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The Conspiracy - May 15, 2012 0 Comments

Gay rabbis, Mormons and Conservative Jews; greening Tel Aviv; and more. [Required Reading]

Does Bugs Bunny have a thing against Arabs? [Tablet] In this piece from Tablet Magazine, Marc Tracy takes a look at some of the Arabic stereotypes in Bugs’ cartoons, in light of accusations that the work fuels hatred and mistrust of Arabs in general. “Thing is, she has a point! …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2012 0 Comments

Full Jewish Student Journalism Conference schedule — space and subsidies still available!

Space is still available for the 41st annual National Jewish Student Journalism Conference at the NYU Bronfman Center, May 20-22. Check it out on Facebook or register here. If you’re a Masa Israel alum, you’re eligible for a limited number of subsidies for the conference. (And the whole …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2012 0 Comments

Alpha Epsilon Pi and the real meaning of ‘Greek life’ [Fraternity]

I feel bad for the caretaker of Charles C. Moskowitz’s grave. The founding father of Alpha Epsilon Pi has probably made a racket rolling around the past month, as his progeny at Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania have smeared the reputation of his fraternity. These hazing …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2012 0 Comments

Jews See Far-Right Rise in Hungary, Again

The decimated, post-Holocaust Jewish population of Eastern Europe is the main concern for a number of Jewish activists in the region, but for András (the S is pronounced like “sh”) Ligeti a representative of Hungarian Union of Jewish Students, it isn’t the number of Jews in Hungary that’s …

The Conspiracy - May 14, 2012 1 Comment

Sci-Fi & the Jews; Mother’s Day; the Internet; and more. [Required Reading]

Haredim and the Internet… part whatever [Haaretz] Hmm… so it’s tough to know what to make of it, but whatever you think, it’s an intriguing report. Maya Epstein writes: “To put things into proportion, both the Arab and Haredi communities are relatively impoverished, …

The Conspiracy - May 11, 2012 0 Comments

Feminist theologian ordained; Israel and marriage equality; and more. [Required Reading]

Is ‘TED’ all it’s cracked up to be? [Tablet] In this piece from Tablet Magazine, Liel Leibovitz explores the popularity of the TED series of educational videos, and claims that the TED-Ed program (new from the series) leaves some things to be desired: “Which is not to say …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - May 10, 2012 0 Comments

Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage; and more [Required Reading]

Obama Supports Gay Marriage [ABC News] The president came out in favor of same sex marriage yesterday, declaring in an interview with ABC News that he believes same-sex couples should be able to be married. Obama’s announcement, after years of equivocation, comes on the heels of the passage …

The Conspiracy - May 9, 2012 0 Comments

New Matisyahu? Yup yup. [Musik]

With the announcement that Jewish reggae/rapper/pop artist Matisyahu would be releasing a new album on July 17th (Spark Seeker, be there or be… not there) came the news that the artist would also offer a free download of its lead single. Above is the video. Click through for more info on how …

The Conspiracy - May 9, 2012 0 Comments

School warns of ‘crafty’ Jews; counter-protests; the Rabbinical Assembly; and more. [Required Reading]

Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall, featured on CNN [Umm, CNN?] This is a little late in coming, but this great piece about Anat Hoffman, women’s rights in Israel, etc., is currently on the CNN “Amanpour” blog. Written by Samuel Burke, this is one of the widest recent exposures of …

The Conspiracy - May 8, 2012 0 Comments

Maurice Sendak, Remembered [Z”L]

As John so eloquently posted yesterday, the death of a celebrity always leads to an outpouring of grief, real or feigned. Maurice Sendak’s profound influence on children over the past fifty years stands on its own. And if I may hypothesize, someone who spent so much of his life breaking …

The Conspiracy - May 8, 2012 0 Comments

Jewish ‘Avengers’; Maurice Sendak passes at 83; Coalition governments, and more [Required Reading]

Jewish ‘Avengers’ [JTA] As the latest round of superhero adaptations makes its way into theaters, JTA harks back to its Jewish roots, which this time, go further than the creators. The Avengers was a handle taken on by a group of Jewish resistance fighters in Lithuania during World War …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - May 7, 2012 1 Comment

Frank v. Kristol: Two smart Jews debate the election

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said this is not the first time he’s been invited to defended GOP positions in front of Jewish audiences. “Not a pretty sight,” he said. It made sense that, as Kristol debated Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) in front of the 2012 American Jewish Committee’s …

The Conspiracy - May 7, 2012 0 Comments

Remembering Adam Yauch… by discovering the Beastie Boys [Honesty]

Anytime an entertainer (actor, musician, novelist, you name it) passes away, it seems the collective culture leaps up and cries, “They were one of my favorites!” See the Internet on Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Davy Jones, Dick Clark, et cetera. There’s nothing …

The Conspiracy - May 7, 2012 0 Comments

Bob Marley and ‘Zion’; Beastie Boy passes; and more. [Required Reading]

Bob Marley’s heirs to Israeli MK: “Stop using ‘Iron Lion Zion’” [Haaretz] Given the title of the Bob Marley song, it’s probably a given that someone might think to use it for Israel-related material (propaganda or otherwise). But it seems a recent use of the song has …

The Conspiracy - May 4, 2012 1 Comment

Civil marriage the path to better conversion policy in Israel?

(Above, an otherwise unrelated video of Rabbi David Rosen talking about Hindus) The American Jewish Committee Global Forum, currently underway here in the basement of the Washington D.C. Grand Hyatt, is full of impressive people. In the span of 30 seconds at last night’s reception, I spotted …

The Conspiracy - May 4, 2012 0 Comments

Obama To Honor Famous Jews and Righteous Gentile [Mazel Tov!]

Bob Dylan, Madeleine Albright, Shimon Peres and Jan Karski will all receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this summer. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation,” …

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