligation.

Jews were marginalized because they were used as a scapegoat for all of Germany’s problems. Everyone was either against them or they were too afraid to stand up the Nazis, who were practically eliminating anyone and everyone who dared defy them. They used fear and intimidation to keep control of the people. They would parade through towns shouting antisemitic things, they stormed Berlin, arresting Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, they would shut down Jewish-owned stores, and they would break into Jewish homes and beat people up. No news channels inside Germany would talk about these issues, but the countries around Germany were reporting about the situations. In order to boycott Germany’s violence and fascism, the other countries stopped buying German products. Although those countries thought it was the right thing to do, Hitler used this as another excuse to oppress the Jews. He told the German people that the Jews were the reason other countries stopped buying their products, causing people to not like Jews and the Jews living in Germany to be marginalized.

Gay Men were marginalized because of rule number 175 in the Wiemer constitution, which states that “any act of homosexuality, including holding hands with the same gender, is illegal”. This law became more aggressive when Hitler came into power and sent Nazis to search for gay men. If a man was assumed to be gay, he and his house would be searched, and he and everyone that he had a relationship with would be questioned. This caused much fear and anxiety, as well as many people to question their trust in neighbors, for fear that they would be accused of homosexuality and then be arrested. People soon began to marginalize gay men, because they did not want to be associated with them and be scared of homosexuality accusations. Although these laws and accusations did not apply much to lesbians because gay women were still fertile, allowing men to force themselves upon them and make them pregnant.

Tefillah Electives Reflection

I really enjoyed this elective because we got to take prayers that we knew and loved, also known as Keva, and turn them into something modern and fun, Kavana. My group and I took a prayer from the Amidah, Called ‘Hear Our Prayer’, and put it to the tune of the song ‘Lava’ by Disney. I had so much fun throughout this process and I learned how to make prayers even more fun.

The Wave Reflection

I had a heart experience because the movie made me feel scared and shocked. It shocked me how these students could be so “gullible” and follow what one person says.

 

The Wave is a movie based on an actual experiment. It is about how one teacher shaped an experiment to teach his students about how Hitler convinced people to follow him.