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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,” …

The Conspiracy - May 4, 2012 0 Comments

Conversion and Zionism; Jews in the Woods; and more. [Required Reading: Conversion Edition]

Not Jewish enough [Huffington Post] While it is widely known that the Orthodox world does not accept the halachic decisions of the non-Orthodox (Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, etc.), including their conversions, being one of those converts carries with it a certain emotional weight: the …

The Conspiracy - May 3, 2012 0 Comments

Running for Your Life [Culture]

In recent months, the reputation of horse racing has been tarnished, in many ways due to the HBO TV show Luck. In March, Luck was canceled because several horses were fatally injured on set. Such injuries are all too common in horse racing and often are the reasons people object to animals being …

The Conspiracy - May 3, 2012 0 Comments

On Commencement [Can’t Believe it’s May]

I like to reflect on endings a lot. More accurately, I hate when, in books and movies, the scene ends with a character driving away and immediately having this crystalizing moment of reflection in which everything that had been so murky becomes clear. That’s not how life works. So when it …

The Conspiracy - May 3, 2012 0 Comments

Graduates; Livid over Livingstone; Students under storm in Syria, and more [Required Reading]

What they don’t tell you at graduation [Wall Street Journal] Is it May already? Blogger Charles Wheelan offers well meaning, touching advise to graduating seniors. Note: it may not always be what you want to hear. “1. Your time in fraternity basements was well spent The same goes for …

The Conspiracy - May 2, 2012 5 Comments

ZOA’s personal attack on New Voices editor

Not to get too overwrought, but here’s my blog post in response to a Zionist Organization of America press release in response to my JTA op-ed in response to their JTA op-ed. Throughout the press release, notice how many of my points are avoided by going on an ad hominem rampage against me. …

The Conspiracy - May 2, 2012 0 Comments

Bar Rafaeli is awesome; why ordaining cantors matters; Shmitah and our economy; and more. [Required Reading]

Topless Bar Rafaeli jumps around. Or something. [Daily Mail] You’ve already clicked away, haven’t you? Ordaining cantors and why it matters [Jewish Journal] Recent news that the Hebrew Union College (the U.S. Reform seminary) would begin ordaining cantors, rather than …

The Conspiracy - May 1, 2012 2 Comments

Hazing, Why? [Campus]

Recent articles about hazing at Dartmouth, as well as the embattled chapters of Jewish Fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, left me wondering: why do we give fraternities, as institutions of our peers with little, if any, distinguishable qualities from the rest of the student body, positions of power in …

The Conspiracy - May 1, 2012 0 Comments

Animal House(s) lose University recognition, Murdoch ‘unfit’ to lead NewsCorp, Fighting Technological Illiteracy, and more [Required Reading]

Bye Bye AEPi [JewSchool] The Gamma chapter of international Jewish fraternity AEPi is being shut down, amidst reports of repeated hazing. The chapter, located at the University of Pennsylvania, is not the only chapter of AEPi whose bad behavior has been making ripples lately. The virtues of the …

The Conspiracy - April 30, 2012 2 Comments

Silent Face-Palms Do No Good [Israel]

Listening to a classmate yell at another student about Queer Studies was the most boisterous experience of my academic career. Looking back, I’m a little surprised it remains the single most emotional exchange of my Ivory Tower. As I made my way through classes titled, “The Literature of …

The Conspiracy - April 30, 2012 0 Comments

The Haredim Meme [Humor]

You may not have heard, but there’s this new thing all the hip kids are using now, called the Internet. It’s the only place you can find bigfoot porn and chinchillas playing piano seconds apart from each other. And there are useful, sane things too. For instance, we can do all our …

The Conspiracy - April 30, 2012 0 Comments

Haredi Jews vs. the Internet; formerly ‘frum’ and looking for love; and more. [Required Reading]

Off the path, on the prowl [Slate] This might be the most fascinating article about former Orthodox Jews learning to navigate the complicated waters of love, lust, and being around… “the rest of us.” (Plus, the title is a winner; just click and see what we mean.) Meet Israel …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - April 27, 2012 0 Comments

Obama visits Holocaust museum [News]

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced new sanctions on Iran and Syria and a renewed commitment to preventing genocide and mass atrocities. “We need to be doing everything we can to prevent and respond to these kinds of atrocities, because national sovereignty is never a license to …

The Conspiracy - April 27, 2012 0 Comments

Hatikvah, modified; Reform cantors ordained; and more. [Required Reading]

Making Hatikvah accessible for the rest of Israel [Forward] Is Hatikvah a song for only a portion of its population? What about Israeli Arabs? In this fascinating piece from the Jewish Daily Forward, the question is explored, Can this anthem be modified to reflect the diversity that Israel houses? …

The Conspiracy - April 26, 2012 3 Comments

How Urban Outfitters is, and is not, like the Sex Pistols [Sensitivity]

Urban Outfitters recently released a shirt whose insignia bears a resemblance to the Star of David bearing the word JUDE that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. The ADL wasted no time in condemning the Philadelphia based clothing brand, saying that it is not the first time they have …

The Conspiracy - April 26, 2012 0 Comments

Bibi’s Independence Day message; Transgendered Jews; Urban Outfitters offends, and more [Required Reading]

Yom Ha’atzmaut Sameach! [JTA] Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu wishes constituents a happy independence day. For those who don’t speak Hebrew, the cat and parrot at the end should make it clear that even for Hebrew speakers, this message is bizarre. Click the embedded link for the English …

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