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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 demons eat me if I have a block of Triangle-K cheddar? In short, the wrong sort of seal can cause a …

The Conspiracy - September 16, 2014 4 Comments

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 written about the thought processes behind my decisions to leave the Modern Orthodox world and join — …

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - September 15, 2014 2 Comments

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 the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture, this is the first comprehensive scientific survey …

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 far too inappropriate to quote, then proceeded to flip off the photographer. What I expected to see …

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 when the friend returned home, he discovered that Aaron was missing. When I came online Saturday …

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, meeting people who think differently than you can be nerve-racking. If you’re meeting a Jewish person …

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 American-Jewish religious middle. This summer’s Operation Protective Edge seems to have heralded the death of …

The Conspiracy - August 11, 2014 2 Comments

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 teeth. He looked sort of like my glue-sniffing boss from my days as a janitor. This was way before …

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- they were offering me a job. I’d applied for the job almost accidentally – working an event for my …

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 lessening support for Israel among American youth. It seems that non-Jewish teenagers and young …

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 the perceived wrong, and despite our shaking legs and cracking voices or how powerful and vocal the …

Other, The Conspiracy - July 29, 2014 4 Comments

Why is a Nice Jewish Girl Like You Moving to Wyoming?

I turned 25 this year. Something about that looming birthday made me evaluate who I was, who I am, and who I want to be. I asked myself if I was happy, if I was fulfilled and doing what I pictured for myself in my mid-twenties. It didn’t take long to realize that the answer was no. I was …

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 28, 2014 0 Comments

Got Problems With Hillel? Stop Complaining, Start Nominating!

On July 3, Open Hillel sent out a press release announcing its 6 recommendations for Hillel International’s new student-led Israel Strategy Committee: Amelia Dornbush, Gabriel Erbs, Andrew Farkash, Catie Stewart, Holly Bicerano, and Justin Szasz. According to the release: All the recommended …

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 …

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