anyways :) we are all still wearing masks in public correct
“I must continue to follow the path I take now. If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it - keep going, keep going come what may.”
— Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), in a letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh (1857-1891), dated July 1880, in “The Letters Of Van Gogh”, translated from the French and Dutch by Arnold Pomerans
the question ‘what’s your favorite color’ is so hard cause like. i go to the beach and look at the ocean so my favorite color is blue. it’s sunset and the sky is pink so my favorite color is pink. a pretty girl in a bright yellow dress walks past so my favorite color is yellow. i see a tree so my favorite color is green except it’s fall so my favorite color is orange. i see a pair of brown eyes so my favorite color is brown. i see the sky when it’s raining so my favorite color is gray.
thinkin abt how like,, ppl everywhere are connected to eachother in ways they dont know,,, like i could go pick blackberries down from the vancouver coast and a person all the way in sweden could be picking blueberries at the same time,,, we will never meet but in that moment were connected
The Jews of Ancient China —- The Kaifeng Jews
The destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in 70 AD would create a wave of Jewish diaspora as Jewish rebels were sold into slavery or exiled to locations all over the Roman Empire. However the spread of Jewish peoples would expand beyond the borders of the Roman world, as Jewish genes can be found all over Europe, Africa, and Asia. One far flung Jewish community can be found in China, one of the most extreme examples of Jewish immigration in the ancient world.
After the Jewish revolt against Rome many thousands of Jews headed east to enjoy the wealth and riches of the Silk Road to Asia. Jewish merchant communities sprang up all over Persia, Afghanistan, and Northern India. One Jewish group traveled as far as Henan Province (Eastern China) and settled in the cosmopolitan city of Kaifeng between 600 – 900 AD. By the year 1100 the Jews of Kaifeng had established a large and healthy community with a synagogue, communal kitchen, kosher slaughterhouse, ritual bath, and Sukkah (special building used to celebrate the festival of Sukkot). During the Ming Dynasty the Kaifeng Jews took Chinese surnames which corresponded with the meanings of their original Jewish names. One Kaifeng Jew, Zhao Yingcheng (Moshe Ben Abram) made his mark in Chinese history by being named the Director of the Ministry of Justice by the Emperor in the mid 1600’s. The religious traditions of the Kaifeng Jews remained the same through most of their history, corresponding exactly to the religious practices of Jews in the west. However, in the 1860’s the community would be uprooted due to the chaos caused by the Taiping Rebellion. The synagogue was destroyed and much of the ancient practices of the Kaifeng Jews were lost or forgotten. The war caused a mini-diaspora of Chinese Jews as they sought refuge all over China. After the war many Jews returned to Kaifeng to rebuild their community. Today the Kaifeng Jews still maintain a small community with a rebuilt synagogue. Today 1,000 Jews still maintain a prosperous community in Kaifeng.