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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 …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2012 3 Comments

I was accosted by a Jewish Second-wave feminist… Awesome! [J Street 2012]

Just after the “Bringing Women to the Fore and Advancing Peace” session, an elderly woman approached me to respond to a question I had asked about intersectionality, a term used in modern feminist theory to describe how all forms of oppression are connected. The idea is that you can’t …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2012 0 Comments

Brandeis SJP disrupts town hall meeting; Trayvon Martin and Jewish law; Matzah trays go modern art, and more [Required Reading]

Brandeis Students protest Israeli Parliament Members [Brandeis SJP] On Monday, a Brandeis student group calling themselves Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted a town hall meeting in Newton, Mass where 5 members of the Israeli Parliament intended to speak. This activism comes on the heels of …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2012 1 Comment

Reflections on the J Street Conference [Blogging]

As a student leader of J Street U, I was really looking forward to my first national conference in DC. Now that the conference has come and gone, I head back to campus feeling inspired and exhausted. I also feel motivated to try and figure out how to improve our organization in light of new …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2012 1 Comment

Girls on Facebook; Reform lay-offs; and more. [Required Reading]

Beis Rivkah High School’s war on Facebook immodesty [The Algemeiner] A school in Brooklyn, New York, is coming under fire for trying to force students to delete their Facebook accounts (under fines and threat of expulsion). Why? Because girls, dammit! The Algemeiner writes: “The decision …

The Conspiracy - March 27, 2012 4 Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal and Scarlett Johansson: A Beshert Made in Shamayim

I want everyone to think about this for a second. Jake Gyllenhaal is beautiful. He is also Jewish (see his appearance on ‘Shalom Sesame’ above). Scarlett Johansson, coincidentally, is both beautiful and Jewish as well. I think we need to create a shidduch here. For some reason, no one …

The Conspiracy - March 27, 2012 0 Comments

What DSK can learn from the Marx Brothers

My friend’s mother and her friends have a yearly award which they bestow on one Jewish celebrity. The title? Most embarrassing Jew. And they’re not talking some Marx brothers pie in the face slapstick humor. They’re talking about a Jew whose actions are so cringe-worthy that the …

The Conspiracy - March 27, 2012 0 Comments

Strauss-Kahn Gate II; Hitler used to advertise shampoo; Media does media, and more [Required Reading]

Jewish Community protests Hitler Shampoo Ad [BusinessWeek] Turkey’s Jewish community is up in arms after an advertising agency used old film footage of the Nazi dictator to promote a woman’s shampoo. The video created for Biomen shampoo, embedded above, has sparked international …

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