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The Conspiracy - February 20, 2012 0 Comments

Gay Jews Meet AU [NULJS Conference]

Anybody from AU knows that our homonymic nickname is “Gay Jew,” given the University’s large population, and administration and student support of, both the LGBT and Jewish communities on campus. But this weekend at American University in Washington, D.C., the campus got a dose of …

The Conspiracy - February 17, 2012 3 Comments

Halakhah vs. happiness [Gay Rights]

Avi Shafran’s recent article in the Forward discussing gay “reparative” therapy has made me reflect on my philosophy of life. It’s always difficult for me to know the balance between halacha and happiness. I grew up in a world where Judaism came before all else. I still believe strongly in …

The Conspiracy - February 17, 2012 0 Comments

Chasids do the Dougie; wigless photo controversy; and more. [Required Reading]

Video mashes up Chasidic celebration with “Teach Me How to Dougie” [Youtube] A hilarious YouTube video featuring a clip from what appears to be a Chasidic wedding dance paired up with Cali Swag District’s meme-tastic song has hit the web. Hey, they’re better than the Black …

The Conspiracy - February 17, 2012 5 Comments

The Whitney Houston Blame Game

This past weekend marked not only Nicki Minaj’s first-ever onstage exorcism, but also the passing of one of America’s greatest talents of the past two decades: Whitney Houston. Known for powerful vocals and expressive ballads, Houston remains a part of the American soundscape through …

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2012 0 Comments

Staying in touch during Seminary [Long Distance Friendships]

I’ve known them since I was 10 years old. We’ve gone through everything together- pimples, training bras, hating our parents, loving our parents, hating boys, loving boys (we’re back to hating them, FYI) high school, mean girls – you get my point. We were that group of girls who …

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2012 7 Comments

Do Orthodox Women Hate Women? [Modern Unorthodox]

I wouldn’t call myself a rabid feminist. In fact, sometimes I’m so downright feminine that I put Stepford wives to shame. But today two things happened that made me want to whip off my bra and light it on fire right in the middle of my college’s lobby. Let’s start in the classroom. In one of …

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2012 0 Comments

Is Shit Zionists Say a Meme? [Enough]

Shit Girls Say was funny, at least the first time around. Shit Girls Say to Gay Guys was surprisingly accurate. But Shit Zionists Say took the meme out of its playfully mocking intentions, placing it in the midst of the conflict no one wants to touch. There was nothing funny about the video. Memes …

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2012 0 Comments

Shit Zionists Say; Mikvah controversy; Jewish Twitter; and more. [Required Reading]

Norman Finkelstein, a noted advocate for Palestinian rights slammed the BDS movement, likening it to “Maoists”. His shift in position is indicative of a greater pattern in which the conflict is viewed as a matter of civil rights, rather than tension between two states, Sean …

The Conspiracy - February 15, 2012 0 Comments

Baptism of Holocaust victims spurs controversy; Israeli supermodel hits Sports Illustrated; and more. [Required Reading]

Mormons apologize for baptizing deceased Jewish family [Forward] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has issued a public apology after accidentally allowing the posthumous baptism of the parents of the late Simon Wiesenthal, an Austrian Holocaust survivor who pursued fugitive Nazis …

The Conspiracy - February 14, 2012 1 Comment

Speaking up for Israel [Reactions]

As David Bernstein points out in this JTA Op-ed, the BDS movement which has seemed to permeate campus culture has had little to no financial ramification for Israel. For something that has been widely discussed in American Jewish circles since its inception, been the target of an Israeli law …

The Conspiracy - February 14, 2012 0 Comments

Israel responds to terror attacks; Israeli Valentine’s Day; Holocaust filmmaker turns her lens on media; and more. [Required Reading]

Israel blames Iran for assassination attempts against Israeli diplomats. [Washington Post] The Israel government responded yesterday to bombings targeting diplomats in both Georgia and India, pinning the blame for the attacks on Hezbollah and Iran. Though Iran is denying responsibility for the …

The Conspiracy - February 13, 2012 2 Comments

Matisyahu and the Shaven Face

When Matisyahu’s “King Without a Crown” was the big hit it felt like the Jews had finally arrived to the cool party. Sure, the Beastie Boys were Jews but would your parents ever consider buying you one of their albums? No, never, not on your life. Here was a nice Hassidic boy who …

The Conspiracy - February 13, 2012 2 Comments

Abusing lashon hara: in defense of a journalist [Controversy]

After a recent article in The Jewish Week on accusations of abuse by Rav Aharon Bina, head of an all-male yeshiva in Old Jerusalem, was published to much controversy, the Jewish blogosphere exploded with the aftershocks. From a blog where critics of Bina’s methods and teaching style can vent …

The Conspiracy - February 13, 2012 1 Comment

Houston in Israel; Jews and the New Testament; preventing war; and more. [Required Reading]

Whitney Houston visited Israel, called it “home” [Jerusalem Post] Upon the recent announcement of the passing of world-famous vocalist Whitney Houston, whose rocky past and relationships were once the focus of much media attention, the Jewish press took the opportunity to explore …

The Conspiracy - February 10, 2012 0 Comments

Oprah and Chabad; Jesus for Hanukkah; and more. [Required Reading]

  Oprah goes Hasid [Chabad] Visiting Hasidic communities in Brooklyn for an upcoming episode in her latest program, Oprah sat down for a special interview with Chabad Rabbi Motti Seligson. Oprah discussed misconceptions about the role of women in Orthodox Judaism, the importance of family, …

The Conspiracy - February 9, 2012 3 Comments

Latest on Rav Bina: Karate rabbi comes to aid of abuse rabbi [Parsing]

Rabbi Ari Fuld wrote to Jewish student press hero Yedidya Gorsetman to say, among other things: ‘I truly believe you are an evil person’ for ‘trying to murder Rav Bina with your pen.’ He also compared Gorsetman to a dead fish and began his missive by saying, “I am …

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