Veronika AKA Nika

35 Years Old • Educator • Chicago

Shalom! (Peace!)

Since learning through genetic testing that I am a person of West Asian and North African (WANA) heritage, I have been writing a lot about my experiences as an adoptee who has started practicing Judaism.

Besides Jews and adoption the primary focuses of my blog are women; lesbian, gay, and bi folks; working class folks; and education. I write from the perspective of someone who is trans, who is disabled, who is a victim of abuse, and who is a radical leftist. On the very rare occasion that I blog about anything fandom-related it is usually about Once upon a Time, Elementary, or Nikita (Jaden and Alex are my one true pairing).

I am unabashedly opposed to both antisemitism and the State of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. If you think that this is somehow contradictory, you are probably not going to enjoy following my blog.

Although it is not necessary, I would love it if you introduced yourself if you decide to follow my blog. And if there is anything I can do to make Faithful Image more accessible to you, please let me know.

 

[Image: A color photograph in which a single yellow candle burns. Superimposed text reads, “In memory of the approximately six million Jews whose voices were silenced during the Holocaust there will be no new posts to this blog on Yom HaShoah.”]
Yom HaShoah is a day for remembering the approximately six million Jews—about one third of world Jewry—who were murdered during the Holocaust and the Jews who resisted to prevent more from dying. This year Yom HaShoah will be observed from sunset on Sunday April 27 to sunset on Monday April 28. During this time I and many others will be observing tzom shtikah, a fast of silence.*
If you are looking for resources to help you reflect on or learn more about the Shoah, you will find some of my recommendations below:
Yom HaShoah and the Holocaust:Yom HaShoah UKHolocaust HistoryThe Holocaust Just Got More Shocking
Antisemitism:#Antisemitismisnotdead#Antisemitism is not dead
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (emphasized here because one of the early proposals for the date of Yom HaShoah was on the anniversary of the uprising):Participants in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising“Reluctant Hero” of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising dies at 93 [in the past year]
*Observing a fast of silence for Yom HaShoah is neither a halakhic requirement nor a universal practice among non-observant Jews. Each individual must decide for themselves how to express the emotions they have surrounding the horror that was the Shoah.

[Image: A color photograph in which a single yellow candle burns. Superimposed text reads, “In memory of the approximately six million Jews whose voices were silenced during the Holocaust there will be no new posts to this blog on Yom HaShoah.”]

Yom HaShoah is a day for remembering the approximately six million Jews—about one third of world Jewry—who were murdered during the Holocaust and the Jews who resisted to prevent more from dying. This year Yom HaShoah will be observed from sunset on Sunday April 27 to sunset on Monday April 28. During this time I and many others will be observing tzom shtikah, a fast of silence.*

If you are looking for resources to help you reflect on or learn more about the Shoah, you will find some of my recommendations below:

Yom HaShoah and the Holocaust:
Yom HaShoah UK
Holocaust History
The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

Antisemitism:
#Antisemitismisnotdead
#Antisemitism is not dead

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (emphasized here because one of the early proposals for the date of Yom HaShoah was on the anniversary of the uprising):
Participants in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
“Reluctant Hero” of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising dies at 93 [in the past year]

*Observing a fast of silence for Yom HaShoah is neither a halakhic requirement nor a universal practice among non-observant Jews. Each individual must decide for themselves how to express the emotions they have surrounding the horror that was the Shoah.

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