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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 27, 2015 0 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 0 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 2 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 0 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 0 Comments

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 2 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 >>

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 17, 2014 1 Comment

Remembering Korach, or On The Danger of Open Hillel

Eric Fingerhut, you take too much upon yourself. The CEO of Hillel International could not resist taking a swipe at the ever-growing Open Hillel movement in his speech to the Hillel General Assembly, … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - December 15, 2014 0 Comments

5 Ways to Make Jewish Life Less ‘Clichéd’ from an Actual Millennial

  I am a Millennial. I say this proudly. I dance around Jewish tradition, modernity, and practice in a way that Millennials do. I whole-heartedly enjoy my status as a Generation Y’er. At the same … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - December 11, 2014 2 Comments

When Will the Federations Let Millennials Speak for Themselves?

I came to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (JFNAGA) for two reasons: I love the Jewish community, and I am a Zionist who firmly believes in a Jewish and democratic state of … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 9, 2014 0 Comments

Mourning Far From Home: A Jew in the Motherland

My father (z”l) died quite suddenly last month. He was young, 57, and had appeared so happy and so healthy. During his final hours, I got the call to come home. I went back to the States for the … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - December 8, 2014 0 Comments

This Week, I Have Nothing to Say

  This past week has left me, and many others, searching for answers to questions I only recently realized I had. What follows is a series of thoughts that I had over the last ten days. Privilege, at … Keep Reading >>

Gender Week, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 25, 2014 0 Comments

The Flipside to De-gendering Ritual: Continuing the Conversation

Last week was New Voices’ #GenderWeek, and many of us (including yours truly) chose to write about the gendering of Jewish ritual, as well as the need to de-gender — or create a new paradigm … Keep Reading >>

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