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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” …

The Conspiracy - July 3, 2009 0 Comments

Nostalgia and Identity

Last week, the ultra-Orthodox yeshiva high school where I teach marked the end of the year with a siyum, a celebration in honor of the completion of a tractate of the Talmud. Almost every male there wore a black hat, but I wore a crocheted kippah. It was clear that they were ultra-Orthodox and that …

The Conspiracy - July 2, 2009 1 Comment

The Death of the Jewish Cultural Vanguard

I was about to write a blog post about a giant Israeli cucumber, but then I decided to check my email. And what happens? First I see a JTA piece by Ben Harris about Jewish Hipsters, then I read a Tablet article by Wesley Yang about how Jews invented Rock n’ Roll. Yang’s argument …

The Conspiracy - July 1, 2009 3 Comments

Serving Justice, or Just Serving Jews

Yesterday, the Forward published this article on restitution for property confiscated from Jews by the Nazis and the Soviet Union. “In a significant gesture this week, 46 countries signed a declaration at the close of a Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague aimed at easing the restitution …

The Conspiracy - June 30, 2009 1 Comment

Congratulations, Judaism! Reality TV has chosen you to teach the most spoiled, hostile, and disrespectful teenagers a lesson. According to a recent article in Haaretz, BBC’s “The World’s Strictest Parents” recently filmed an episode in the Orthodox-only Israeli village of …

The Conspiracy - June 30, 2009 2 Comments

From East of the Bank: Meat, Basar, Lahem

I have found that I lack the necessary Arabic words to adequately describe the concept of “keeping kosher.” While the notion of vegetarianism may be generally accepted in Amman, for my home-stay mother, Madame Basma, such a lifestyle remains as foreign… as the …

The Conspiracy - June 29, 2009 0 Comments

Our Jewish Cadillac

On a Hillel-sponsored trip to Israel three and a half years ago I sat in a crowd of 45 students listening to Mark Regev, an Israeli government spokesman, speak about the challenges facing the PR operation of the Jewish State. After detailing strategy, obstacles and key issues Regev dismissed …

The Conspiracy - June 26, 2009 1 Comment

Judaism, On Demand

If your family is anything like mine, you already have Judaism on demand. Kugel recipes; memories of the Lower East Side; updates on the Brandeis art museum – I have it all push of a button: speed-dial to my 98-year-old great aunt, Jay, in Pompano Beach. But for folks without an on-call …

The Conspiracy - June 25, 2009 1 Comment

From East of the Bank: Wind, Ruach, Reh

I had never expected Amman to be such a windy city. Back home, as I packed my single duffle bag for my seven-week trip, I fretted over how I would balance modest dressing amid the inevitable, unbearable heat. I was headed to Amman to study Modern Standard Arabic (Fus-ha) and colloquial Jordanian …

The Conspiracy - June 24, 2009 4 Comments

The Yankees’ Day of Rest

This year, for better or worse, marks the 10th anniversary of the publishing of Kosher Sex, a book by self-billed “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach, who also happens to be Michael Jackson’s ex-spiritual advisor. Be that as it may, the book became a bestseller and its title …

The Conspiracy - June 23, 2009 0 Comments

College Jews and Liberal Views

I find that I’m often struggling to find a way to best answer a question that comes up so often now that I’m a college student: Why are colleges so liberal? Curious myself, I picked up a book titled One Party Classroom by David Horowitz. Horowitz argues that professors in the most …

The Conspiracy - June 22, 2009 0 Comments

Some Other Things to Worry About

Not to be a promoter of stereotypes, but Jews are good at worrying. I suppose that centuries of persecution have that effect. As a community, we have our usual concerns, many of which we’ve been worrying about for generations: anti-Semitism, assimilation, the future of the Jewish people, …

The Conspiracy - June 19, 2009 2 Comments

Silence, Meet Singularity

Summer brings with it a lot of dead air.  From beach traffic to bathroom lines at the ballpark, awkward silences lurk everywhere.  But fear not: just as you can arm yourself against sunburn and mosquitoes, you can prepare for lapses in conversation.  Enter Ray Kurzweil — Jewish …

The Conspiracy - June 16, 2009 10 Comments

Orthodox Judaism is moving–where?

In honor of my first blog post, I’m going to steer clear of all issues pertaining to elected Israeli officials, elected (maybe?) Iranian officials, and Holocaust museums. As important as these things are, I’ll wait to discuss the more controversial ideas bouncing around on this blog …

The Conspiracy - June 15, 2009 0 Comments

Bibi Netanyahu’s Baby Step

A few days ago, Daniel Temkin wrote optimistically about the potential for progress towards peace under Netanyahu and Obama, comparing the political climate to that of 1977 under Begin and Carter, when the Camp David Accords created a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt.  At the end of his …

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