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The Conspiracy - December 30, 2016 0 Comments

Is Giving Presents a Jewish Tradition?

Gift-giving on Chanukah is so popular a custom that we rarely stop to think about it. Why do we do it? Are we just copying Christmas, or is there some Jewish tradition present in the act of gift-giving? (No pun intended.) To find out how gift-giving became such a prominent aspect of Chanukah, we …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - December 29, 2016 0 Comments

What’s the Real Gift of Chanukah?

What are you getting for Chanukah this year? I don’t mean the gifts you’re anxiously awaiting in your mailbox, though gift giving on Chanukah is actually an ancient tradition. I mean, what really is the gift of Chanukah? Is it freedom? Is it independence? Is it survival? Is it the ability to …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 28, 2016 0 Comments

David Friedman Would Be a Disaster as Ambassador

The advertisement is deceptively simple – a darkened image of Donald Trump smiling next to David Friedman, overlaid with four block-lettered words, the last in red: “He Called You Kapos.” This is J Street’s latest ad campaign, a stark reminder of the abuse that Trump’s pick for U.S. …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 28, 2016 0 Comments

Give Ambassador David Friedman a Chance

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump nominated campaign adviser and bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel. The appointment was understandably controversial in the Jewish community; Friedman’s stances on pertinent Israel issues are abhorrent to the Jewish left and …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - December 27, 2016 0 Comments

An Israeli Chef Brings “Balaboosta” Back

I consider myself a balaboosta in training, as my Bubbe would say, using the Yiddish word for a Jewish homemaker who has it together. For this reason, my Torah of trying to cook food for family is The New York Times’ best-selling cookbook “Balaboosta” by feminist Israeli chef Einat Admony.   …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 26, 2016 0 Comments

In Defense of My Americanized Chanukah

When I was little, I looked forward to the day in December when my dad asked us to dig the “Chanukah box” out of the attic. Out came the electric menorah to put in our window, the glitzy blue and silver garland of dreidels and Jewish stars to hang on our bannister, several rolls of …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 21, 2016 0 Comments

Why Religion Matters – With or Without God

Original version published on whoknowsoneblog.wordpress.com. Is there something that faith brings to our society that we would lack if we lived in a world without religion? To the person who has perfect belief in God or a specific religion, this question seems silly. In their minds, of course the …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 15, 2016 1 Comment

Are We White Right Now?

After the election, my friend’s younger brother called from Israel. “Are we white?” he asked. Her immediate response was, “Not anymore.” As I listened to my friend talk about this exchange, I wasn’t sure which part was more telling, the question or the answer. The question – how we fit …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 6, 2016 0 Comments

Secretary of State Candidate John Bolton Won’t Bend on Israel Policy

Let’s play a game of “Who Said It? Secretary of State John Kerry or Secretary of State Candidate John Bolton?” (The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence last Thursday and met with President-elect Donald Trump last Friday.) On the One vs. …

The Conspiracy - November 30, 2016 0 Comments

“What Are You Going to Do With a History Major?”

Originally published in The Commentator, the official student newspaper of Yeshiva University. As a history major, I’m often asked, “What are you going to do with that?” This question reflects a dismissive attitude toward the study of history. Although such a view is understandable – as …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - November 29, 2016 0 Comments

Meet Jewish Wizards in “Fantastic Beasts”

At first glance, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” seems like a movie made on a wild dare. It’s based on the fictional tome by magical zoologist Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. Some may remember the 128-page encyclopedia written by Rowling in 2001 along with …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 28, 2016 0 Comments

Protest as an Act of Prayer

My feet are aching, but I keep walking. I’m stopping 4 a.m. traffic, clogging Pittsburgh’s throughways as I march through the streets, screaming, “Trump is not my president.” My toes start to blister as I hear the sound of 2,000 feet stomping with me. It’s been days since that “me” …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 24, 2016 0 Comments

In Defense of Challaween and Fall Holiday Fusions

With Thanksgiving here and Halloween behind us, ‘tis the season to discuss the role of secular holidays in our Jewish lives on campus. Hillels across the country work to keep college students engaged in Jewish programming and within a Jewish community while they are away from home. They are …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 23, 2016 0 Comments

Is the Other Side as Stupid as You Think?

Original version published on whoknowsoneblog.wordpress.com. With our country divided, and the finger pointing showing no sign of decreasing, we need to step back and wonder, what led to this national split? The answer goes beyond this election and ultimately lies deeply rooted in …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 14, 2016 0 Comments

We Can Fight Our Fear of Trump’s America

Original version published on the blog “floating, falling, flying.”  The election of a United States president should not be met with fear. I am in Tacoma, Washington, where the sky is usually cloudy, gray, and dripping with rain. Today, though, the clear blue sky seems to be taunting …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 11, 2016 0 Comments

Our Institutions Will Survive Trump

I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf. But I do worry about the people that voted for him. Last week on “Real Time” with Bill Maher – a primary news and politics outlet for a huge number of my peers – David Frum of The Atlantic made a plea to all those millennials who …

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