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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 23, 2017 0 Comments

The Middle Ground on Israel Went Missing

The American political sphere is more polarized than ever – and the discourse around Israel is no exception. The issue has recently become a popular talking point on both the far-left and the far-right, while centrists of both parties are pushed to the sidelines. While the far-left cries of a …

The Conspiracy - February 21, 2017 0 Comments

My Hillel Neglects Queer Jews

I came out to myself, and my wider community, during my sophomore year of college. Hillel was the first organization I was involved in on campus, and before I ever entered queer spaces, I came out at my Hillel. The reactions made me reflect on Hillel’s relationship with queer Jews and gave me with …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 16, 2017 0 Comments

Tu B’Shvat Thoughts: Bringing Mysticism Back

When Tu B’shvat comes around, I roll up my sleeves and prepare myself for the ritual tree planting, garden weeding, and litter collecting that has marked my Tu B’shvats of the past. My less observant, modern Jewish community taught me the holiday’s message of social justice in concrete terms: …

The Conspiracy - February 14, 2017 0 Comments

Why We Marched on Washington as Reform Jews

We attend university in Columbus, Ohio, but watching the anticipation for the Women’s March build in our nation’s capital, we knew that this was not a moment in history when we could stand aside and simply watch. Our generation of college students are going to come of age in this era of renewed …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 10, 2017 0 Comments

Jewish Schools, Stop the Statements on Policy

Although President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban has been halted by a federal court in Washington state, Jewish educational institutions shouldn’t be publicly sitting in judgment on issues that do not pertain to the Jewish community or Israel. At the expense of possibly furthering …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 9, 2017 0 Comments

Jews and the Muslim Ban – This Time, It’s Personal

When my great-grandfather left England around the turn of the century, in part due to anti-Semitism, his name was Harris Moses. By the time he set foot on U.S. soil, it had changed to the much more goyishe Julius Harris. Of course, he was not the only immigrant Jew to change his name to better his …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 8, 2017 0 Comments

This Jewish “Well-Behaved Woman” Marches

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” So read my sign, after several hours of dorm room crafting, not to mention the days of agonizing over what to write for the Women’s March on Washington. My roommate was the first to comment on the irony of my chosen slogan, pointing out that I’m …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 26, 2017 0 Comments

In Trump’s America, Open Campus Communities Matter More Than Ever

A few weeks before the election, the Wesleyan Jewish Community, a proud Open Hillel, gathered in our sukkah to discuss the meaning of Jewish values. Students from Cardinals for Israel, J Street U, and Jewish Voice for Peace talked about the complexities that led us to develop our particular beliefs …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 25, 2017 0 Comments

Media Still Misrepresents Jewish Students

Everyone has their morning rituals. I roll over, sleepily grab my phone, and look at my Google Alerts for “Jewish students,” which supplies me with all the day’s news featuring campus Jews. As the editor of New Voices and a nerdy recent grad, this is what one does before coffee. Here’s …

The Conspiracy - January 18, 2017 0 Comments

7 Semester Survival Tips for Jewish Freshmen

With the first semester of college behind us, many freshmen are wondering how it went by so quickly. The late-night pizzas, the cram sessions, and the crying sessions all melded together to create the whirlwind that is the first chapter of the “college experience.” Integrating yourself into the …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 16, 2017 0 Comments

This Professor Gets the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act All Wrong

In The Wall Street Journal a couple weeks ago, former Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse wrote about how we need to fight anti-Semitism through the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which requires the Department of Education to take the broad State Department definition of anti-Semitism into account when …

The Conspiracy - January 5, 2017 0 Comments

Can I Study God in Graduate School?

As the New Year passes, I am increasingly aware of the fact that I’ve graduated, and I don’t have a job just yet. Like many recent graduates, my biggest question is what path to take, as I consider a couple major choices on the horizon – in my case, graduate school vs. rabbinical …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 5, 2017 0 Comments

This Is a Safe Space – Unless You’re Conservative

People who disagree with me are not worthy of my attention or my respect. At least that’s the message my fellow progressives are sending conservative students on campus. Here’s how the argument goes: Because of my superior morals and politics, I made the correct choice at the ballot box this …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - January 4, 2017 0 Comments

“Shema Yisrael” – Listen to Syrian Voices

When trying to make sense of the suffering and violence taking place in Aleppo and Syria at large, I have recently turned to Jewish prayers to provide me with the necessary structure to process the tragedy and aid those who are suffering. I grew up unable to conceptualize how prayer could be a …

The Conspiracy - December 30, 2016 0 Comments

Is Giving Presents a Jewish Tradition?

Gift-giving on Chanukah is so popular a custom that we rarely stop to think about it. Why do we do it? Are we just copying Christmas, or is there some Jewish tradition present in the act of gift-giving? (No pun intended.) To find out how gift-giving became such a prominent aspect of Chanukah, we …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 29, 2016 0 Comments

What’s the Real Gift of Chanukah?

What are you getting for Chanukah this year? I don’t mean the gifts you’re anxiously awaiting in your mailbox, though gift giving on Chanukah is actually an ancient tradition. I mean, what really is the gift of Chanukah? Is it freedom? Is it independence? Is it survival? Is it the ability to …

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