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The Conspiracy - June 3, 2009 2 Comments

Driving the Jewish conversation

Our post last week on Rabbi Manis Friedman’s statement to Moment magazine calling for the murder of Palestinian civilians seems to have generated a bunch of attention. The JTA and Failed Messiah linked to us on Monday, and tonight both the Forward and the JTA have features on Friedman’s …

The Conspiracy - June 1, 2009 2 Comments

A New Blog for New Voices

Welcome to the future. We may not have flying cars or a baller Starship Enterprise to battle aliens but as of today, the New Voices blog will be taking its content to the next level. Now, when you visit our site, you’ll find new blog posts every day by a group of writers from around the …

The Conspiracy - June 1, 2009 2 Comments

Orthodox Women to be Trained as Sort of-Almost-Maybe Rabbis?

In March, Rabbi Avi Weiss, the founder and president of a liberal Orthodox rabbinical school, effectively ordained Sara Hurwitz as the first female Orthodox rabbi- but without giving her the title of “rabbi.”  Though her course of study was the same as that of the men in the …

The Conspiracy - May 27, 2009 2 Comments

The Riverdale Bombers: Should we worry?

The arrest last Wednesday of four would-be terrorists at the scene of an attempted synagogue bombing in Riverdale shook some communal nerves. Briefly, the as-yet unrealized nightmare of a full-fledged American synagogue bombing seemed real, and the countermeasures employed by major New York …

The Conspiracy - May 22, 2009 6 Comments

Meet Rebecca.

In the Fall 2007 Issue of New Voices, Chloe Safier asked a question that raised debate among readers and attracted tons of traffic to our website.  The question? “Why Is There No Jewish American Girl Doll?” Today our question is finally answered, and not just by a clueless Mattel PR …

The Conspiracy - May 21, 2009 28 Comments

Chabad rabbi to Moment: “Destroy [Muslim] holy sites”

In the latest issue of Moment magazine (which features a cover story by New Voices contributor Jeremy Gillick), a group of American rabbis respond to the question, “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” Most of the responses emphasize equality, morality, and restraint. Then a …

The Conspiracy - May 18, 2009 0 Comments

Schumer to appear at one-state rally

Jewschool has the story: According to a full-page advertisement in The Forward, available as a pdf here, New York Senator Charles Schumer will be making a “Special Appearance” at an event in Central Park that apparently opposes a two-state solution, is opposed to negotiations over …

The Conspiracy - May 15, 2009 5 Comments

Why Mine That Bird should lose the Preakness

Horseracing is a disorienting sport for the unschooled spectator. We’re used to experiencing sporting events within one of a few of dramatic frameworks: the underdog perseveres, an indomitable spirit spurs forgotten athlete to greatness, teamwork lifts mediocre players to victory, etc. Each …

The Conspiracy - May 15, 2009 0 Comments

A Jewish Student Magazine Summit

The third and final audio recording from the 38th Annual National Jewish Student Journalism Conference is posted below. In this segment, editors of five Jewish campus publications talk about their trade. Speakers included representatives from The Shpiel, Schmooze Magazine, the Commentator, Avanim, …

The Conspiracy - May 15, 2009 1 Comment

Nation Magazine Student Writing Contest

This just in from the good folks at the Nation. Not a particularly imaginative question, but definitely a great opportunity. I wish we had $5000 to give away in a contest. 2009 Nation Student Writing Contest How has the recession affected you, your family or someone you know? Essays should not …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2009 0 Comments

Covering Israel in the Jewish Community

Live from the 38th Annual National Jewish Student Journalism Conference, a conversation between J.J. Goldberg of the Forward, Eyal Press of the Nation, and Michael Weiss of Nextbook about covering Israel as Jewish journalists. Download their conversation by clicking on the following link: Covering …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2009 6 Comments

Lubavitch T-Pain Flies Mesichist Colors

A pretty cool new video out yesterday from frum hip-hop powerhouse Shemspeed, featuring Y-Love and DeScribe. I saw these guys perform at the Shemspeed showcase at 92YTribeca while researching our story on Aharit Hayamim. I liked their set (though not as much as Eprhyme and Shir Yaakov‘s …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2009 0 Comments

Conference Coverage!

Cheers to Phillip Eil, a participant in the 38th Annual National Jewish Student Journalism Conference and a journalist for The Jewish Voice and Herald. Eil recently published a piece about the conference in an account sprinkled with excellent quotes and details proving that he was definitely paying …

The Conspiracy - May 13, 2009 0 Comments

Sieradski, Valley, and Koenig: A Podcast

Missed out on the 38th Annual National Jewish Student Journalism Conference? That sucks. We had a nice time. You should have been there. Fortunately, we recorded some of the best parts. We’ll be posting podcasts from the conference over the next few days. For now, you can download a …

The Conspiracy - May 12, 2009 0 Comments

The Culture Wars

Those of you who get New Voices in the mail know the Kulturkampf, a colorful matrix that we use to say mean things about bad Jewish pop culture. The spring Kulturkampf just went online here. The December edition is here. The February edition is only available in print. If you’re upset you …

The Conspiracy - May 11, 2009 5 Comments

Of Vulcans and Jews

Despite a brief dalliance with Voyager, I’ve never been a Star Trek guy. Forgive me, then, if I’m restating the obvious. Also, spoiler alert, or whatever. I gather that there’s long been a vague association between the Vulcans and the Jews, based mostly on the Cohenic origins of …

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