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The Conspiracy - October 22, 2014 0 Comments

Learning to Undo Ashke-normativity – A Jew in the Motherland

Like most Jews with ties to South Africa, my heritage is extremely Ashkenazi. In fact, both sides of my family largely originate from the same region of what is now northeastern Lithuania and … Keep Reading >>

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

Live Blogging the Open Hillel Conference Day 2

On Monday, the final day of what Previous New Voices Rebbe David A.M. Wilensky calls “Liberal Jewish Comicon,” my first interaction was with Ali Kreigsman, who was attending in support of her and … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - October 13, 2014 1 Comment

Live Blogging the Open Hillel Conference Day 1

Though If Not Now, When? An Open Hillel Conference began at Harvard Saturday night, I wasn’t able to arrive until Sunday afternoon. When I got there, the swarm of familiar black t-shirts seemed to … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 6, 2014 0 Comments

Let’s Talk About How We Talk About Orthodoxy

“Orthodoxy’s greatest innovation was its decision to stop innovating.” These were the words of a friend of mine in high school, a non-Orthodox student at my Modern Orthodox high school, … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - September 30, 2014 0 Comments

Continuing a Tradition of Activism at The People’s Climate March

Last weekend, I drove down from Burlington, Vermont with nine other activists from school to participate in the People’s Climate March. It’s hard to really explain how inspiring the march was. … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - September 29, 2014 0 Comments

Consulting the List: Discreet Judaism and British Kashrut – A Jew in the Motherland

In the US, those of us who keep kosher in any form (and yes, that means many things) are used to kashrut wars. Is Does said person keep to that seal? Is this food OK, or is it Star-K? Will a thousand … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - September 16, 2014 1 Comment

When Will Orthodoxy be Ready for Me?

  I’ve written about the successes and shortcomings of my fourteen years of Modern Orthodox day school education before, from religious, secular, and Zionist perspectives. I’ve also … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - September 15, 2014 1 Comment

First Results of the Jewish Student Survey are In!

  Preliminary results of the Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students 2014 are out. Started last spring by Drs. Barry Kosmin and Ariela Keysar at the Trinity College Institute for … Keep Reading >>

Arts & Culture, Opinion, The Conspiracy - September 8, 2014 0 Comments

Why We Should and Shouldn’t Be Mourning Joan Rivers

I had an opportunity to meet Joan Rivers at the tail end of my senior year of high school. She told me I was a nice Jewish boy. She then moved along and continued to make some joke which was probably … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - August 27, 2014 0 Comments

Why the Search for Aaron Sofer Matters

On Friday, August 22, Aaron Sofer was taking a shortcut through the Jerusalem Forest with his friend. The two became separated when his friend wanted to try hiking up a hill, and later that evening … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - August 19, 2014 1 Comment

Meeting New People: A Five-Step Guide for Non-Jews Meeting Jews for the First Time

  College means opening your mind and seeing a lot of new faces. You may even find yourself learning more from those around you than from of all the information in your textbooks. Of course, … Keep Reading >>

Opinion, The Conspiracy - August 18, 2014 0 Comments

Mourning the American-Jewish Political Middle

  If nothing else, the over-discussed Pew Report from almost a year ago (almost a year ago — and here we are, still quoting it like it’s the Bible itself!) heralded the death of the … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - August 11, 2014 1 Comment

My Best Friend is Anti-Semitic

Staring across a room filled with tiny chairs and colorful books, I felt a great fear. The other people there were all strangers, the person across from me had bright red spiked hair, and only about 8 … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - August 4, 2014 0 Comments

Why I Couldn’t Work for Hillel

Recently while killing time at work, I saw an email regarding a position I had applied for at my university’s Hillel. Expecting a rejection, I clicked, and realized that I was not being consoled- … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, New Vices, The Conspiracy - August 1, 2014 1 Comment

Such opposition. Very Jew-hate. So overblow. Wow.

An article by Amanda Borschel-Dan in the Times of Israel has described American youth as moving with “lightning speed” towards anti-Semitism. The proof in the nationalist pudding, it seems, is a … Keep Reading >>

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

The Reform Movement Must Apply its Values to Israel

Early in my Jewish education, I was taught that, as Jews and as human beings living in an imperfect world, we are obligated to stand up and speak out in the face of injustice. However small or large … Keep Reading >>

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