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Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - February 1, 2016 0 Comments

Talking about not talking about Israel: Or, addressing the Israel problem

  We, the American Jewish community, have an Israel problem, and we need to talk about it. It’s not the fact that Israel exists. It’s not the fact that it’s a politically fraught topic to discuss — although that’s certainly part of it. It’s the mere fact that Israel and Zionism as abstract concepts are so difficult to discuss within the American-Jewish community. I wrote my piece … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - December 22, 2015 0 Comments

The left-wing double standard on Israel

When the documentary “The J Street Challenge” was released in 2014, one of its main arguments was that while certain Israel advocacy groups who claim to be bipartisan are acceptable political advocates, left-wing political groups, like J Street, should be condemned as beyond the pale of acceptable conversation about Israel for disagreeing with the Israeli government. When Israeli right-wing … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - December 17, 2015 0 Comments

Zionish challenges readers to find nuance in Zionism

There seem to be two choices in mainstream Jewish life: Either you’re pro-Zionism, or you’re anti-Zionism. A new online publication, Zionish, rejects that binary. “Our stance is to reject the traditional stances,” Zionish editor Aaron Simons told New Voices via email. “People conceive of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as one where you have to be either super-Zionist pro-Israel in … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - December 10, 2015 0 Comments

Is there a Jewish Agenda on campus?

When a UC Santa Cruz student leader is instructed to abstain from a BDS vote due to his allegiance to a “Jewish Agenda,” the proper response from the Jewish community is very simple: Such activities are anti-Semitic, and do not belong on diverse, pluralistic campuses. This is only the latest case of anti-Semitism that has hit California campuses this year. Daniel Bernstein’s … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - December 8, 2015 0 Comments

Trump, Sanders, and the rhetoric of Jewishness

There seems to be many ways for presidential candidates to pander to Jews. One might look to the 2012 election, during which Republican candidate Michele Bachmann said she loved Israel so much that she put aside her fiscally conservative values to join a utopian socialist kibbutz when she was eighteen. Donald Trump, however, seems to care slightly less about pandering to Jews. Indeed, his recent … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 30, 2015 0 Comments

Jews cannot ignore Syrian refugees

When I was a child, my mother taught me that Thanksgiving was a holiday of immigrants and refugees. It was fitting, then, that Thanksgiving was a holiday my family spent with my maternal grandparents, who were themselves, along with my mother, Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union in 1981. Although my understanding of the holiday has become much more nuanced since then, as I’ve learned to … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 15, 2015 0 Comments

What we can learn from the RCA and the URJ

On Oct. 30, mainstream Orthodox leaders in the Rabbinical Council of America confirmed once again that women who receive the same training and jobs as men still are not — and never will be — equal to men. Six days later, the Union for Reform Judaism passed a landmark resolution on the inclusion of transgender individuals in the Reform movement. It would be too much to pass up the irony of … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 3, 2015 0 Comments

What Judaism will actually look like 50 years from now

I don’t often like to think about the future. Instead, I like to study my past (hence my Jewish History major) and understand my present (hence my sociology major). But when Commentary released its symposium wherein seventy professional Jews — academics, philosophers, researchers, and the like — were asked about what Judaism will look like in 2065, the answer was a resounding and ambivalent … Keep Reading >>

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - October 27, 2015 0 Comments

On Urban Outfitters and Jewish masculinities

I like Jewish boys. A lot. Which is why I was elated when Urban Outfitters released its 2016 Nice Jewish Guys calendar — and then I realized how conflicted I was. While I support the proliferation of the Nice Jewish Boy — and God only knows the world needs more of them — I also have many qualms with Urban Outfitters and some of their business ethics and clothing choices. Part of why I’m so … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 19, 2015 1 Comment

Leftists need to be louder

  Every morning for the last two weeks, like many other people, I’ve woken up hoping that the wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians has ended overnight. Every morning for the last two weeks, I’ve been upset, frustrated, and saddened to realize that, no, the violence hasn’t ended. It often seems that I and many of my politically leftist friends clam up when violence sparks … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - October 12, 2015 0 Comments

What happens the day after National Coming Out Day?

A few years ago, while I was working as a staff member at Brandeis High School Programs, someone asked me what could be done for LGBTQ people who were still in the closet. At first, I had no response. The only real way to give someone the direct help that they need is for them to come out and ask for the help that they need. That’s the power of National Coming Out Day, which took place … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - September 30, 2015 0 Comments

Messy Jewish identities: A High Holidays meditation, part II

Two years ago, I wrote my first blog post for New Voices. I invited young Conservative Jews, unhappy with the current situation within their movement, to enter into conversation with me and the many other young Jews I know who grew up Modern Orthodox. We, too, were discontented with what we perceived as our movement’s shortcomings. That post marked the beginning of a process that occupied much … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - September 16, 2015 1 Comment

Reclaiming “off the derekh:” A High Holidays meditation

As a child, my rabbis and Judaic studies teachers cautioned me against straying “off the derekh,” which almost literally translates to off of the Orthodox straight-and-narrow. If we did, though, then the High Holidays were a time when we could return to once again being on the straight, singular path that Orthodoxy provided. As a child, I bought into that idea. I davened with special … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - July 31, 2015 2 Comments

Yes, Orthodoxy is still to blame

Yesterday, I was reminded that the world in which I grew up — the Orthodox world — is one toward which I feel a sense of affinity, but also fear. The stabbing at Jerusalem Pride, carried out by a man who committed a similar crime a decade ago, confirmed this for me. I can love the Orthodox world, I can owe it a debt of gratitude, but I still can never feel safe there. That is an alarming … Keep Reading >>

New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 26, 2015 1 Comment

Nice Jewish girl seeks same for legal wedding

On October 11, 2009, I woke up in my best friend’s apartment at 5 a.m. We had a bus to catch to D.C. We were going to the National Equality March. Before that, though, we had something to do. Together we’d decided we would come out on Facebook, in honor of the march and National Coming Out Day. But we were in 12th grade at a high school that, despite its location in one of the nation’s most … Keep Reading >>

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - June 18, 2015 0 Comments

BirthWrong explores Jewish culture outside Israel

In May, BirthWrong gave students the opportunity to travel to Spain to learn about communism, the Spanish Civil War, and Jewish culture outside of Israel. BirthWrong was founded by the left-wing British organization Jewdas as a response to Taglit-Birthright Israel, an organization that takes Jews aged 18 to 26 on a free trip to Israel. In 1999, Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt — then 65 … Keep Reading >>

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