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The Conspiracy - April 10, 2012 0 Comments

Facebook buys Instagram; New reality show follows unorthodox; Focusing on community college, and more [Required Reading]

Focusing on Community College [USA Today] Community College is no longer the subject of the hilarious NBC sitcom above. New government funding and a dearth of skills in several expanding areas has led to increased enrollment in community colleges offering technical and vocational skills that some …

The Conspiracy - April 9, 2012 5 Comments

Here’s the thing about modesty… [Um, Modesty?]

There’s a lot of talk about personal modesty as it applies to the religious life. Religions around the world often encourage a codified form of dress to distinguish their practitioners from “the rest of us.” Fights over the Muslim hijab are excellent examples of the firestorms …

The Conspiracy - April 9, 2012 0 Comments

Talking about Beit Shemesh; inequality indexes; kosher cola; and more. [Required Reading]

“We need to talk about Beit Shemesh” [Sh’ma] In this article from Sh’ma, Laura Frank explores the connections between true modesty (an ambiguous idea) and the misogyny of many ultra-Orthodox Jews. Can a balance between inner and outer appearance, and the implications of …

The Conspiracy - April 6, 2012 1 Comment

Cross-dressing ‘rebbetzin’ wants an apple on the seder plate

The other day, we brought you this editorial about the endlessly expanding list of flora you can add to your seder plate. Now the Rebbetzin Hadassah Gross (actually Storahtelling founder Amichai Lau-Lavie in one of his alter-egos) has this charming video encouraging us all to add an apple to our …

The Conspiracy - April 6, 2012 0 Comments

A South Park Passover; discussing Apple (in drag); and more. [Required Reading: Pesach Edition]

Jewpacabra Get More: SOUTH PARKEric Cartman,Leopold “Butters” Stotch,more… South Park does Passover [SP Studios] Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the guys behind South Park, have a reputation for injecting religious commentary into their work (see: “The Book of Mormon“). …

The Conspiracy - April 5, 2012 0 Comments

When a Hack is just a Hack [Media]

In the wake of more alleged hackings by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp empire, I wonder, as a journalist, how far is too far to get a story? In an internet age where so much information is publicly accessible and competition from various news outlets means that the same story will be told and …

The Conspiracy - April 5, 2012 0 Comments

Bob Dylan & Trayvon Martin; Eilat Missile Strike; Hungarian Blood Libel dredged up, and more [Required Reading]

Bob Dylan and Trayvon Martin [Forward] Protestors outraged at the shooting of fourteen year old Trayvon Martin have utilized an old Bob Dylan song  to create the above video decrying the killing. However, JJ Goldberg argues, their anger is misdirected, and should be aimed at the system rather than …

The Conspiracy - April 4, 2012 3 Comments

Up in arms at Fordham: April Fool’s byline offends

April Fool’s editions of college newspapers are a storied tradition on American campuses. They are also a never-ending source of cringe-worthy jokes that end up on the wrong side of the line between satire and offense, genuine outrage and bashful after-the-fact apologies from their creators. …

The Conspiracy - April 4, 2012 0 Comments

Becoming a tourist [MASA]

I have become a tourist. I don’t really know when this transformation happened. There I was, going about my business being a typical seminary girl, mentally deriding the people who wandered around the city wearing baseball hats and dragged along overtired, over-stimulated children who would …

The Conspiracy - April 4, 2012 0 Comments

Jews support marriage equality; bad April Fools joke; and more. [Required Reading]

Majority of Jews support marriage equality [Forward] Though it probably won’t come as a surprise to most of you that there are liberal Jews (GASP!), turns out an overwhelming majority of Jews support the equality of all persons to marry their partner, regardless of sexual orientation. …

The Conspiracy - April 2, 2012 0 Comments

Passover Rhapsody [Video]

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The Conspiracy - April 2, 2012 11 Comments

The freaks of J Street [J Street]

I came to the J Street Conference looking for allies. As a queer Jew who is sternly critical of Israel, but still a staunch Zionist, I was looking forward to meeting some like-minded folks. Folks who can’t help but discuss privilege, minorities, and oppression. Folks who are obsessed with identity …

The Conspiracy - April 2, 2012 0 Comments

Second night Seders; the poet and candy; quinoa for Pesach; and more. [Required Reading]

Years later, patrilineal debate rages on [Forward] The debate over “Who is a Jew?” has perhaps never been more heated in the years following the Reconstructionist, and later Reform, decision to accept as Jews those with only one Jewish parent: the father. While many perhaps expected this …

The Conspiracy - March 30, 2012 1 Comment

Elvis in the Holy Land; Passover in style; and more. [Required Reading]

Israeli matzo is a hot commodity [Forward] Picked up matzo from the store yet to stock up before Passover? If so, you may have noticed the large bundles of Israeli matzo. But have you ever thought of what it takes to get it to your supermarket? The Jewish Daily Forward writes: “But Menachem …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2012 0 Comments

Going Unplugged [24 Hour Challenge]

Hi. My name is Carly and I’m a techno-holic. Like many of my friends, I constantly surf the web, check my e-mail, and watch TV. Therefore, when I was presented with the challenge to “unplug”  from sundown on March 23 to sundown on March 24, I was a bit nervous. I’ve never …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2012 2 Comments

Drawing the Activist Line [Activism]

Justice Antonin Scalia came to speak at Wesleyan a few weeks ago. Cool, right? Isn’t it great that the University chose to bring a Supreme Court Justice and highly educated Constitutional scholar to campus in order to engage in discussion with the students? Well, not quite. I respect the …

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