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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 6, 2016 0 Comments

Secretary of State Candidate John Bolton Won’t Bend on Israel Policy

Let’s play a game of “Who Said It? Secretary of State John Kerry or Secretary of State Candidate John Bolton?” (The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence last Thursday and met with President-elect Donald Trump last Friday.) On the One vs. Two-State Solution: Quote #1: “The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - November 30, 2016 0 Comments

“What Are You Going to Do With a History Major?”

Originally published in The Commentator, the official student newspaper of Yeshiva University. As a history major, I’m often asked, “What are you going to do with that?” This question reflects a dismissive attitude toward the study of history. Although such a view is understandable – as scholar Peter Stearns points out, “Historians do not perform heart transplants, improve highway … Keep Reading >>

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 28, 2016 0 Comments

Protest as an Act of Prayer

My feet are aching, but I keep walking. I’m stopping 4 a.m. traffic, clogging Pittsburgh’s throughways as I march through the streets, screaming, “Trump is not my president.” My toes start to blister as I hear the sound of 2,000 feet stomping with me. It’s been days since that “me” became a “we” – since we rushed into the streets when Trump became president, because we felt … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 24, 2016 0 Comments

In Defense of Challaween and Fall Holiday Fusions

With Thanksgiving here and Halloween behind us, ‘tis the season to discuss the role of secular holidays in our Jewish lives on campus. Hillels across the country work to keep college students engaged in Jewish programming and within a Jewish community while they are away from home. They are continuously battling increasing secularism, and in the month of October, Hillels across the country held … Keep Reading >>

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 23, 2016 0 Comments

Is the Other Side as Stupid as You Think?

Original version published on whoknowsoneblog.wordpress.com. With our country divided, and the finger pointing showing no sign of decreasing, we need to step back and wonder, what led to this national split? The answer goes beyond this election and ultimately lies deeply rooted in social psychology. It is antithetical to any sort of intellectual or constructive conversation to begin with the … Keep Reading >>

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 14, 2016 0 Comments

We Can Fight Our Fear of Trump’s America

Original version published on the blog “floating, falling, flying.”  The election of a United States president should not be met with fear. I am in Tacoma, Washington, where the sky is usually cloudy, gray, and dripping with rain. Today, though, the clear blue sky seems to be taunting me. “Look how much better things are up here,” it seems to brag. No clouds, lots of … Keep Reading >>

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 11, 2016 0 Comments

Our Institutions Will Survive Trump

I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf. But I do worry about the people that voted for him. Last week on “Real Time” with Bill Maher – a primary news and politics outlet for a huge number of my peers – David Frum of The Atlantic made a plea to all those millennials who “get their news on Facebook.” He implored Americans, especially us disenfranchised young … Keep Reading >>

Election 2016, The Conspiracy - November 10, 2016 0 Comments

Will Trump’s Presidency Help Israel?

In an election between two of the most unpopular candidates in U.S. electoral history, real estate and media mogul Donald Trump accomplished the unthinkable – winning the presidency. His transition from the Trump Organization to political business in the Oval Office will entail a lot of challenges domestically and abroad. His domestic challenges will include handling entitlement reform, … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 8, 2016 0 Comments

Is Voting a Mitzvah?

Millennials, we get a bad rap for a lot of things – many of them undeserved. We know the stereotypes: We’re self-obsessed, we’ve ruined the English language with our lol-worthy emojis and text speech, and we demand intellectual baby blankets in the form of political correctness. Basically, if there’s a venerated institution out there, someone has said we’ve destroyed it. But we do live … Keep Reading >>

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - October 23, 2016 0 Comments

“Denial” Describes a Case of Fact vs. Fiction

The movie “Denial” is about a court case between Fact and Fiction. Through the case David Irving v. Penguin Books Limited, Deborah E. Lipstadt, “Denial” shows how injustices like the Holocaust cannot be denied. One of the most controversial cases of the 1990s, this case distinguished scholarship from bigotry. Emory University Professor Deborah Lipstadt (played by Rachel Weisz) represents … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - October 20, 2016 0 Comments

High Holidays and Midterm Season Survival

Original version published in The Daily Californian.  When I was preparing to come to UC Berkeley, my biggest fear wasn’t the academic rigor of college, making friends, or getting used to the sometimes-unidentifiable food at Crossroads dining hall – though those were definitely all high up on my list. It was observing Jewish holidays, including Shabbat, and explaining them in a way that … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 19, 2016 0 Comments

U.S. Aid Isn’t Good for Israel

The U.S. and Israel recently renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The current version, signed in 2008, expires in 2018. According to officials, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to an MoU that would provide more than $30 billion over a decade, which would include advanced weaponry systems. The continuation of this 10-year financial agreement is … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 14, 2016 0 Comments

The Western Wall Taught Me a Lesson – And It Wasn’t What You’d Expect

There it was – the Western Wall, hakotel hama’aravi.  The sun was hanging over the top of the wall, reflecting off the stones at my feet. As I stood in front of the holiest sight in Israel, I realized I was waiting for something, some reaction to the realization that I was finally at the Kotel, where so much history lives in the stones, if only they could talk! I wanted to feel something … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - May 31, 2016 0 Comments

In defense of organized religion

There’s a stereotype that engagement programs for Jewish young adults are geared solely at producing the next generation of Jewish children. Many stereotypes exist for a reason — and this one is no exception. Many efforts to engage youth make a desire to produce the next generation of engaged Jewish youth explicit — and that’s no accident. Especially given the perceived demographic crisis … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 23, 2016 0 Comments

Modern Orthodoxy must act on inclusion

Unlike many other people I know who grew up in but have since left the Modern Orthodox community, I don’t look back on my childhood religious experiences with sadness. Instead, many of the decisions that I have since made in my religious life have been because of — not despite — having been raised in the Orthodox world. My leaving the Orthodox world was due not to disdain, but because I … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 6, 2016 1 Comment

My queerness is more than just a Bible verse

On this weekend, five years ago, a community member of the synagogue in which I’d grown up stood up at the podium of my teen minyan, and talked about the verse in this week’s Torah portion — one that’s served as the basis for discrimination against queer Jews for decades. I had just come out to my parents. Even if many Jewish communities have taken important and concrete steps to welcome … Keep Reading >>

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