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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 17, 2015 0 Comments

White Whine and South African Jews – A Jew in the Motherland

One familiar thing about the United Kingdom for me is that I frequently hear South African accents. Here in the colonial heartland, I have met a lot of folks like me: born to South African [Ashkenazi] … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2015 0 Comments

Who Speaks for America’s Jews?

The question of who should speak for the Jews is not a new one, nor is the question of whether or not Israeli political or religious leaders can or should speak on behalf of American (or other … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - February 10, 2015 0 Comments

What’s Behind Israel’s Veil?

For so many young Jews in North America, the idealistic images seen on particular trips with organizations including NFTY, BBYO, Young Judaea, USY, and especially Birthright, come to define our views … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - February 9, 2015 0 Comments

Undoing the Non-Orthodox Inferiority Complex

When I was in high school, I stopped wearing my kippah. I felt myself drifting away from the ultra-Orthodox community of my childhood and the Modern Orthodoxy my parents tried to model for me at … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - February 5, 2015 2 Comments

The Language of Angels

  As I sit across from her over a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a cup of dark coffee in the newly renovated faculty cafeteria, I think to myself: “I have so much respect for her.” Truth … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - February 2, 2015 2 Comments

Why Should we Care About Bibi’s Speech to Congress?

I’ve written before about my how my hesitance to involve myself in the Israeli political process stems from a larger phenomenon I’ve noticed of the increasing separation between Israeli Judaism … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 27, 2015 3 Comments

The Jews are (Not) White

There’s a point in academic research where one becomes somewhat monomaniacal. I wouldn’t know what that word means unless it had been on an episode of The West Wing, but here I mean to say that … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - January 26, 2015 2 Comments

On (Re-)Building the Proud Diaspora Jew

Growing up in my sheltered, American, religious Zionist, Orthodox bubble, I was told that there were two options for me, especially in light of the Holocaust: I could live in Israel, or I could live … Keep Reading >>

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 21, 2015 0 Comments

Rabbi Hillel, the Tube, and Reading the Comments – A Jew in the Motherland

I usually read, but do not respond to, the comment threads on my articles for this publication and others. Why, then, do I read them, despite my editor’s adamant suggestions not to? To a … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - January 20, 2015 5 Comments

Egalitarian Men: It’s Time to Move Beyond Comfort

  I read with enthusiasm and appreciation my good friend Amram Altzman’s recent piece on Jewish masculinity and egalitarianism. So much of Amram’s work centers on exploring the significance … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - January 19, 2015 0 Comments

Is a 10-Day Trip to Israel Really My Birthright?

Israel has always been a concept — a country, a culture, a history, a memory —I was always intimate with, but it remained aloof. I grew up surrounded by Hebrew and Israeli culture, singing … Keep Reading >>

Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 14, 2015 3 Comments

Fallacies and Follies of Open Hillel

John Adams famously remarked that “facts are stubborn things.” Maybe that is why Open Hillel leaders have closed their eyes to them. Open Hillel is an organization committed to abolishing Hillel … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - January 5, 2015 1 Comment

A Convert’s Christmas in Southern Oregon

The span from Thanksgiving through New Year’s is generally a hectic time for me. A week after trying to wrest control over half the Thanksgiving menu from my mother and sister while debating … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 31, 2014 0 Comments

Beware of the Thought Police on Campus

    Recent occurrences on campuses have greatly undermined freedom of expression and should serve as a forewarning of what will happen in the future. While the hardliners of any ideological … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 29, 2014 4 Comments

My Jewish Masculinity is not Disposable

My egalitarianism started out as a compromise: it gave me most of the traditional liturgy and observance I’d grown up around, while also giving me the modernity and progressive attitudes I’d been … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 22, 2014 0 Comments

In Defense of Hanukkah

Hanukkah gets a bad rap. It is seen as the most Americanized of the Jewish holidays and as the Jewish pinnacle of consumerism and indulgence. On top of that, when looking closer at the Hanukkah story, … Keep Reading >>

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