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The Conspiracy - July 28, 2009 0 Comments

From East of the Bank

As borders and peoples began to settle following the formal creation of Israel, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) in collaboration with the Jordanian government established in 1952 the Jabal el-Hussien Palestinian refugee camp North West of Amman. Now, over fifty years later, the …

The Conspiracy - July 27, 2009 1 Comment

The Clash of Civilizations

As a religious student at Bar Ilan university, I’m not exactly what you might call a novelty. Nicknamed “the religious university”, Bar Ilan is known for it’s high academic standards, its pricey cafeteria food and being a major hub for religious students. A better nickname …

The Conspiracy - July 24, 2009 0 Comments

Make My Funk the J Funk

Fans of funky music are used to finding Jews behind the scenes. During the 1960s, Jerry Wexler produced hits for Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. During the 1970s and ‘80s, David Geffen signed just about everybody. And in the 1990s, Rick Rubin locked the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in an abandoned …

The Conspiracy - July 24, 2009 5 Comments

An Open Letter to the Money-Grubbing Jews

Thanks, crooked ultra-Orthodox. You, with your flowing white beards, black velvet kippot, black coats and blacker hats, have shown the world that we Jews love laundering money through corrupt charities. You, who present yourself to the world as the platinum standard of our religion and culture, have …

The Conspiracy - July 23, 2009 1 Comment

I Refuse to Title This Post with a Pun about Bees

For the last couple of years, I have been slowly developing a passion for honey bees, fueled by a combination of delicious varieties of local honey, a passion for sustainable agriculture, and a fascination with the inner workings of bee hives. When I returned to New York City I decided to look for a …

The Conspiracy - July 23, 2009 3 Comments

From East of the Bank: Map, Mapa, Charita

As a child a tale was told to me of the Halutzim, the pioneers who came from the diaspora to the land of Israel and cultivated the parched, barren earth into the beginnings of a fruitful nation. I did not doubt this tale, or the image drawn for me of the proud pioneers as they idealistically laid …

The Conspiracy - July 23, 2009 1 Comment

American Jews or Jewish Americans?

So there are answers to the “Where is God?” question after all. I’d like to respond to a couple of comments that appeared on my last post that both validated my observation of God’s absence but provided different reasons for it. Benjamin Siegel’s main claim was that …

The Conspiracy - July 21, 2009 2 Comments

Scammed by a Jew during the Three Weeks

An Israeli stole $300 from me yesterday. Said Israeli, whose name–I have since learned–is not Avi Levi, played me for the cash under the pretense of needing medicine money for his sick 10-year old daughter, who had flo4from Israel to Maryland for kidney surgery the day before. He needed …

The Conspiracy - July 16, 2009 0 Comments

Remembering Dr. Atomic

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the first nuclear bomb test at Trinity, a desert site sixty miles west of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Conducted in the early morning of July 16, 1945, the “gadget” was a success: producing a “burst of light of a brilliance beyond any …

The Conspiracy - July 14, 2009 5 Comments

Kids these days…

It’s a personal relief to see so many Jewish innovators and new Jewish organizations really giving a lot of thought to the Jewish experience, which is something I feel was left out too often in my Jewish day school and Young Israel synagogue experience. But I’m confused about one …

The Conspiracy - July 14, 2009 2 Comments

Z Street: this is for real

And you thought Commentary Magazine would be J Street’s biggest critic. Think again. A group of pro-Greater Israel nationalists has taken it upon themselves to create Z Street, a right-wing organization formed to combat the “great danger to the Jewish State of Israel and, increasingly, …

The Conspiracy - July 14, 2009 1 Comment

From East of the Bank: Christain, Notzrim, Missihi

From the start of my home-stay in Amman, I made it clear that I was a practicing and self identifying Jew. I felt that this was an important first step in building an open relationship with my host family, as well as in exploring how my sense of identity could co-exist within an Arab household. I …

The Conspiracy - July 12, 2009 1 Comment

Military and Society in Israel

In his blog post from June 18, Aryeh Roskies wrote that in Israel “it is possible to construct a concrete secular Jewish identity.” His column focused on the struggle of preserving an authentic and vibrant Jewish culture in the absence of religious uniformity, and he mentioned Israel …

The Conspiracy - July 9, 2009 4 Comments

Taking Jewish Guilt Global

Where does our moral responsibility end? That was the question I confronted at Campus Progress‘s national conference yesterday in Washington, DC. Campus Progress, a division of the liberal flagship Center for American Progress, is a group dedicated to bringing the concerns of college students …

The Conspiracy - July 6, 2009 1 Comment

Worth a thousand words? You decide.

It’s hard to look. The Boston Globe’s photo blog, The Big Picture, advertises itself as “news stories in photographs.” The photojournalism is breathaking. The images are sharp and focused. They tell a story, and often, quite a moving one. But bear in mind that photojournalism …

The Conspiracy - July 3, 2009 1 Comment

Born on the 4th of July (Bris scheduled for the 12th)

It would have been nice if, in honor of July 4th, U. S. Independence Day, I wrote a sweeping, lyrical tribute to my American Jewish heritage. But as hard as I tried to come up with something awe-inspiring – combing through anecdotes about the Alamo and the text of “New Colossus” …

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