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The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - February 23, 2018 0 Comments

Trump’s SNAP Proposal Isn’t True Tzedakah

This week, the Trump administration proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including a plan that half of recipients benefits come in the form of a harvest box  in the place of food stamps. The box would contain foods preselected for their economic benefit to U.S. …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 15, 2018 0 Comments

On Friday, We Wear Teal to Hillel for Survivors

Statistics show that one in five women on American college campuses will be the victim of sexual assault. That’s why I work every day to educate my campus on Title IX issues, as a student at Pace University and the executive director of PaceUEndRape. Having watched my friends experience …

The Conspiracy - February 12, 2018 0 Comments

Merging My Judaism and Disability Advocacy

I’ve met member of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), networked with RespectAbilityUSA president Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and practiced my ASL with program director of Gallaudet University Hillel Jacob Salem, the first-ever Hillel director who is Deaf. One year …

The Conspiracy - January 30, 2018 0 Comments

Discovering My Judaism in Bowling Green, Kentucky

I hail from the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is a river city built on the banks of the Ohio river. That river is the only thing that separates the metropolis from being swallowed by the cultural mass of the Rust Belt, which begins with expanses of southern Indiana. As such, Louisville …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 11, 2018 0 Comments

Jews, You Don’t Have To Be White To Be White™

Originally published in Scribe. “You don’t need to be white to be White™.” So said the comment on a contentious Facebook post in Columbia University’s premier meme sharing platform, columbia buy sell memes. The comment was in reference was to a ‘starter pack’ meme that ridiculed the …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 10, 2018 0 Comments

Labels Are for Food, Not Jews

Originally published in Ha’am. There are a surprising number of labels that a Jewish person can use to describe their Jewish identity. It can range anywhere from the typical “Orthodox,” “Conservative,” and “Reform” denominations, to “Jewish Science” observances. The practice …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 9, 2018 0 Comments

Liberal Jews Need a New Attitude Toward Orthodoxy

On Dec. 3, 2017, an unspeakable act occurred in Jerusalem. Yonatan Razel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish musician, saw that women at his concert wanted to dance. Faced with the conflict between these women’s wants and the laws of modesty (which state that men shouldn’t look at dancing women), he took …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 21, 2017 0 Comments

Today’s Campus Culture Deepens Political Divides

As my cursor hovers over the “submit” button at the bottom of my graduate school applications, I stop to consider the environment I am going to inhabit at the cost of countless dollars and hours. I am understandably wary. In the time it took to raise me to the age of 18 with aspirations of …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 19, 2017 0 Comments

Diaspora Jews Shouldn’t Give up on Zionism

After Jewish summer camp, USY, and a Talmud Torah education, my friend told me he was disillusioned with Zionism. “I’ve always found the idea of Diaspora to be super meaningful,” he said. “The majority of Judaism is based on Diasporic tradition and the allegory of Diaspora. Modern Zionism …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 18, 2017 2 Comments

Cyber Bullies Made Life Lonely on the Jewish Left

“Oh Allah, liberate the Al Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews… Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one.” In July, Imam Ammar Shahin said these words in a sermon to his congregation at the Islamic Center of Davis. The sermon was delivered shortly after …

The Conspiracy - December 15, 2017 0 Comments

Why Bother With Philosophy?

With the fall Jewish holiday season in the rearview mirror, I can’t help but miss the megillah we read annually on Sukkot and the epitome of philosophy, Kohelet, before it completely disappears beyond the horizon. For those of you that haven’t read it, Kohelet addresses big questions like does …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 14, 2017 1 Comment

What Hanukkah Teaches Us About Scarcity

In Houston, Texas, Laverne Cox looked out on an auditorium of eager listeners at the 2014 National Conference on LGBTQ Equality. In her keynote speech, she made a statement that stood out to me. “The scarcity model is a myth,” she said. Cox was talking specifically about trans women of color …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 5, 2017 0 Comments

Zioness and the Tagalong Left

In recent years, especially since the 2014 Gaza War, American Jewry has seen the slow revival of its once-great political Left. The emergence of groups like IfNotNow and Open Hillel, along with the increasing reach of J Street and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, has brought about a kind of …

The Conspiracy - November 30, 2017 0 Comments

The Forgotten Jewishness of Superman

Originally published in Ha’am. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No… it’s bubkes. As one of the (evidently) few who flocked to theaters to watch the new “Justice League” movie — shout out if you’re one of us — I couldn’t help but view it as a mildly enjoyable bundle of missed …

The Conspiracy - November 16, 2017 0 Comments

My Pluralistic Agenda

Over the course of my time at New Voices, I’ve been called a lot of things in comment sections, tweets, and emails from dubious Hotmail accounts. I’ve been called a radical leftist, a right-wing apologist, a snowflake, a “silly little girl who should listen to her mama.” (My mama is a …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 14, 2017 0 Comments

It’s No Surprise Birthright Silenced Israeli Arabs

I grew up hungry for Jewishness. As a young American Jew eager to explore my family’s culture, I tried countless times to find a rabbi or a Hillel staffer who could connect me to our rich history. Everyone gave me the same answer: go on Birthright. Early in college, I considered it. I felt no …

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