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The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 29, 2014 3 Comments

My Jewish Masculinity is not Disposable

My egalitarianism started out as a compromise: it gave me most of the traditional liturgy and observance I’d grown up around, while also giving me the modernity and progressive attitudes I’d been surrounded by for most of my life. It allowed me to cling to the tradition of my childhood and the …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 22, 2014 0 Comments

In Defense of Hanukkah

Hanukkah gets a bad rap. It is seen as the most Americanized of the Jewish holidays and as the Jewish pinnacle of consumerism and indulgence. On top of that, when looking closer at the Hanukkah story, we see a radical, anti-assimilationist militant group that, in reality, ended up embracing the …

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 17, 2014 3 Comments

Remembering Korach, or On The Danger of Open Hillel

Eric Fingerhut, you take too much upon yourself. The CEO of Hillel International could not resist taking a swipe at the ever-growing Open Hillel movement in his speech to the Hillel General Assembly, comparing us to Korach and his band of rebels. Korach, and by implication, Open Hillel, initiated a …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - December 15, 2014 1 Comment

5 Ways to Make Jewish Life Less ‘Clichéd’ from an Actual Millennial

  I am a Millennial. I say this proudly. I dance around Jewish tradition, modernity, and practice in a way that Millennials do. I whole-heartedly enjoy my status as a Generation Y’er. At the same time, however, I really don’t like how much of the conversation about how to engage my peers is …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - December 11, 2014 2 Comments

When Will the Federations Let Millennials Speak for Themselves?

I came to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly (JFNAGA) for two reasons: I love the Jewish community, and I am a Zionist who firmly believes in a Jewish and democratic state of Israel with internationally recognized borders living alongside a Palestinian state. I was excited …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 9, 2014 1 Comment

Mourning Far From Home: A Jew in the Motherland

My father (z”l) died quite suddenly last month. He was young, 57, and had appeared so happy and so healthy. During his final hours, I got the call to come home. I went back to the States for the funeral and shiva. It’s been tough. I was really close with my father – he was a great dad: …

The Conspiracy - December 8, 2014 0 Comments

This Week, I Have Nothing to Say

  This past week has left me, and many others, searching for answers to questions I only recently realized I had. What follows is a series of thoughts that I had over the last ten days. Privilege, at perhaps its most basic and functional iteration, is the ability to wake up in the morning and feel …

Gender Week, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 25, 2014 1 Comment

The Flipside to De-gendering Ritual: Continuing the Conversation

Last week was New Voices’ #GenderWeek, and many of us (including yours truly) chose to write about the gendering of Jewish ritual, as well as the need to de-gender — or create a new paradigm for— ritual and gender performances. At the same time, however, part of what draws me to rituals seen …

Campus & Community, Gender Week, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 19, 2014 0 Comments

Is College Compatible With Orthodox Gender Laws?

As an Orthodox person who attended an all-girls high school, single-sex spaces basically defined my life for four years. Keeping with the general attitude of the right-wing Orthodox community toward gender relations, students at my school were actively discouraged from associating with boys, who …

Campus & Community, Gender Week, The Conspiracy - November 18, 2014 0 Comments

Privilege, Gender, and Jewish Students

Last year, one of the clubs that I am a part of in school decided to hold a “Smashing the Patriarchy” workshop, to work on our group’s internal dynamics. To my mind, this was completely unnecessary. The group governed by consensus, and we were roughly half male and half female. It seemed to …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 13, 2014 1 Comment

What Can Marmite Tell Us About Diaspora? – A Jew in the Motherland

  It was certainly one of the stranger Jewish conversations I have had. (Mind you, I have had many.) There I was in Oxford after a hearty Sabbath lunch, walking in the beauty of Christ Church Meadow, chatting with a new friend about food. At a moment, he turned to me and said, “You said …

The Conspiracy - November 10, 2014 2 Comments

On Dress Codes and the Abdication of Privilege

In middle school (thankfully not high school), “tzitzit checks” were a common feature of my morning. The boys in first period Judaics were required to prove to our teacher and anyone who might ask over the course of the day that that we were following the dress code by wearing tzitzit. Failure …

The Conspiracy - November 5, 2014 0 Comments

Embracing Uncertainty: Why You Don’t Need To Have Everything Figured Out

Do you ever get so overwhelmed about your future that you want to just stop what you’re doing, run out into a field and scream, “WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE?!?” Yeah. That’s about where I am right now. I left Yellowstone National Park three weeks ago, where I was working seasonally. …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 3, 2014 0 Comments

Why I’m Tired of Hearing About Chickenshitgate (And Can We Please Not Make That a Thing?)

I’ll be the first in line to comment on the policies of the Israeli government, and the first in line to criticize those policies, be they negotiations or the stronghold that the religious right holds on social policies in Israel. I’ve openly stated that I believe that the Netanyahu …

New Voices Editorial, The Conspiracy - October 30, 2014 1 Comment

Collapsing Towers: Liveblogging my Quarrel with Haaretz

Though I don’t agree with them on everything (no one should agree with anything on everything), I ordinarily like Haaretz. I also normally find writing in to complain a bit gauche. Whether it’s about food, internet service, or editorial positions, I usually either don’t think …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 29, 2014 0 Comments

We Are All Images of God: How I Will Beat Anorexia

I grew up knowing that one of the most important values is to honor one’s body. I learned that I was made in the image of God and that made my body holy. I have never felt that way, though. I have always felt that my body is disgusting, something to be ashamed of, not worthy of being loved or …

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