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The Conspiracy - January 18, 2017 0 Comments

7 Semester Survival Tips for Jewish Freshmen

With the first semester of college behind us, many freshmen are wondering how it went by so quickly. The late-night pizzas, the cram sessions, and the crying sessions all melded together to create the whirlwind that is the first chapter of the “college experience.” Integrating yourself into the …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 16, 2017 0 Comments

This Professor Gets the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act All Wrong

In The Wall Street Journal a couple weeks ago, former Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse wrote about how we need to fight anti-Semitism through the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which requires the Department of Education to take the broad State Department definition of anti-Semitism into account when …

The Conspiracy - January 5, 2017 0 Comments

Can I Study God in Graduate School?

As the New Year passes, I am increasingly aware of the fact that I’ve graduated, and I don’t have a job just yet. Like many recent graduates, my biggest question is what path to take, as I consider a couple major choices on the horizon – in my case, graduate school vs. rabbinical …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 5, 2017 0 Comments

This Is a Safe Space – Unless You’re Conservative

People who disagree with me are not worthy of my attention or my respect. At least that’s the message my fellow progressives are sending conservative students on campus. Here’s how the argument goes: Because of my superior morals and politics, I made the correct choice at the ballot box this …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - January 4, 2017 0 Comments

“Shema Yisrael” – Listen to Syrian Voices

When trying to make sense of the suffering and violence taking place in Aleppo and Syria at large, I have recently turned to Jewish prayers to provide me with the necessary structure to process the tragedy and aid those who are suffering. I grew up unable to conceptualize how prayer could be a …

The Conspiracy - December 30, 2016 0 Comments

Is Giving Presents a Jewish Tradition?

Gift-giving on Chanukah is so popular a custom that we rarely stop to think about it. Why do we do it? Are we just copying Christmas, or is there some Jewish tradition present in the act of gift-giving? (No pun intended.) To find out how gift-giving became such a prominent aspect of Chanukah, we …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 29, 2016 0 Comments

What’s the Real Gift of Chanukah?

What are you getting for Chanukah this year? I don’t mean the gifts you’re anxiously awaiting in your mailbox, though gift giving on Chanukah is actually an ancient tradition. I mean, what really is the gift of Chanukah? Is it freedom? Is it independence? Is it survival? Is it the ability to …

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

David Friedman Would Be a Disaster as Ambassador

The advertisement is deceptively simple – a darkened image of Donald Trump smiling next to David Friedman, overlaid with four block-lettered words, the last in red: “He Called You Kapos.” This is J Street’s latest ad campaign, a stark reminder of the abuse that Trump’s pick for U.S. …

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

Give Ambassador David Friedman a Chance

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump nominated campaign adviser and bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel. The appointment was understandably controversial in the Jewish community; Friedman’s stances on pertinent Israel issues are abhorrent to the Jewish left and …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - December 27, 2016 0 Comments

An Israeli Chef Brings “Balaboosta” Back

I consider myself a balaboosta in training, as my Bubbe would say, using the Yiddish word for a Jewish homemaker who has it together. For this reason, my Torah of trying to cook food for family is The New York Times’ best-selling cookbook “Balaboosta” by feminist Israeli chef Einat Admony.   …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 26, 2016 0 Comments

In Defense of My Americanized Chanukah

When I was little, I looked forward to the day in December when my dad asked us to dig the “Chanukah box” out of the attic. Out came the electric menorah to put in our window, the glitzy blue and silver garland of dreidels and Jewish stars to hang on our bannister, several rolls of …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 21, 2016 0 Comments

Why Religion Matters – With or Without God

Original version published on whoknowsoneblog.wordpress.com. Is there something that faith brings to our society that we would lack if we lived in a world without religion? To the person who has perfect belief in God or a specific religion, this question seems silly. In their minds, of course the …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 15, 2016 1 Comment

Are We White Right Now?

After the election, my friend’s younger brother called from Israel. “Are we white?” he asked. Her immediate response was, “Not anymore.” As I listened to my friend talk about this exchange, I wasn’t sure which part was more telling, the question or the answer. The question – how we fit …

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. …

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 …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - November 29, 2016 0 Comments

Meet Jewish Wizards in “Fantastic Beasts”

At first glance, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” seems like a movie made on a wild dare. It’s based on the fictional tome by magical zoologist Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. Some may remember the 128-page encyclopedia written by Rowling in 2001 along with …

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