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The Conspiracy - April 3, 2013 0 Comments

ANNOUNCING: New Voices’ First Ever Essay Contest

We’re proud to announce our first ever Middle School/High School Israel Essay Contest. Every summer, thousands of high schoolers pile onto tour buses to traipse around the Holy Land. Some travelers return home spiritually awakened, others with a new view of Israel’s political climate. They come …

The Conspiracy - April 3, 2013 0 Comments

Dip the Matzoh in the (Parve) Chocolate

Now that Passover is over and we have 376 days to recuperate, it’s high time we make fun of that which is too real and dire to be funny during the holiday: the Passover snacks we swallow all too readily for 8 days a year. Our parents tell us all they had were those frightening jelly “fruit …

The Conspiracy - March 31, 2013 0 Comments

Take Back the Seder

It’s a challenge to have anything feel new and exciting after a few times of doing it. In a conversation that usually arises within the context of prayer, those of us who perform religious ceremonies often bemoan the impossibility of connecting emotionally to that which so easily becomes rote and …

The Conspiracy - March 31, 2013 2 Comments

“The Rebbetzin” Unveiled (A Bit)

Should a Modern Orthodox woman wear a skirt or pants? Should she eat vegetarian at a non-Kosher restaurant? Should she go to frat parties on Shabbat? To answer questions like these, one woman, who calls herself “The Rebbetzin,” started a blog a couple weeks ago called Frum in Skinny …

The Conspiracy - March 22, 2013 0 Comments

“The Party Won’t Stop Till Sunday Morn”

“Welcome to Atlanta, where the players play. Hope you can make my bar mitzvah day. Thirteen years since I was born, and the party won’t stop till Sunday morn.” Yes, that is actually the hook for Daniel (sans last name)’s Bar Mitzvah invitation. The difference? He raps the words in a music …

The Conspiracy - March 21, 2013 0 Comments

Raisman Cha Cha Cha’s Her Way To Second Place

Imagine my delight to see this face staring out at me as I browsed my morning newsfeeds. That’s right America, Aly Raisman is back in the spotlight. And girl can dance. Though last I heard she wanted to start her own fashion line, Aly is taking a short detour into a different world of heels and …

The Conspiracy - March 20, 2013 0 Comments

Why are there Pringles on my Head?

Headwear is kind of a big deal in Judaism. The accurate assertion is often made that, in Jerusalem, you can learn a lot of information about someone just by looking at what hats they wear. On college campuses, certain flat-brimmed baseball caps or the occasional fedora might tell you something about …

The Conspiracy - March 19, 2013 0 Comments

Why Castro Should Free Alan Gross

Alan Gross, a 64 year old Jewish contractor for the U.S. government pro-democracy program, USAID, has been held in Cuba since 2009 when he was arrested for bringing satellite phones with capability of connecting to the Internet to Cuba’s Jewish community as part of his USAID responsibilities. Cuba …

The Conspiracy - March 18, 2013 0 Comments

Catholic Leader Chosen; Jews Want Jewish Connection

In a winning moment for my boss, JTA sent out a News Alert on Wednesday that he had predicted hours earlier. Said boss, a certain David A.M. Wilensky, posted this on his Facebook wall at 3:21 PM, about an hour after the new pope was named: In Jewish newsrooms the world over: The new pope is …

The Conspiracy - March 15, 2013 0 Comments

This Naughty Bread Kinda Looks Like Hamentaschen

One of our tasks here at The Conspiracy is to bring our readers the latest in Jewish-themed content and commentary. Another is to keep abreast of the Internet’s many “Wow!” and “WTF?” moments. Sometimes, as if by the mighty hand of an evil god, the two beautifully …

The Conspiracy - March 14, 2013 0 Comments

Israelis and Their Prostate Porn

Every second, 28,258 people are viewing pornography. In China alone, the porn industry revenue is $27.4 billion. And every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States. (Thank you, porn statisticians.) Given the amount of time and energy put into porn—making it, watching it, …

The Conspiracy - March 14, 2013 0 Comments

Israelis Have Funny Names (See Below: Citrus Dolinsky)

I just read this terrific piece in Tablet about Yityish Aynaw, the newest Miss Israel — and the first Ethiopian woman to win the pageant. (“Asked by judges why she deserved the title, Aynaw said it was about time that a black woman wore the crown.”) Very moving, you should go read …

The Conspiracy - March 13, 2013 2 Comments

Andrew Blitman: The Voice of Our Jewish Generation?

Be yourself. It’s advice we’ve all heard before, and for the most part ignore—after all, it leads to those pesky questions like, “Who am I?” that no one wants to answer—but to Andrew Blitman, 22 year old author of two books and a successful blog, it’s the most important thing of all. A …

The Conspiracy - March 7, 2013 0 Comments

BuzzFeed’s Kosher Kick

BuzzFeed, that random website that sort of just shows up in your Facebook newsfeed from time to time, apparently has a bit of a thing for the Jews. From 31 Reasons Why Bar & Bat Mitzvahs Were The Best to 25 Delicious Ways To Use Matzoh (and believe me, they get pretty creative in that one), …

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 …

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