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The Conspiracy - April 25, 2012 0 Comments

Orthodox abuse exemptions; liberal zionism; spiritual misconceptions; and more. [Required Reading]

Tradition, innovation, and Jewish Renewal [Zeek] This interview with author and scholar Chava Weissler explores Weissler’s latest book on ancient Jewish women’s prayers. Weissler also talks about her study of Jewish Renewal and the creation of Havurot (and the differences between the …

The Conspiracy - April 24, 2012 0 Comments

Bongs & Cultural Appreciation [Musings]

  Cultural appropriation is, for lack of a better word, weird. An indisputable part of our cultural milieu, the lines have been blurred in an increasingly global world until origins and intent are nearly invisible. So when I read about how Israeli gas marks have been appropriated by Americans …

The Conspiracy - April 24, 2012 0 Comments

Your bong & Israel; El/Al; a most Jewish election, and more [Required Reading]

Your bong’s military history [Forward] The gas mask bong, which has grown in popularity over the past few years, a phenomena some sellers are attributing to fellow Jew Seth Rogan’s character in 2007’s “Knocked Up”, has a hidden origin. Many of the rubber products being …

The Conspiracy - April 23, 2012 0 Comments

Schism at Chicago Hillel: Fired leaders vow to form new organization

One of the few Hillels in the country controlled by the local Jewish federation, the University of Chicago’s Hillel board was fired late last month by the Chicago federation in a disagreement over governance. Still controlling the university’s Hillel, the federation has appointed an interim …

The Conspiracy - April 23, 2012 0 Comments

A Jew in Catholic school [Huh?]

A few days ago, our Required Reading ran a story about Stonybrook University in New York. College officials have announced that the school’s schedule will now be fixed according to a secular calendar. In other words, no cancellations due to the High Holy Days for Jewish students. Certain …

The Conspiracy - April 23, 2012 0 Comments

An LGBT ally; Yom Ha’atzmaut; and more. [Required Reading]

Orthodox rabbi “comes out” as LGBT ally [Jewish Journal] In this compelling piece from the Jewish Journal, Orthodox rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz expresses his feelings on the “LGBT issue,” hitting some key points about the debate on sexuality and religion. Yanklowitz writes: …

The Conspiracy - April 20, 2012 1 Comment

Masorti Jews to ordain gays, lesbians; Reconstructionists lose leader in Israel; and more. (Required Reading)

Prominent Reconstructionist rabbi passes away (z”l) (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College) The Reconstructionist movement has announced that Rabbi Jack Cohen, an influential leader within the movement, has passed away at the age of 93. Cohen (z”l) was close to Reconstructionist …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2012 0 Comments

20 and Pregnant (and Married) [Modern Unorthodox]

I walked into my high school classmate’s wedding last week and was unexpectedly overwhelmed with babies. Apparently, since our class’ last wedding/reunion (that is what they really are, after all), half my classmates had gone and gotten knocked up by their husbands. I still don’t feel mature …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2012 0 Comments

Playing politics: labeling political opponents anti-Semites

JTA has published a new op-ed by me, a response to an piece by some Zionist Organization of America honchos published in JTA earlier this week: Op-Ed: Title VI should be used only on true hatemongers, not political opponents By David A.M. Wilensky NEW YORK (JTA) – In the eyes of the Zionist …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2012 0 Comments

On Remembering [Yom Hashoah]

I never know what to do on Yom Hashoah. Some students read names in the library foyer – a powerful experience, especially in a room with vaulted ceilings where sound reverberates throughout the entrence of the building. Some educators strive to reach out, to teach the messages of the Holocaust so …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2012 2 Comments

‘Get over’ the Holocaust?

When the paper I run, The Beacon, ran an op-ed entitled “Why it’s Time for Jews to Get Over the Holocaust,” the reaction was incensed. In fact, it was more than incensed. Readers were so wounded by the suggestion that they “get over” an event so personal and so tragic for so many of them …

The Conspiracy - April 19, 2012 0 Comments

Yom Hashoah, Stonybrook no longer to close on Jewish holidays, and more [Required Reading]

Israeli band to perform on Yom Hashoah in Germany [JTA] Acclaimed Israeli group Balkan Beat Box (above), once members of the now defunct JDub label, were scheduled to perform Wednesday in Munich, Germany. The group released a statement saying that the scheduling was an unfortunate coincidence, but …

The Conspiracy - April 18, 2012 0 Comments

Patrilineal conversion; inclusive mikveh; and more. [Required Reading]

Rabbinically intermarried [Sh’ma] Can a couple, both intensely devoted to their particular expression of Judaism, co-exist in a household? (Probably.) The more prudent question is… What does that look like? Rabbi Julie Adler, Director of the B’rit Milah Program of Reform Judaism, …

Election 2012, The Conspiracy - April 17, 2012 0 Comments

Jewish media mogul compares Palestinian people to unicorns [pause, not]

Apparently Facebook is more accepting of Palestinian peoplehood than, oh, I don’t know, Newt Gingrich. Obviously, this joke was too good to be missed, so I posted this very screenshot to Facebook earlier today.  David (the Editor here) aptly pointed out that Facebook isn’t actually …

The Conspiracy - April 17, 2012 1 Comment

When joking crosses the line [Stereotypes]

I am Jewish, and in my eyes this gives me the right to be self-depreciating. It’s the same for every culture I have encountered: each pokes fun at themselves slyly amongst themselves and (usually) gets offended if an outsider tries to do the same. So when I read Howard Meyer’s critique …

The Conspiracy - April 17, 2012 1 Comment

Oy with the Jewish stereotypes already; Palestinian prisoner hunger strike; Free the press, and more [Required Reading]

Stereotypes, Oy [Huffington Post] Howard Meyer laments the longevity of unflattering Jewish stereotypes, claiming they are representative of the prejudices of a few discontents years ago and have little relevancy in today’s Jewish communities. He cites examples from the Seinfeld episode …

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