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The Conspiracy - November 16, 2017 0 Comments

Letter From the Editor: My New Voices 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 …

The Conspiracy - October 10, 2017 0 Comments

Celebrating National Coming Out Day on Sukkot

This Yom Kippur, I sat in Kol Tzedek synagogue, where the majority of the congregation and the rabbi identify as queer or trans, thinking about how the last day of Sukkot falls on National Coming Out Day this year. Something felt natural about this intersection of celebrations and communities. …

The Conspiracy - October 2, 2017 0 Comments

Remembering Jewish LGBT Activist Edie Windsor, a Woman of Valor

A version of this article was published in Times of Israel. Edie Windsor, who passed away last month at 88, will be remembered as many things – a hero, an icon, a trailblazer, and also rarely emphasized, Jewish. Yes, the same Edie Windsor who led the fight in overturning the Defense of Marriage …

The Conspiracy - September 29, 2017 1 Comment

The Day After Yom Kippur, You’ll Find Me Marching

As I reflect on this past year, moments of crisis stand out in my mind. I think about the ways in which God has tested me and my community. I think about experiencing a surreal and seemingly endless stream of challenges, pushing me to stand for my Jewish values that suddenly felt under attack. Even …

The Conspiracy - September 28, 2017 0 Comments

Why I’m Eating This Yom Kippur

Throughout college, I struggled with an eating disorder. In many ways, it first manifested itself during Yom Kippur freshman year. From there, it was a downward spiral into self-hatred, an obsession with calories, and compensatory cardio. Four Yom Kippurs in a row, I fasted too easily. The challenge …

The Conspiracy - September 27, 2017 1 Comment

The Fight For Racial Justice Starts at Home

On Oct. 1, I’m going to the March For Racial Justice in Providence, Rhode Island – and my motivation for participating has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. For me, this march isn’t about the history of Jewish persecution. It’s about not only standing in solidarity with people marginalized …

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