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The Conspiracy - March 7, 2013 0 Comments

The Bible Gets Itself Some Badass Ninja Angels

Like 13.1 million other people, I tuned in to watch the History Channel’s new miniseries, The Bible. Unlike most of them, it seems, I tuned out after the first five minutes to watch something else. (Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is now on DVD, and I missed it during the theatrical …

The Conspiracy - March 6, 2013 0 Comments

Israel Gets Its Very Own Hebrew Playboy

My friend Kyle emailed me earlier this morning with the subject line “Baruch Hashem.” And baruch hashem indeed. As AP reports, Hugh Heffner’s vast pornographic empire has finally extended its titillating grasp to the olive-lined land of our brethren: Playboy, the 60-year-old …

The Conspiracy - February 28, 2013 0 Comments

Lena Dunham Charms My Pants Off, Keeps Hers On

Lena Dunham was nothing like I expected her to be in real life, and everything I hoped she would be.  I attended the Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball last night, held in the Park Avenue Armory, where, surrounded by hundreds of rich white people, I felt completely out of my element. I was there to see …

The Conspiracy - February 27, 2013 0 Comments

The Bullies, the Bullied, and Their Permanent Scars

If you’ve ever been alive—and the fact that you’re reading this article is a fairly strong indicator that you currently are—then you know someone who’s been bullied, and you probably know someone who’s been the bully. You might even be one—or both—of those people. If you were, we …

The Conspiracy - February 26, 2013 0 Comments

You’ll be Old One Day, Hopefully

“Oh, weaker resistance, slower reflexes, Amycus,” said Dumbledore. “Old age, in short… one day, perhaps it will happen to you… if you are lucky.” – J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” As college students, we often spend the majority of …

The Conspiracy - February 25, 2013 0 Comments

Four Decades: Jewish Students ‘Press’ on at UCSC

New Voices has been around since 1991, but the organization that publishes New Voices, the Jewish Student Press Service, has been around since 1970. In the 70s, as I wrote for last Monday’s edition of Jewniverse, there were hundreds of independent Jewish student publications on campuses all …

The Conspiracy - February 25, 2013 0 Comments

Being Jewish Used to Be Enough

I recently saw a French film, the title of which translated into The Rabbi’s Cat. This movie, set in colonial Algiers, explored the place of Jews in the world: the place of the Jews among a secular colonial power, among Christians and Muslims of all sorts, and among themselves. Do black Jews in …

The Conspiracy - February 22, 2013 0 Comments

Purim Pieces Palooza

Here at New Voices, we’re very excited about Purim, as we’re sure you must be as well (take that as an order). After all, what’s not to like? Baked goods + costumes + alcohol + heartwarming story of good vs. evil = one hell of a good time. So pretty much everyone on our masthead funneled that …

The Conspiracy - February 21, 2013 0 Comments

I Don’t Want to be a Slutty Crayon

“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it,” says Cady in that memorable scene from Mean Girls (admittedly, pretty much every scene from Mean Girls is memorable). What follows is a parade of high school girls, …

The Conspiracy - February 20, 2013 0 Comments

Mordecai Unchained: Tarantino, Haman, and the Catharsis of Violence

Some four years ago, when I left my home in the humid Georgia foothills for college in the snowy Midwest, a member of my family gave me two pieces of advice: “Number one: If someone hits you, or hurts you, you get ‘em back,” they said. “Stand up and don’t let ‘em win. “Number two: …

The Conspiracy - February 19, 2013 0 Comments

Candy Cane Cheese Cake Hamantaschen? Yes.

The times that I’ve made Hamantaschen in the past have always been in an affectionate haste around my kitchen table, with my grandmother’s well-worn cookbook pinned down by two generations of elbows and floury fingers. My mother and I flutter around the kitchen in hazy swirls, looking …

The Conspiracy - February 14, 2013 0 Comments

From Yeshiva to Public School and Back Again

In the religious world, non-Jewish schools (all considered “public” in casual conversation) are regarded with such a level of contempt and repugnance one would think that they exist exclusively in the lowest depths of hell. They are reserved for kids who are off the derech, from fucked up …

The Conspiracy - February 14, 2013 0 Comments

Overcoming My Eating Disorder, Publicly

This articles deals with the topic of eating disorders and may be triggering to some people The Beacon, an online publication for the Orthodox Jewish community (and, incidentally, the paper I helped start two years ago), is tackling an important issue this month, with first-person narratives and …

The Conspiracy - February 13, 2013 1 Comment

Five Jewish Dating Sites Whose Names Don’t Rhyme With Day Jate

Though the Yelp-like app Lulu, which invites women to publicly review and rate men in a number of categories, has yet to be adapted to a Jewish version, we Jews have no shortage of creative ways to meet and mingle with the opposite gender using our smartphones. Everyone knows about (the many, many) …

The Conspiracy - February 12, 2013 0 Comments

The Future, As Said By Some Girls and Bridesmaids

As I look out my window, all I can see is graduation approaching. And maybe the off-white dregs of the gargantuam blizzard that hit on Friday. And yes, my street remains unplowed. But I digress. Graduation. Leaving this student house, these student classes, this student food behind and finally …

The Conspiracy - February 11, 2013 0 Comments

Sarah Silverman, the Pope and Some Editors Walk Into an Email…

Get excited. This is a special behind-the-scenes-at-New-Voices blog post. It’s also an excuse to post the above video here on The Conspiracy. You excited? You ready? This how the sausage gets made at New Voices: I saw something on Facebook about how Sarah Silverman’s sister, Rabbi …

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