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Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - July 22, 2014 3 Comments

Towards a Toolbox for Anti-Semitism

A college student’s first encounter with anti-Semitism on campus can be mildly terrifying: after all, anti-Semitism does not announce itself with a big red flag or banner. In some cases, it may even take a while for the student to realize what happened. A comment such as “no wonder you’re …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - July 21, 2014 0 Comments

5 Ways to Maintain Your Jewish Life This Summer

Summer vacation is meant to be exciting, but it can present a challenge if you only came to discover the joys of Jewish communities while on campus. This summer, to avoid spiritual dryness, make an effort to stay actively involved in Jewish life. Check out these suggestions to help you stay focused …

New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 3, 2014 0 Comments

We Need Arguments, Not Echos

I don’t know how so many pundits had reactions polished and published within hours of the announcement of the news of the murders of Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Fraenkel. I wanted to take time to let the shock dull a little, then write something about it. My thoughts are still a little …

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 2, 2014 5 Comments

Why Palestinian Advocacy Groups Don’t Partner With Hillel

In his post on New Voices last week, Tomer Kornfeld recounts how he worked with his campus Hillel to set up “a debate, or ‘mock peace talk’ with Students for Justice in Palestine.” But “instead of reciprocating our goodwill, sitting down with us and working things out, S.J.P. sent out …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - July 1, 2014 0 Comments

How to be Jewish on a Small College Campus

  College is an exciting time, but being Jewish on a small college campus can often come with some limitations: cultural concerns, religious practices, specific dietary needs, and misunderstandings to name a few. But in spite of the difficulty, it’s completely worth it. If you’re from a …

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - June 27, 2014 2 Comments

Together We Can: A Call for Unity in Peacemaking

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most divisive issues in modern politics. For years, the world—as much as Israeli and Palestinian leadership—has been trying to reconcile their differences, and, though there has been some progress, sadly, a full peace has yet to be achieved. To tell …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 23, 2014 0 Comments

Bring Back Our Boys, Not Just Our Boy

In response to the abduction of three teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, Gil-ad Shaar, and Naftali Frankel, over a week ago in the West Bank, a petition to President Obama has been circulating around the Internet asking for the Executive Office to pressure the Palestinian Authority to release the one American …

The Conspiracy - June 19, 2014 0 Comments

Two Student Censorship False Alarms

Kate Jacobson, the former Israel chair at the University of Calgary, recently bowed to pressure from other students and resigned her post due to her highly controversial views on Israel, as reported by the Calgary Jewish News. The most important thing to note here is that she was not told to leave …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - June 18, 2014 2 Comments

The Israeli Government Isn’t Pinkwashing — We Are

The idea of “pinkwashing” is not new. The concept is defined as such: the Israeli government, having to deal with the violation of human rights in the Occupied Territories, uses its record on LGBTQ inclusion (for example, its military has never had a Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell policy, unlike some …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - June 3, 2014 0 Comments

The Ten Commandments of Recovery

Shavuot commemorates receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. It is customarily observed by participating in a night of learning. Since I last wrote, I have relapsed and gone back to residential treatment for anorexia. Going back to treatment for the second time since January took a great deal …

The Conspiracy - June 2, 2014 2 Comments

What Stake Should American Jews Have in Israeli Affairs?

  Israel has always been always at least somewhat present in my life. Though I have only visited once, as a Jew who was raised in a Jewish educational system, Zionism came part-and-parcel with my religious education. In school, I learned Modern Hebrew as a second language and was exposed to Israeli …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 27, 2014 0 Comments

Spreading the (Orthodox) Love

  Written in response to Eat the Food Without Drinking the Kool-Aid: How to Get the Most out of Orthodox Outreach Programs “Ben Zoma said: Who is wise? He who learns from all people, as it is said: ‘From all those who taught me I gained understanding’ (Psalms 119:99). ‘Who …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 26, 2014 1 Comment

Reflections of a Day School Graduate, One Year Out

  I’ve written before on my day school education and its different aspects, critiquing how it taught me (or perhaps should have taught me) to look at my history and my past; I’ve also offered what can perhaps be best described as a back-handed compliment to my Jewish education. Now, as …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - May 23, 2014 0 Comments

Mazel tov…ulations!

  Around the time I learned that my UChicago team won this year’s annual Scavenger Hunt, I happened to be on the phone with my mother. Knowing how much of my previous weekend had been devoted to “Scav,” how I had stayed up into odd hours of the night every night for three days completing …

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - May 20, 2014 2 Comments

Defining ‘Pro-Israel’

“It is the epitome of intellectual dishonesty to use a well-established term to define a group (pro-Israel) when that group and its members such as yourself admit that the meaning of the well-established term does not in fact apply.” This was one of the many responses I received after my op-ed …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 19, 2014 1 Comment

On the Conservative Movement, Egalitarianism, and Top-Down Judaism

Just over two weeks ago, the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards (CJLS) voted in favor of a controversial teshuvah (responsum), written by Rabbi Pamela Barmash, ruling that, according to Jewish law, women can be considered obligated in all of the ritual commandments …

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