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Campus & Community, Gender Week, The Conspiracy - March 31, 2015 0 Comments

My Life as a Gay Fratstar

Being gay in a fraternity has not been the easiest experience. I joined Alpha Epsilon Pi as a wandering, socially inept freshman. I was at lunch at Hillel and one of the brothers of the fraternity, a … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - March 30, 2015 0 Comments

The Myth of the ‘Feminized’ Religion

I have written in the past about my experiences with gender, privilege, Jewish ritual, and the need to find new and creative ways to engage both men and women ritually. Women, I’ve argued, should be … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, The Conspiracy - March 26, 2015 0 Comments

J Street Unchained: Inside #JSt2015

I came to the J Street Conference earlier this week with a question in mind for students: How do you advocate for Israel and for peace on campus after last week’s elections? In true Jewish fashion, … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 25, 2015 1 Comment

Inside JVP’s National Membership Meeting

From March 13-15, Jewish Voice for Peace held its 6th annual National Membership Meeting in Baltimore. Formed in 1996, JVP has grown a lot in 19 years. “In 2011, 150 gathered [at the meeting],” … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 23, 2015 0 Comments

Israel Advocacy Is Now Two State Advocacy

Israel advocacy started out for me as the “unconditional” support for the State of Israel and its policies because they, broadly, were in agreement with my Western, liberal values. For the most … Keep Reading >>

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

Why Small Campus Jewish Communities Are the Best

When applying to colleges, I gave barely any thought to Jewish life on campus. This was not because I didn’t care about being engaged with a Jewish community; on the contrary, between leading my … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 12, 2015 0 Comments

‘Hillel 2.0′ at Amherst College

It was my first college Shabbat and I was beginning to doubt that I was in the right place. Where was everyone? I glanced back down at my watch. It was definitely 6:30. Surely I could not have been … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 9, 2015 0 Comments

This is not a Blog Post about Bibi

I am done with Bibi. I’m also done with Purim, which means that I’m even more done with the various editorials analyzing Bibi’s references to the Purim story in Congress. At its root, however, … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 4, 2015 0 Comments

Why This Religious Jew Wants a Non-Jewish Roommate

Around winter break, during the peak of Israel’s “Birthright season,” I received an invitation from the Columbia/Barnard Hillel to attend a meet-up in Jerusalem for gap-year students in Israel. … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - March 2, 2015 0 Comments

The Dangerous Myth of the ‘Good Muslim’

We Jews have a problem: we fetishize Muslims. Not just any Muslims, though: we choose to fetishize the “Good Muslims.” The Muslims, or the Arabs, who stand up for our cause, who toe our party … Keep Reading >>

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 2 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 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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 0 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 1 Comment

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 >>

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