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The Conspiracy - March 15, 2016 0 Comments

Jewish pluralism — and its limits

The Jewish community has always been in the project of negotiating itself — what people are part of the Jewish community, what opinions are acceptable, and what are not. We also have a tradition of ideological pluralism which dates back centuries — indeed, to some of the earliest rabbinic …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 9, 2016 0 Comments

Intermarriage isn’t the problem

Ever since the Pew Report was released in late 2013, intermarriage has been a constant topic of Jewish conversation. It’s been over two years and it hasn’t stopped. Since the report was released, there have been any number of blog posts, op-eds, and long-form pieces on the best ways to counter …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - February 23, 2016 0 Comments

Why I choose to be queer — and why that’s inseparable from being Jewish

I am queer — and my decision to be queer is a conscious decision. There were times in my life when I wasn’t queer, but it’s been a process through which I have grown into my identity as someone who identifies not as gay, but primarily as queer. And, as I’ve grown into it, that distinction …

The Conspiracy - February 16, 2016 0 Comments

Stop analyzing Bernie Sanders’ Jewishness

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Bernie Sanders makes the decision to talk about his Jewishness, specifically how it contrasts starkly with the ways in which Donald Trump talks about Jewishness. Since then, Bernie Sanders has gone on to nearly tie the Iowa caucus with Hillary Clinton and, last …

Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - February 1, 2016 0 Comments

Talking about not talking about Israel: Or, addressing the Israel problem

  We, the American Jewish community, have an Israel problem, and we need to talk about it. It’s not the fact that Israel exists. It’s not the fact that it’s a politically fraught topic to discuss — although that’s certainly part of it. It’s the mere fact that Israel and Zionism as …

Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - December 22, 2015 0 Comments

The left-wing double standard on Israel

When the documentary “The J Street Challenge” was released in 2014, one of its main arguments was that while certain Israel advocacy groups who claim to be bipartisan are acceptable political advocates, left-wing political groups, like J Street, should be condemned as beyond the pale of …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - December 17, 2015 0 Comments

Zionish challenges readers to find nuance in Zionism

There seem to be two choices in mainstream Jewish life: Either you’re pro-Zionism, or you’re anti-Zionism. A new online publication, Zionish, rejects that binary. “Our stance is to reject the traditional stances,” Zionish editor Aaron Simons told New Voices via email. “People conceive of …

Campus & Community, Op-Ed, The Conspiracy - December 10, 2015 0 Comments

Is there a Jewish Agenda on campus?

When a UC Santa Cruz student leader is instructed to abstain from a BDS vote due to his allegiance to a “Jewish Agenda,” the proper response from the Jewish community is very simple: Such activities are anti-Semitic, and do not belong on diverse, pluralistic campuses. This is only the latest …

The Conspiracy - December 8, 2015 1 Comment

Trump, Sanders, and the rhetoric of Jewishness

There seems to be many ways for presidential candidates to pander to Jews. One might look to the 2012 election, during which Republican candidate Michele Bachmann said she loved Israel so much that she put aside her fiscally conservative values to join a utopian socialist kibbutz when she was …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 30, 2015 0 Comments

Jews cannot ignore Syrian refugees

When I was a child, my mother taught me that Thanksgiving was a holiday of immigrants and refugees. It was fitting, then, that Thanksgiving was a holiday my family spent with my maternal grandparents, who were themselves, along with my mother, Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union in 1981. …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - November 15, 2015 0 Comments

What we can learn from the RCA and the URJ

On Oct. 30, mainstream Orthodox leaders in the Rabbinical Council of America confirmed once again that women who receive the same training and jobs as men still are not — and never will be — equal to men. Six days later, the Union for Reform Judaism passed a landmark resolution on the inclusion …

Op-Ed, Opinion, The Conspiracy - November 3, 2015 0 Comments

What Judaism will actually look like 50 years from now

I don’t often like to think about the future. Instead, I like to study my past (hence my Jewish History major) and understand my present (hence my sociology major). But when Commentary released its symposium wherein seventy professional Jews — academics, philosophers, researchers, and the like …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - October 27, 2015 0 Comments

On Urban Outfitters and Jewish masculinities

I like Jewish boys. A lot. Which is why I was elated when Urban Outfitters released its 2016 Nice Jewish Guys calendar — and then I realized how conflicted I was. While I support the proliferation of the Nice Jewish Boy — and God only knows the world needs more of them — I also have many …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - October 19, 2015 1 Comment

Leftists need to be louder

  Every morning for the last two weeks, like many other people, I’ve woken up hoping that the wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians has ended overnight. Every morning for the last two weeks, I’ve been upset, frustrated, and saddened to realize that, no, the violence hasn’t …

The Conspiracy - October 12, 2015 0 Comments

What happens the day after National Coming Out Day?

A few years ago, while I was working as a staff member at Brandeis High School Programs, someone asked me what could be done for LGBTQ people who were still in the closet. At first, I had no response. The only real way to give someone the direct help that they need is for them to come out and ask …

The Conspiracy - September 30, 2015 0 Comments

Messy Jewish identities: A High Holidays meditation, part II

Two years ago, I wrote my first blog post for New Voices. I invited young Conservative Jews, unhappy with the current situation within their movement, to enter into conversation with me and the many other young Jews I know who grew up Modern Orthodox. We, too, were discontented with what we …

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