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The Conspiracy - October 2, 2017 0 Comments

Remembering Jewish LGBT Activist Edie Windsor, a Woman of Valor

A version of this article was published in Times of Israel. Edie Windsor, who passed away last month at 88, will be remembered as many things – a hero, an icon, a trailblazer, and also rarely emphasized, Jewish. Yes, the same Edie Windsor who led the fight in overturning the Defense of Marriage …

The Conspiracy - September 29, 2017 1 Comment

The Day After Yom Kippur, You’ll Find Me Marching

As I reflect on this past year, moments of crisis stand out in my mind. I think about the ways in which God has tested me and my community. I think about experiencing a surreal and seemingly endless stream of challenges, pushing me to stand for my Jewish values that suddenly felt under attack. Even …

The Conspiracy - September 28, 2017 0 Comments

Why I’m Eating This Yom Kippur

Throughout college, I struggled with an eating disorder. In many ways, it first manifested itself during Yom Kippur freshman year. From there, it was a downward spiral into self-hatred, an obsession with calories, and compensatory cardio. Four Yom Kippurs in a row, I fasted too easily. The challenge …

The Conspiracy - September 27, 2017 1 Comment

The Fight For Racial Justice Starts at Home

On Oct. 1, I’m going to the March For Racial Justice in Providence, Rhode Island – and my motivation for participating has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. For me, this march isn’t about the history of Jewish persecution. It’s about not only standing in solidarity with people marginalized …

The Conspiracy - September 26, 2017 0 Comments

Student Leaders Move the Campus Conversation Beyond Israel

Jewish students are ready to talk about more than Israel. How do I know? I asked a room full of Jewish student leaders. Earlier this month, Jewish activists from eight tri-state campuses gathered at NYU for the American Union of Jewish Students #CampusTentNYC Town Hall, a student-led effort to …

The Conspiracy - September 18, 2017 1 Comment

I Won’t Forgive Sexual Harassment This Yom Kippur

In the weeks leading up to Yom Kippur, I go through all my Facebook friends and determine who needs an apology. I write dozens upon dozens of apology emails full of pleas for forgiveness and willingness to move forward. This year, Yishai – let’s call him that – sent me such an email, but …

The Conspiracy - September 15, 2017 0 Comments

Dear Teachers, We Have an Israel Education Problem

Dear Jewish educators, First, I would like to thank you for dedicating your lives to helping students like me understand faith and tradition. Thank you for allowing me to develop life-long friendships, for allowing me to grow my creativity and for patiently fielding my questions. Thank you for …

New Vices, The Conspiracy - September 5, 2017 3 Comments

Lists of Colleges For Jewish Students, Ranked

In the Jewish world, this has been a school year of many lists – particularly lists of the best and worst colleges for Jews. As the one and only national online magazine for Jewish college students, we’ve decided to add our voice to the mix and create a list of our own – a ranking of the worst …

The Conspiracy - August 30, 2017 0 Comments

Hillel International, Don’t Define “Pro-Israel” For Us

When I was a student at Wesleyan University, the Jewish community was my home. It was a safe space to question, to deepen and nuance my connection to Israel/Palestine, and to learn to articulate my own beliefs about Judaism through hearing a variety of others’. Essentially, it was a place where …

The Conspiracy - August 24, 2017 0 Comments

What Do Jewish Millennials Want to Read?

Originally published in New Jersey Jewish News. “What do Jewish millennials want to read?” “What’s going on in the minds of future Jewry?” As the editor of New Voices, I field these questions constantly — at conferences, Shabbat tables, blind dates, and board meetings. Thankfully, …

The Conspiracy - August 23, 2017 0 Comments

10 Ways Jewish Students Can Join The Resistance

Originally published in The Forward. Watching the events of these past weeks unfold, we were confronted with a feeling of desperation. Nazis rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and anti-Black slogans, threatening a synagogue. The president of the United …

The Conspiracy - August 18, 2017 1 Comment

Fighting BDS Shouldn’t Be Our First Concern

Originally published in The Jewish Exponent. For the past year and a half, I have served as president of the student board of Hillel at Temple University. Over the course of my time on board, I’ve seen students plan weekly Shabbat dinners, various types of holiday programming (including the …

The Conspiracy - August 17, 2017 0 Comments

To the Alt-Right – From the Grandson of Holocaust Survivors

Originally published at Red Alert Politics.  At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference, I passed by prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer, who beforehand said, “Effectively, any policy, idea, or belief that is markedly right-wing and traditional — that evokes identity, power, …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 25, 2017 0 Comments

Can We Stop Calling Campus a War Zone?

“Where do you go to school?” “UC Berkeley.” “UC Berkeley? Wow, the front line. You students are fighting an important battle over there. Keep it up!” I can’t tell you how many times I had this conversation – at shuls, Shabbat tables, even half a world away in Jewish communities …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 13, 2017 0 Comments

We’re Not Talking About BDS, So Why Are You?

Dear Jewish community, So, you wanna understand Israel/Palestine debates on campus. The first thing you have to do is stop talking about BDS. Shocking, right? We try. But really, BDS doesn’t summarize what Israel conversations on campus are all about these days. BDS measures on major campuses are …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - July 11, 2017 0 Comments

Social Media Was Bad For My Judaism

Our generation has created two gods. One of them is Facebook. Bold statement, right? But let me explain: There is a real G-d and a god we have created in our own (albeit distorted) image, and we dubbed that god “social media.” We spend all our time on it and use it to engage in self-worship. It …

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