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The Conspiracy - April 12, 2012 0 Comments

Drake’s Bar Mitzvah stirs controversy; Forget camp, Tikkun Olam; AEHazing, and more [Required Reading]

Drake’s Bar Mitzvah [JTA] The rapper’s Jewish roots are well known. His new music video, featured above, allows viewers to see inside his ‘re-bar mitzvah’, held last fall. However, members of Temple Israel in Miami, the synagogue where the video was filmed, are less than …

The Conspiracy - April 11, 2012 3 Comments

Who ‘owns’ the University of Chicago Hillel?

At the University of Chicago Hillel the students aren’t the rebellious ones. The Jewish federation of Chicago fired the professional head of the U. Chicago Hillel along with its entire board on March 30, the Forward reports (written by former New Voices editor Josh Nathan-Kazis). There’s …

The Conspiracy - April 11, 2012 0 Comments

Santorum Wiped Clean and Brushed Aside [GOP 2012]

I was in stats class when Twitter and Facebook exploded with rumors that Rick Santorum was bowing out of the presidential race. So of course I stopped paying attention to standard deviations and confidence intervals. Indeed, despite mass confusion when Washington Post denied rumors that they …

The Conspiracy - April 11, 2012 0 Comments

Meet the first Jew for Jesus; Santorum out of GOP race; and more. [Required Reading]

Meet a Jew for Jesus… err, the first Jew for Jesus [Forward] Ever wanted to meet the founder of Jews for Jesus? (Hey, where’d everybody go?) Moishe Rosen is a curious personality whose life and theology are being explored in a new biography. This article from The Jewish Daily Forward …

The Conspiracy - April 10, 2012 0 Comments

Shtar: your new Jewish crush? [Music]

Jews have a long and healthy relationship with the West’s pop culture forms. In particular, there’s a laundry list of famous Jews making great music. And let’s face it: Bob Dylan is a tough act to follow. So how do we one-up ourselves? Frum Jews riffing on pop music: rock, …

The Conspiracy - April 10, 2012 0 Comments

The website we all love to hate [Media]

I have spent, or rather squandered, countless hours pouring over Facebook. And every few months, usually in the midst of a particularly stressful work week in which I solemnly vow to stay focused, I consider removing myself from its vacuum and just going offline. However, in today’s age, …

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. …

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