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The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - April 17, 2014 1 Comment

Ghosts of Passovers Past

Yom Tovs aren’t days we traditionally think about death. They’ve always been, at least in my understanding, about life, and the preservation of life, celebrations of survival despite all the odds … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - April 14, 2014 0 Comments

Stopping Orthodox Erasure

Dear Jew in the City:   I understand what you’re trying to do on BuzzFeed with your articles about trying to normalize Orthodox Judaism. You are trying to show that, no, those of us who … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - April 10, 2014 1 Comment

Time is Chopped Liver

Passovers during my high school years were games of “What-will-Dani-bring-to-school-for-lunch-today”?  Hosting Seders at my house almost every year meant that we always had an insurmountable … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - April 7, 2014 2 Comments

Heresy! (?)

Heresy warning: I’m not sure I believe in God. Or, at the very least, if I believe in God, I do not believe in God as He Who Dwells on a Throne and Smites You When You Sin, as I was taught as a … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - April 3, 2014 0 Comments

My Shabbat Dinner with Muslims

My grandmother tells this story about how a relative of hers who lived in Israel asked her, quite intensely, whether she was an American or a Jew. She didn’t know what to say; why couldn’t she be … Keep Reading >>

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - April 2, 2014 1 Comment

A Jewish Daughter Reads ‘The Jewish Daughter Diaries’

I must have told my mother one too many times that she embodies the Jewish Mother stereotype. (She really does, by the way.  Ask, as one example, the ten cast and crew members of a show I worked on … Keep Reading >>

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - April 1, 2014 0 Comments

The Black and White Necessity for Grey Zone Judaism

This academic year I am a part of the Peoplehood Project: a UJA sponsored program that brings together students from Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Oranim College in northern Israel, and ZWST, a German … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 31, 2014 2 Comments

Toward a Queerer, Jewier Tomorrow

When I was in high school, I had this fantasy where I told myself that I would come out of the closet as soon as I got that one text from a friend asking if they could tell me something, and then they … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 26, 2014 0 Comments

Coming of Age as South Dakota’s Token Jew

Two calls, a text, and three Facebook messages, all in less than a week.  That was how I learned about B’rith Shalom, South Dakota’s first Jewish student culture club at South Dakota State … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 26, 2014 13 Comments

Questioning the Role of Zionism in Jewish Identity

I don’t remember much about my brief stint on the high school crew team, probably because it only lasted one spring season when I was fourteen. Most of what I do remember is meaningless—and not … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 25, 2014 0 Comments

Why the Jewish College Student Survey Matters to You

For all its hype, the Pew report missed a lot of college-aged Jews, and therefore might have missed a lot about us. Two professors from Trinity College in Connecticut, Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 24, 2014 0 Comments

Dear Jay Michaelson: We Can’t Afford To Leave Hillel

In his recent article in the Forward, Jay Michaelson argues that students who feel marginalized by the increasing tendency of right-leaning major Jewish organizations to air only those views which toe … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 20, 2014 5 Comments

Anorexia and Shabbat Pt. 2

…Continued from Anorexia and Shabbat  My first Friday out of my first intensive treatment session for anorexia.  I’m supposed to be excited to see my friends, relax, and enjoy the free … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 17, 2014 5 Comments

Challenging “The J Street Challenge” (or, Why I Didn’t Go To AIPAC This Year)

I am an American. I am neither an Israeli, nor am I a Palestinian. However, I am a Jew, and a pro-Israel American, who lives in a country which has strong, positive relations with Israel. As a … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 14, 2014 1 Comment

Anorexia and Shabbat

Third grade lunch at Solomon Schechter Jewish Day School. All my friends are sitting around eating Cheetos and sharing sandwiches. Me, I’m staring at the clock waiting for the little and the big … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 12, 2014 4 Comments

Should I Care About Israel Just Because Non-Jews Think I Must?

I am proud of being Jewish, and the people I live with know this.  Though it’s not Halachally required, my dorm room’s door frame sports a mezuzah (which is kosher, according to Chabad.com—I … Keep Reading >>

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