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The Conspiracy - September 30, 2011 1 Comment

From the Old Country to Casablanca | 20,000 Leagues From Hillel

Does Justin Timberlake look Jewish to you? The Tennessee-born hitmaker might not be a member of the Tribe, but he’s set to play one in Spinning Gold, an upcoming biopic about Neil Bogart. The late founder of Casablanca Records, Bogart was a Jew from Brooklyn who introduced the world to musical …

The Conspiracy - September 29, 2011 0 Comments

“The Jew” in Rap | The Product

During my interview with Kosha Dillz, he mentioned how rappers often portray Jews as “record label executives and lawyers who hoard rappers’ cash.” I decided to do a bit of research, and it turns out that he’s right – pretty much all the references to Jews in hippity-hop are as …

The Conspiracy - September 28, 2011 2 Comments

Challah for Hunger | The Justice File

My name is Amanda Winer and I am a Jew. Sounds like I’m in an AA meeting or something, eh? The reason I introduce myself as such is twofold. Firstly, I fully acknowledge that this is an important part of my identity. Secondly, I helps to put this entire blog in context. This is who I …

The Conspiracy - September 27, 2011 0 Comments

Irvine 11, Abbas at the UN, and some proud young Jews | Parsing

The Irvine 11 were convicted on Friday of conspiring to disrupt and then disrupting a speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine.  Our own Gabe Schivone interviewed one of them, Taher Herzallah. Making the rounds online: a nifty graphic showing which countries will support the …

The Conspiracy - September 26, 2011 6 Comments

Recently Convicted, 1 of the Irvine 10 | Other Voices

Taher Herzallah is one of the newly convicted students collectively known as the “Irvine 11”. Ten of the original eleven were prosecuted (one had his charges dropped) by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and, this past Friday, convicted of “disruption” and “conspiracy to …

The Conspiracy - September 26, 2011 1 Comment

1000 Tables: A Coming Out Party for Israeli Social Activism

1000 tables. That’s right. You heard me. 1000 tables. Round ones. Picture this: A warm Tel Aviv September night. Motzaei Shabbat (Saturday night). The Tel Aviv Museum plaza is filled with round tables—several hundred of them, in fact. Sitting around the tables, in groups of about eight to 10, …

The Conspiracy - September 25, 2011 0 Comments

Ahmadinejad vs. Columbia: Round Two

Turns out there was no need for such a fuss.  On September 19th, two days before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was scheduled to have dinner with 15 members of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA), the Iranian mission to the United Nations revoked the invitation due to the …

The Conspiracy - September 25, 2011 1 Comment

Hillel Recon | The Jew in the Boonies

On Saturday night, I went to our Hillel’s welcoming ceremony for the new rabbi.  I guess they decided it would be a good idea to start out with a Havdala ceremony, but no amount of gentle singing could compensate for the  lighting of yet another candle – under the luminous rays of the …

The Conspiracy - September 24, 2011 5 Comments

How Do We/I Connect to God? | J-Studs

The destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. was a watershed moment in Jewish history.  With Roman control of Judea making the idea of rebuilding a third temple impossible, the question became not so much as where to meet God but as how to meet God, for the Temple’s destruction eliminated …

The Conspiracy - September 23, 2011 3 Comments

Hillel’s ‘Talk Israel’ Tents Pop Up US Campuses

A new Hillel International program (a little explanation from JTA here) called Talk Israel placed tents on 20 campuses yesterday and Tuesday. The tents were open to all for “conversation and not debate,” according to Columbia-Barnard Hillel Assistant Director Carrie Fischbein. …

The Conspiracy - September 22, 2011 7 Comments

Is Non-Orthodox Judaism Chillul Hashem? | The Godblogger

“There seems to be a lot of talk that non-Orthodox Judaism is Chillul Hashem. Is Hashem angry?” –D.B., London, U.K. That’s a great question—and one with a messy answer. First off, let’s come to an understanding about what Chillul Hashem actually means. In Vayikra (Leviticus) …

The Conspiracy - September 21, 2011 3 Comments

Surrounded by Jews, and That’s Just Fine | Modern Unorthodox

I grew up in Baltimore, MD, where the one non-Jewish family within a 5-block radius was famous simply because they had Christmas decorations when the rest of us were lighting candles in our windows for Chanuka. I always felt bad for the kids in that house around Halloween–in the 15 years that …

The Conspiracy - September 21, 2011 13 Comments

Poland: The Other Holy Land | Back to The Old Country

This summer, I received an opportunity to travel to Poland, to study Jewish-Polish relations before, during and after the Holocaust, with nine other graduate students. The trip was three weeks. When I was asked what my plans were for the summer and I replied, “Three weeks in Poland,” the …

The Conspiracy - September 21, 2011 0 Comments

Ahmadinejad at Columbia: The Saga Continues | Parsing

Following up on our post on Monday, the “Ahmadinedinner” (as friend of New Voices and editor-in-chief of The Current David Fine called tonight’s student dinner with the grand poobah of Iran in an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator) will go forward tonight, albeit with a change in the …

The Conspiracy - September 19, 2011 2 Comments

Ahmadinejad at Columbia: All News Outlets on Earth Weigh in | Parsing

After a controversial speech at Columbia University in 2007, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have linked up with the New York school again to discuss his policies. And every news outlet from the Upper West Side to Israel has put their two cents in. According to a Sept. 10 article in the …

The Conspiracy - September 19, 2011 1 Comment

Surviving “Witz” | Seriously Stereotyped

The back cover of Joshua Cohen’s novel Witz is enticing, but misleading. It depicts an alternate history where all the Jews in the world die at the start of the 21st century, resulting in a Judaism pop-culture craze as the goyim try to preserve, imitate and commercialize Jewish culture.  I …

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