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Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 15, 2016 1 Comment

Are We White Right Now?

After the election, my friend’s younger brother called from Israel. “Are we white?” he asked. Her immediate response was, “Not anymore.” As I listened to my friend talk about this exchange, I wasn’t sure which part was more telling, the question or the answer. The question – how we fit …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - December 6, 2016 0 Comments

Secretary of State Candidate John Bolton Won’t Bend on Israel Policy

Let’s play a game of “Who Said It? Secretary of State John Kerry or Secretary of State Candidate John Bolton?” (The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence last Thursday and met with President-elect Donald Trump last Friday.) On the One vs. …

The Conspiracy - November 30, 2016 0 Comments

“What Are You Going to Do With a History Major?”

Originally published in The Commentator, the official student newspaper of Yeshiva University. As a history major, I’m often asked, “What are you going to do with that?” This question reflects a dismissive attitude toward the study of history. Although such a view is understandable – as …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - November 29, 2016 0 Comments

Meet Jewish Wizards in “Fantastic Beasts”

At first glance, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” seems like a movie made on a wild dare. It’s based on the fictional tome by magical zoologist Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. Some may remember the 128-page encyclopedia written by Rowling in 2001 along with …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 28, 2016 0 Comments

Protest as an Act of Prayer

My feet are aching, but I keep walking. I’m stopping 4 a.m. traffic, clogging Pittsburgh’s throughways as I march through the streets, screaming, “Trump is not my president.” My toes start to blister as I hear the sound of 2,000 feet stomping with me. It’s been days since that “me” …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 24, 2016 0 Comments

In Defense of Challaween and Fall Holiday Fusions

With Thanksgiving here and Halloween behind us, ‘tis the season to discuss the role of secular holidays in our Jewish lives on campus. Hillels across the country work to keep college students engaged in Jewish programming and within a Jewish community while they are away from home. They are …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 23, 2016 0 Comments

Is the Other Side as Stupid as You Think?

Original version published on whoknowsoneblog.wordpress.com. With our country divided, and the finger pointing showing no sign of decreasing, we need to step back and wonder, what led to this national split? The answer goes beyond this election and ultimately lies deeply rooted in …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 14, 2016 0 Comments

We Can Fight Our Fear of Trump’s America

Original version published on the blog “floating, falling, flying.”  The election of a United States president should not be met with fear. I am in Tacoma, Washington, where the sky is usually cloudy, gray, and dripping with rain. Today, though, the clear blue sky seems to be taunting …

Election 2016, Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 11, 2016 0 Comments

Our Institutions Will Survive Trump

I’m not afraid of the big bad wolf. But I do worry about the people that voted for him. Last week on “Real Time” with Bill Maher – a primary news and politics outlet for a huge number of my peers – David Frum of The Atlantic made a plea to all those millennials who …

Election 2016, The Conspiracy - November 10, 2016 0 Comments

Will Trump’s Presidency Help Israel?

In an election between two of the most unpopular candidates in U.S. electoral history, real estate and media mogul Donald Trump accomplished the unthinkable – winning the presidency. His transition from the Trump Organization to political business in the Oval Office will entail a lot of …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 8, 2016 1 Comment

Is Voting a Mitzvah?

Millennials, we get a bad rap for a lot of things – many of them undeserved. We know the stereotypes: We’re self-obsessed, we’ve ruined the English language with our lol-worthy emojis and text speech, and we demand intellectual baby blankets in the form of political correctness. Basically, if …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - October 23, 2016 0 Comments

“Denial” Describes a Case of Fact vs. Fiction

The movie “Denial” is about a court case between Fact and Fiction. Through the case David Irving v. Penguin Books Limited, Deborah E. Lipstadt, “Denial” shows how injustices like the Holocaust cannot be denied. One of the most controversial cases of the 1990s, this case distinguished …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - October 20, 2016 0 Comments

High Holidays and Midterm Season Survival

Original version published in The Daily Californian.  When I was preparing to come to UC Berkeley, my biggest fear wasn’t the academic rigor of college, making friends, or getting used to the sometimes-unidentifiable food at Crossroads dining hall – though those were definitely all high up on …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - October 19, 2016 1 Comment

U.S. Aid Isn’t Good for Israel

The U.S. and Israel recently renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The current version, signed in 2008, expires in 2018. According to officials, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to an MoU that would provide more than $30 billion over a decade, …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 14, 2016 0 Comments

The Western Wall Taught Me a Lesson – And It Wasn’t What You’d Expect

There it was – the Western Wall, hakotel hama’aravi.  The sun was hanging over the top of the wall, reflecting off the stones at my feet. As I stood in front of the holiest sight in Israel, I realized I was waiting for something, some reaction to the realization that I was finally at the …

The Conspiracy - May 31, 2016 0 Comments

In defense of organized religion

There’s a stereotype that engagement programs for Jewish young adults are geared solely at producing the next generation of Jewish children. Many stereotypes exist for a reason — and this one is no exception. Many efforts to engage youth make a desire to produce the next generation of engaged …

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