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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 18, 2017 0 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 0 Comments

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 …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 13, 2017 0 Comments

Torah and Tampax

An amorphous red glob has invaded my underwear. It collects in a pool, spreading across the polka dotted fabric with what my eleven-year-old brain declares a vengeance. I look down into the liquid substance that has turned my Wednesday underwear into an abysmal crime scene. From the upstairs …

The Conspiracy - November 8, 2017 0 Comments

We Can’t Ignore Domestic Violence in Jewish Homes

For the safety of the writer, this piece has been published anonymously.  Every part of the term “domestic violence” is misleading. The author bell hooks once said that the proper name for domestic violence is patriarchal violence because violence against women and children does not begin at …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 6, 2017 0 Comments

Did Jews For Jesus Get Jewish Millennials Right?

I know, I didn’t think I’d be writing that headline today either. But a Jews for Jesus study may have actually made an interesting insight about Jewish millennials. What am I talking about? Jews for Jesus recently commissioned a study surveying 599 Jews born from 1984 to 1999, using a legit, …

Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - November 1, 2017 0 Comments

No, Israel, You Can’t Have My Number

This is how I imagine the Israeli government making the decision to collect the contact information for 350,000 American Jewish college students: I imagine that Naftali Bennett and Bibi met in a dark basement under the Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and, in the light of a single candle, recommitted …

The Conspiracy - October 31, 2017 0 Comments

My Jewish Is in the Searching

This column was originally published in The Cornell Daily Sun on October 27, 2017. Read more at cornellsun.com. Last week my Judaism became suddenly quite visible. When anti-Semitism was plastered across campus, Jewish went from being a private piece of self to the subject of public discussion, in …

The Conspiracy - October 24, 2017 0 Comments

Speechless.

Originally published in Ha’am. I’m not going to waste too much space speaking to the importance of free speech, diversity of opinions and the benefits of engaging in lively academic conversation with those who disagree with us. Blah blah blah, kumbaya. These are all wonderful attributes that …

The Conspiracy - October 23, 2017 0 Comments

Reflecting on Sukkot as a Model For Pluralism

This year, I realized something new about the holiday of Sukkot. Sukkot challenges us to envision and construct a new kind of Jewish community, one that lies outside of our everyday institutions. We are commanded to dwell in a new reality, where we welcome in all those on the margins of our …

The Conspiracy - October 18, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Mayim Bialik – From an Orthodox Feminist

NOTE: Mayim Bialik apologized publicly for her remarks after this letter was written. Click here to see her apology.  Dear Mayim, Let’s talk – Orthodox feminist to Orthodox feminist. You represent me. You might not mean to but you do. With the exception of Ivanka Trump (oy), you’re probably …

The Conspiracy - October 17, 2017 0 Comments

What Simchat Torah Taught Me This Year as a Suicide Attempt Survivor

Grammar fact: A semicolon comes at the end of a sentence that could have ended with a period, with finality – but didn’t. Many suicide attempt survivors, including myself, have semicolons tattooed on our bodies to represent that our stories aren’t over yet. Our lives could have ended when we …

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