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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 …

The Conspiracy - June 12, 2009 0 Comments

Barack Versus Bibi

In a blog post from earlier this week, Ben Sales suggested that the tension between supporters and opponents of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is nothing new. I would argue that the current tension between Washington and Jerusalem is a new and alarming development, one which should concern all …

The Conspiracy - June 11, 2009 0 Comments

What We Choose to Do

 My friend Ari Roskies made the case on this blog two days ago that President Obama should have criticized oppresive Islamist regimes for requiring women to wear hijabs, or traditional head-coverings, in addition to defending what should be the right of women to do so in western countries. Ari …

The Conspiracy - June 11, 2009 0 Comments

Jewlicious on the tragedy in D.C.

A great tragedy in D.C. yesterday, as a neo-Nazi murdered an African-American security guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The neo-Nazi was 88, the numerology of which will not be lost on white supremacists. As we mourn Stephen Tyrone Johns, a thought. There’s been much attention given to …

The Conspiracy - June 10, 2009 0 Comments

Bar Mitzvahs jump the shark

We asked for it.

h/t JTA

The Conspiracy - June 8, 2009 1 Comment

Mazel Tov on Your Beer Mitzvah

The Shmaltz Brewing Company, known for its He’brew: The Chosen Beer, is celebrating its thirteenth anniversary with a special new brew, The Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah.  It will feature 13 hops, 13 malts, and a 13% alcohol content.  In addition to the 13-themed beer, Shmaltz is running a …

The Conspiracy - June 7, 2009 1 Comment

Settle This

Here we go again. In what the New York Times calls a historic shift, President Obama has called for the limiting of settlements in the West Bank. And so no one was surprised to hear loads of   criticism from the right, this one courtesy of the ever-ideological Caroline Glick. The truth is …

The Conspiracy - June 5, 2009 5 Comments

Oh god.

Stupid racist Jewish college students on the streets of Jerusalem, from Max Blumenthal via Philip Weiss. The video blew me away. I don’t know what to make of it. In a recent editorial, I argued that our generations’ attitudes towards Israel are, for various historical reasons, more …

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