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The Conspiracy - April 28, 2017 0 Comments

The Nights We Remember

My mom lights the Shabbat candles as she covers her eyes with the palms of her hands. The room is dark except for the light in the kitchen, a lamp in the dining room, and the yellow glow from the flames. “Baruch atah Hashem,” she recites the prayer alone, my sisters and I sitting in silent …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2017 1 Comment

An Open Letter to Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Dear Sean Spicer, You had to do it, didn’t you? You had to play the Holocaust card. With Steve Bannon watching smugly from his perch on the president’s shoulder, you held Hitler up as a model fascist, because at least he didn’t use chemical weapons. You said this on the first day of Passover. …

The Conspiracy - April 14, 2017 0 Comments

Hillel Isn’t Homophobic – It’s My Home

When I first came to Boston University in the fall of 2014, I split my time about evenly between two places – the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (CGSA), home to all the LGBT-centric groups on campus, and BU Hillel, the center of Jewish life. But as time went by, I gravitated more and …

The Conspiracy - April 6, 2017 0 Comments

The OSU Incident: The Problem Is Hillel’s Israel Policy

Ohio State University Hillel cut ties last week with an LGBTQ Jewish student organization, and possible homophobia is just the beginning of why it’s a problem. To recap, the split occurred after the group, B’nai Keshet, hosted an event to help queer refugees. They co-sponsored the event with …

The Conspiracy - April 6, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Allies, Don’t Downplay Anti-Semitism in Trump’s America

There are anti-Semites in the White House. They rank among the president’s closest advisors. Still, when I tell student activists that I feel unsafe in Trump’s America, I’m met with blank stares. I may be Jewish, sure, and everyone knows Jews have been persecuted. But in today’s student …

The Conspiracy - March 30, 2017 0 Comments

OSU Hillel Ousted Its Queer Group Over Israel Politics, and It’s Not Ok

LGBTQ Jews have long been on the front lines, fighting for social justice. We are found on every page of the LGBTQ movement, from Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to office in California, to Avram Finkelstein, who co-founded the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. We are found on every …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2017 0 Comments

5 Steps for Creating LGBTQ-Friendly Hillels

I saw women and men sitting across from each other at tables and sat on the ground in between to make my presence visible. It was awkward for all of us. Apparently the irony of a heteronormative speed dating event taking place next door to a gay bar was lost on my Hillel. But the event was more than …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - March 27, 2017 1 Comment

‘End Jewish Privilege’ – Left or Alt-Right Rhetoric?

In an oddball crossbreed between leftist language and retro anti-Semitic tropes, posters that read ‘End Jewish Privilege’ appeared on University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus earlier this month. The posters proclaimed, “Ending white privilege starts with ending Jewish …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - March 23, 2017 1 Comment

Do We Need to “Defund Islamophobia”?

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups deemed anti-Muslim by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Center for American Progress, alleges a new report from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Chicago. In a world where Muslims and Jews alike are …

The Conspiracy - March 21, 2017 0 Comments

Before Shutting Down Speakers, Do Your Research

If you dissent, I don’t mind. But leave your judgment here and see what you find: In New Voices last week, a great friend and classmate of mine, Sarah Asch, wrote a response to the protest of Charles Murray at Middlebury College, in which she blames the college administration for allowing Murray …

The Conspiracy - March 15, 2017 1 Comment

Shutting Down Charles Murray Wasn’t a Free Speech Issue

We’ve made a lot of headlines recently at Middlebury College. Most news coverage of the student protest resisting controversial speaker Charles Murray has been discouraging and demeaning – “Violent Student Mob in Vermont Shuts Down Charles Murray” and “Understanding the Angry Mob at …

The Conspiracy - March 15, 2017 0 Comments

Boston, Get Ready for a Purim-Themed Protest

On Purim, Jews celebrate a story of resistance. On Sunday, March 19, hundreds of Jews and Muslims, as well as young adults and students from Boston’s variety of faith and cultural communities, will do the same at #ProjectPurim: Resilience in Unity. Participants plan to flood the Harvard Science …

The Conspiracy - March 7, 2017 1 Comment

God Won’t Give Me My Anorexia Back

I lie in bed one night praying to God to end my pain. I ask him, “Please either let me die or take this eating disorder away from me.” I was in recovery from my anorexia for about a year and a half. But I unfortunately relapsed and found myself back in treatment. Six months later, I am fighting …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 23, 2017 0 Comments

The Middle Ground on Israel Went Missing

The American political sphere is more polarized than ever – and the discourse around Israel is no exception. The issue has recently become a popular talking point on both the far-left and the far-right, while centrists of both parties are pushed to the sidelines. While the far-left cries of a …

The Conspiracy - February 21, 2017 0 Comments

My Hillel Neglects Queer Jews

I came out to myself, and my wider community, during my sophomore year of college. Hillel was the first organization I was involved in on campus, and before I ever entered queer spaces, I came out at my Hillel. The reactions made me reflect on Hillel’s relationship with queer Jews and gave me with …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - February 16, 2017 0 Comments

Tu B’Shvat Thoughts: Bringing Mysticism Back

When Tu B’shvat comes around, I roll up my sleeves and prepare myself for the ritual tree planting, garden weeding, and litter collecting that has marked my Tu B’shvats of the past. My less observant, modern Jewish community taught me the holiday’s message of social justice in concrete terms: …

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