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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 >>

Campus & Community, Gender Week, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 19, 2014 0 Comments

Is College Compatible With Orthodox Gender Laws?

As an Orthodox person who attended an all-girls high school, single-sex spaces basically defined my life for four years. Keeping with the general attitude of the right-wing Orthodox community toward … Keep Reading >>

Campus & Community, Gender Week, The Conspiracy - November 18, 2014 1 Comment

Privilege, Gender, and Jewish Students

Last year, one of the clubs that I am a part of in school decided to hold a “Smashing the Patriarchy” workshop, to work on our group’s internal dynamics. To my mind, this was completely … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 13, 2014 0 Comments

What Can Marmite Tell Us About Diaspora? – A Jew in the Motherland

  It was certainly one of the stranger Jewish conversations I have had. (Mind you, I have had many.) There I was in Oxford after a hearty Sabbath lunch, walking in the beauty of Christ Church … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - November 10, 2014 1 Comment

On Dress Codes and the Abdication of Privilege

In middle school (thankfully not high school), “tzitzit checks” were a common feature of my morning. The boys in first period Judaics were required to prove to our teacher and anyone who might ask … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - November 5, 2014 1 Comment

Embracing Uncertainty: Why You Don’t Need To Have Everything Figured Out

Do you ever get so overwhelmed about your future that you want to just stop what you’re doing, run out into a field and scream, “WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE?!?” Yeah. That’s about where … Keep Reading >>

Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 3, 2014 2 Comments

Why I’m Tired of Hearing About Chickenshitgate (And Can We Please Not Make That a Thing?)

I’ll be the first in line to comment on the policies of the Israeli government, and the first in line to criticize those policies, be they negotiations or the stronghold that the religious right … Keep Reading >>

New Voices Editorial, The Conspiracy - October 30, 2014 3 Comments

Collapsing Towers: Liveblogging my Quarrel with Haaretz

  Though I don’t agree with them on everything (no one should agree with anything on everything), I ordinarily like Haaretz. I also normally find writing in to complain a bit gauche. … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 29, 2014 3 Comments

We Are All Images of God: How I Will Beat Anorexia

I grew up knowing that one of the most important values is to honor one’s body. I learned that I was made in the image of God and that made my body holy. I have never felt that way, though. I have … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 28, 2014 1 Comment

Take Back the Mikveh: The Need to Democratize Orthodox Judaism

This summer, I had the opportunity to do something that few other men my age do: immerse in the mikveh. Normally, my Jewish  rituals are public: I don my kippah wherever I go, I generally pray every … Keep Reading >>

The Conspiracy - October 22, 2014 4 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 1 Comment

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 2 Comments

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 2 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 >>

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