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The Conspiracy - September 18, 2017 0 Comments

I Won’t Forgive Sexual Harassment This Yom Kippur

In the weeks leading up to Yom Kippur, I go through all my Facebook friends and determine who needs an apology. I write dozens upon dozens of apology emails full of pleas for forgiveness and willingness to move forward. This year, Yishai – let’s call him that – sent me such an email, but …

The Conspiracy - September 15, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Teachers, We Have an Israel Education Problem

Dear Jewish educators, First, I would like to thank you for dedicating your lives to helping students like me understand faith and tradition. Thank you for allowing me to develop life-long friendships, for allowing me to grow my creativity and for patiently fielding my questions. Thank you for …

New Vices, The Conspiracy - September 5, 2017 0 Comments

Lists of Colleges For Jewish Students, Ranked

In the Jewish world, this has been a school year of many lists – particularly lists of the best and worst colleges for Jews. As the one and only national online magazine for Jewish college students, we’ve decided to add our voice to the mix and create a list of our own – a ranking of the worst …

The Conspiracy - August 30, 2017 0 Comments

Hillel International, Don’t Define “Pro-Israel” For Us

When I was a student at Wesleyan University, the Jewish community was my home. It was a safe space to question, to deepen and nuance my connection to Israel/Palestine, and to learn to articulate my own beliefs about Judaism through hearing a variety of others’. Essentially, it was a place where …

The Conspiracy - August 24, 2017 0 Comments

What Do Jewish Millennials Want to Read?

Originally published in New Jersey Jewish News. “What do Jewish millennials want to read?” “What’s going on in the minds of future Jewry?” As the editor of New Voices, I field these questions constantly — at conferences, Shabbat tables, blind dates, and board meetings. Thankfully, …

The Conspiracy - August 23, 2017 0 Comments

10 Ways Jewish Students Can Join The Resistance

Originally published in The Forward. Watching the events of these past weeks unfold, we were confronted with a feeling of desperation. Nazis rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and anti-Black slogans, threatening a synagogue. The president of the United …

The Conspiracy - August 18, 2017 1 Comment

Fighting BDS Shouldn’t Be Our First Concern

Originally published in The Jewish Exponent. For the past year and a half, I have served as president of the student board of Hillel at Temple University. Over the course of my time on board, I’ve seen students plan weekly Shabbat dinners, various types of holiday programming (including the …

The Conspiracy - August 17, 2017 0 Comments

To the Alt-Right – From the Grandson of Holocaust Survivors

Originally published at Red Alert Politics.  At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference, I passed by prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer, who beforehand said, “Effectively, any policy, idea, or belief that is markedly right-wing and traditional — that evokes identity, power, …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 25, 2017 0 Comments

Can We Stop Calling Campus a War Zone?

“Where do you go to school?” “UC Berkeley.” “UC Berkeley? Wow, the front line. You students are fighting an important battle over there. Keep it up!” I can’t tell you how many times I had this conversation – at shuls, Shabbat tables, even half a world away in Jewish communities …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 13, 2017 0 Comments

We’re Not Talking About BDS, So Why Are You?

Dear Jewish community, So, you wanna understand Israel/Palestine debates on campus. The first thing you have to do is stop talking about BDS. Shocking, right? We try. But really, BDS doesn’t summarize what Israel conversations on campus are all about these days. BDS measures on major campuses are …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 11, 2017 0 Comments

Social Media Was Bad For My Judaism

Our generation has created two gods. One of them is Facebook. Bold statement, right? But let me explain: There is a real G-d and a god we have created in our own (albeit distorted) image, and we dubbed that god “social media.” We spend all our time on it and use it to engage in self-worship. It …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 30, 2017 1 Comment

LGBT Jews Are the New Target of Anti-Zionism

At the root of anti-Semitism is the belief that all good things Jews do are for nefarious reasons. There is an emerging belief in the far left that LGBT Jews who are Zionist are doubly guilty of re-branding Israel as a progressive society while covering human rights abuses against Palestinians. The …

The Conspiracy - June 28, 2017 1 Comment

Poem: Equilibrium

In the beginning God created the heavens and a round earth But for five thousand years we couldn’t see our world’s true extent. Blind and unknowing, we drew our flat paper maps with heavy lines and solid edges, Contained, finite, concrete, And when we were cast off to its four …

The Conspiracy - June 21, 2017 0 Comments

The Jewishness of Memorializing Transgender Lives

Dear Jewish community, Three years ago on Nov. 15, Leslie Feinberg passed away after a long battle with chronic Lyme disease. Ze was an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, revolutionary communist. I couldn’t help but think of Leslie on Nov. 20, the annual …

The Conspiracy - June 13, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Freshmen, Don’t Fear a Community That Challenges Your Beliefs

Dear freshmen, Last month, I helped facilitate an info session at Wesleyan University for 70 rising seniors from the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, where I attended elementary school. These students sat before me in the admissions office, looking slightly perplexed about why their Jewish …

The Conspiracy - June 5, 2017 0 Comments

Where Do I Belong as the Immigrant in My Family?

Originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of The Leviathan Jewish Journal. When I was young and told the other children at school that one of my ancestors came to America from the Mayflower, they looked at my almond-shaped eyes, my long black hair, and laughed. “You can’t be from the …

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