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The Conspiracy - September 11, 2012 0 Comments

9/11: Past, Future and Today

It’s been 11 years since the day that shook America to the core, with aftershocks felt by every country around the world. In these 11 years, our country has changed: It’s grown harder and more cautious, but at the same time stronger and more understanding. We’ve gone to war, and worked to end …

The Conspiracy - September 6, 2012 0 Comments

Now Hiring! The Sequel: A Full-Time Opening

As we noted the other day, the glory days of journalism for pay are alive and well here at New Voices: We’re looking for current students interested in positions as blog editor, opinions editor and as staff writers. Full details on all that are over here. And as if that isn’t amazing …

The Conspiracy - September 4, 2012 0 Comments

Now Hiring Students: Staff Writers, Blog Editor, and Opinions Editor

There was a time when journalism attracted the best, the brightest, and the boldest. Journalists were brilliant and famous, changing the way the world saw the world. And yes, they even got paid for this. At New Voices, we’re keeping that era around. New Voices Magazine  is a national, …

The Conspiracy - August 16, 2012 0 Comments

In the shadow of the “Soul Doctor”

There’s something fundamentally Jewish about celebrating the lives of our great teachers. The challenge is in how we celebrate, whether with somber intention or with a sense of fun. JTA highlights an example of this debate in the musical “Soul Doctor,” which explores the life and …

The Conspiracy - August 6, 2012 0 Comments

Critics hit Matisyahu, he hits the road: a night in Grand Rapids

The last few weeks have been mixed for Matisyahu: from a successful album release, to the controversy surrounding his recent re-liberalizing. On his official Facebook page, the reggae star has started responding to critics who haven’t taken too kindly to his ditching the kippah and tzitzit …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - July 29, 2012 0 Comments

$50,000 a Plate? Romney’s Israel Fundraiser Too Steep for Me

Mitt Romney, presumptive Republican nominee for President, is in Israel now to hold high-level meetings with his “friend,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to host a fundraiser for high-rollers. I thought about going myself, but $50,000 a plate was a tad too steep for my taste. (Of …

The Conspiracy - July 20, 2012 0 Comments

A Conversation With Matisyahu (and Watch Him Live Today on YouTube!)

In light of his new record, “Spark Seeker,” out now, I interviewed over the phone Matisyahu to discuss his body of work, the recording process and his creative future. The intent was to approach the music, rather than the chatter surrounding Matisyahu’s appearance. For a taste of …

The Conspiracy - June 20, 2012 6 Comments

Study links Jewish and Native American genes

Where can you find the Jews? Thanks to the Diaspora, pretty much everywhere – and, according to recent genetic testing, there might be members of the Tribe in places we had never imagined. A new study of Colorado Native Americans has found that many of these individuals have the so-called …

The Conspiracy - June 11, 2012 0 Comments

First, a “BDS conference” at Penn… and now a “pinkwashing conference” at CUNY?

You may recall the “BDS conference” at the University of Pennsylvania earlier this year. Well, strap in folks, because an even more overly niche-y conference has the Jewish community crying foul. A report in the Algemeiner alerted me to this gem: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at …

The Conspiracy - May 18, 2012 0 Comments

Commencement Round-up [Graduation]

Some college graduates got treated to the cream of the crop of today’s politicians and leaders. Here’s a taste of what the Obamas, Romney and Biden’s wife told the Class of 2012. President Barack Obama at Barnard College Obama spoke to graduates of the all-women’s college in …

The Conspiracy - May 18, 2012 0 Comments

Reform rabbi on Israeli council; no Arabic allowed; and more. [Required Reading]

Reform rabbi added to religious council in Israel [Times of Israel] Mazel tov to the most recent addition to one of the many religious councils in Israel: a position typically held by Orthodox authorities. “Rabbi Alona Lisitsa said she did not feel hostility from the rest of the …

The Conspiracy - May 17, 2012 0 Comments

Orthodoxy, Isolation, and the Internet [Religion]

I’m sorry, but the Internet is here to stay. Source of endless amusement, endless frustration, and endless things you may or may not have ever wanted to know about (what up, Wikipedia), it’s an ever-important presence in the modern world. And I’m sorry Haredim, but you can’t …

The Conspiracy - May 17, 2012 0 Comments

Facebook co-founder renounces U.S. Citizenship; Ultra-Orthodox go offline; the future of the peace process, and more [Required Reading]

Facebook Co-Founder renounces U.S. Citizenship [Washington Post] Eduardo Saverin, the savvy entrepreuner who was one of the co-founders of Facebook, has renounced his United States citizenship to become a resident of Singapore. The move is drawing criticism from those who claim that Saverin’s …

The Conspiracy - May 16, 2012 0 Comments

#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement [Discourse]

Jewish tradition dictates the necessity of paying attention to language. More specifically, it admonishes those who use Lashon Hora, the evil language, in attacking their fellow man.  This may include libel, slander, and myriad other offenses that fall under the category of malicious falsehood. I …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - May 16, 2012 0 Comments

‘The Dictator’ speaks; Romney & the facts; Brooklyn College is Kosher; and more [Required Reading]

‘The Dictator’ talks Obama, Arab Spring, and more [Forward] Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter egos are famous for making a splash. And his latest project, a satire loosely based on the of the rule of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, is no exception. Forward Editor Dan Friedman has The …

The Conspiracy - May 15, 2012 0 Comments

Y-Love comes out [Music]

Today’s Required Reading is done, but this story was too great not to share. Y-Love, Orthodox rapper, has come out of the closet. While these kinds of stories can get old really fast due to their gossip-ready flair, this one is particularly touching because of the artist’s own thoughts …

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