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The Conspiracy - March 9, 2015 0 Comments

This is not a Blog Post about Bibi

I am done with Bibi. I’m also done with Purim, which means that I’m even more done with the various editorials analyzing Bibi’s references to the Purim story in Congress. At its root, however, my frustration lies not with Bibi himself, but with the answer that we have given to the question: …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 4, 2015 0 Comments

Why This Religious Jew Wants a Non-Jewish Roommate

Around winter break, during the peak of Israel’s “Birthright season,” I received an invitation from the Columbia/Barnard Hillel to attend a meet-up in Jerusalem for gap-year students in Israel. It was the first time the thought of college had even crossed my mind – I had been doing a …

The Conspiracy - March 2, 2015 0 Comments

The Dangerous Myth of the ‘Good Muslim’

We Jews have a problem: we fetishize Muslims. Not just any Muslims, though: we choose to fetishize the “Good Muslims.” The Muslims, or the Arabs, who stand up for our cause, who toe our party lines, and who stand up to protect us. To be sure, many in our Jewish community also often quite hastily …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 17, 2015 1 Comment

White Whine and South African Jews – A Jew in the Motherland

One familiar thing about the United Kingdom for me is that I frequently hear South African accents. Here in the colonial heartland, I have met a lot of folks like me: born to South African [Ashkenazi] Jewish parents abroad, raised abroad, and with varied ties to South Africa. Some, like me, maintain …

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2015 2 Comments

Who Speaks for America’s Jews?

The question of who should speak for the Jews is not a new one, nor is the question of whether or not Israeli political or religious leaders can or should speak on behalf of American (or other Diaspora) Jews. It dates back to a series letters between Jacob Blaustein, then the head of the American …

The Conspiracy - February 10, 2015 3 Comments

What’s Behind Israel’s Veil?

For so many young Jews in North America, the idealistic images seen on particular trips with organizations including NFTY, BBYO, Young Judaea, USY, and especially Birthright, come to define our views of Israel. After my first trip to Israel, when I spent 4 weeks exploring Israel with my camp and …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - February 9, 2015 1 Comment

Undoing the Non-Orthodox Inferiority Complex

When I was in high school, I stopped wearing my kippah. I felt myself drifting away from the ultra-Orthodox community of my childhood and the Modern Orthodoxy my parents tried to model for me at home. I stopped wearing my kippah because I wanted to disaffiliate from the Orthodox Jews that filled …

The Conspiracy - February 5, 2015 0 Comments

The Language of Angels

  As I sit across from her over a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a cup of dark coffee in the newly renovated faculty cafeteria, I think to myself: “I have so much respect for her.” Truth be told, I have so much respect for all of my colleagues because they’ve been doing this so much …

The Conspiracy - February 2, 2015 1 Comment

Why Should we Care About Bibi’s Speech to Congress?

I’ve written before about my how my hesitance to involve myself in the Israeli political process stems from a larger phenomenon I’ve noticed of the increasing separation between Israeli Judaism (and Israeli-Jewish culture) and American Judaism. Yet, the controversy over Prime Minister …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 27, 2015 5 Comments

The Jews are (Not) White

There’s a point in academic research where one becomes somewhat monomaniacal. I wouldn’t know what that word means unless it had been on an episode of The West Wing, but here I mean to say that I’ve sort of lost the ability to think about things that aren’t Jewish identity and theology (to …

The Conspiracy - January 26, 2015 1 Comment

On (Re-)Building the Proud Diaspora Jew

Growing up in my sheltered, American, religious Zionist, Orthodox bubble, I was told that there were two options for me, especially in light of the Holocaust: I could live in Israel, or I could live in America. The term “Diaspora Jew,” or the idea that there could exist a group of Jews outside …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 21, 2015 1 Comment

Rabbi Hillel, the Tube, and Reading the Comments – A Jew in the Motherland

I usually read, but do not respond to, the comment threads on my articles for this publication and others. Why, then, do I read them, despite my editor’s adamant suggestions not to? To a certain extent, I have a perverse pride in rankling ideologues of all stripes (and for those of you …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - January 20, 2015 3 Comments

Egalitarian Men: It’s Time to Move Beyond Comfort

  I read with enthusiasm and appreciation my good friend Amram Altzman’s recent piece on Jewish masculinity and egalitarianism. So much of Amram’s work centers on exploring the significance of egalitarian practice for him and other men, and this is necessary and important. I was deeply …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - January 19, 2015 0 Comments

Is a 10-Day Trip to Israel Really My Birthright?

Israel has always been a concept — a country, a culture, a history, a memory —I was always intimate with, but it remained aloof. I grew up surrounded by Hebrew and Israeli culture, singing “Hatikvah” alongside the “Star Spangled Banner.” I’d been to Israel only one time before going on …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - January 14, 2015 0 Comments

Fallacies and Follies of Open Hillel

John Adams famously remarked that “facts are stubborn things.” Maybe that is why Open Hillel leaders have closed their eyes to them. Open Hillel is an organization committed to abolishing Hillel International’s Standards of Partnership. These standards preclude Hillel branches from partnering …

The Conspiracy - January 5, 2015 0 Comments

A Convert’s Christmas in Southern Oregon

The span from Thanksgiving through New Year’s is generally a hectic time for me. A week after trying to wrest control over half the Thanksgiving menu from my mother and sister while debating internally if it’s even worth trying to keep kosher on such a day before inevitably stuffing myself …

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