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The Conspiracy - April 3, 2011 3 Comments

JewishPathways.com: A Whole New World

Crossposted to Crystal Decadenz Here’s something you ought to know about me. I like Orthodoxy in theory. I do. But I also really, really think that women ought to be obligated in all mitzvot, and I really, really think there is a halachic precedent for it. Now. Knowing that, I recently …

The Conspiracy - April 2, 2011 2 Comments

Bernard Avishai on Israel & diaspora Jewish identity

Bernard Avishai has a really excellent essay (PDF) based on survey data (summarized by Haaretz here) from the Macro Center for Political Economic Research.  It’s a long read, but worth every bit of it.  A highlight: Approximately 40% of young Israeli Jews believe (about a third, strongly) …

The Conspiracy - April 1, 2011 1 Comment

Epic Meal Time and its effects

Max Keisler’s preceding kosher-by-habit post makes a lot of sense to me. But had he seen the video I did yesterday, I have to wonder if he would consider moving from “semi-traditional” to 100 percent traditional. What did I see yesterday? Probably one of the most revolting yet incredibly …

The Conspiracy - April 1, 2011 3 Comments

Kind of observing kashrut

Recent posts on Pesach got me thinking about my own kashrut practices. To my non-Jewish friends, I’m that guy that’s really Jewish. I have a mezuzah up on my front door and my bedroom door; I have thick glasses and a not insignificant nose; I work at a synagogue. And I kind of keep …

The Conspiracy - April 1, 2011 11 Comments

Hanging by a Thread: Conversion Corruption in Israel

Beginning in 2006, I began the process of converting to Judaism – orthodox style. I came from a mixed family (and my Mom eveven converted via Conservative Judaism!), and for me it was probably inevitable after so many years of searching out the Jews. I lived in a pretty goyische town and …

The Conspiracy - March 31, 2011 0 Comments

The Reading List: Some things never change

A synopsis of an article about the University of Wisconsin’s Jewish community from 1924: “The author defends the Jewish student population at the University of Wisconsin, declaring that such Jews do not engage with Jewish communal life because communal institutions have no interest in …

The Conspiracy - March 30, 2011 1 Comment

The Feinstein Challenge: JFS Gets Ready for Pesach

Every Pesach, it’s the same routine. Wipe down our pantries, pull out the “special” dishes, and discard of all the delicious bread products that are practically a staple item in my life. But recently, I read an article from Heritage: Florida Jewish News that will make me think twice about what …

The Conspiracy - March 30, 2011 1 Comment

The Reading List: Birthright Alumni Fail

Check out the above picture of a sweatshirt, put out by the Birthright Israel Alumni Community, an initiative of the Jewish Enrichment Center: not only did they spell “Israel” wrong, but the Victoria’s Secret panties that this sweatshirt refers to aren’t even made in Israel. …

The Conspiracy - March 30, 2011 0 Comments

Land Day: For Arabs and Jews

In Lod yesterday, Israeli Arabs and liberal Israelis demonstrated in commemoration of Land Day – an Israeli Arab and Palestinian day to protest the seizure of private Arab land by the Israeli state. But it has taken on more significance this year. That is not because of the protetss …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2011 1 Comment

Keeping an open mind

I don’t think anyone can officially call themselves a college student until they have been cancelled out of a class. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, what’s the big deal? So you can’t take ONE class this term. La-de-da. Well, that’s not the real problem. Getting closed out of a class …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2011 2 Comments

How to do a seder in 30 minutes or less on your campus

Crossposted to The Reform Shuckle JewishBoston.com, the genius website that every other federation in the country should be clamoring to imitate, has created a new haggadah, “The Wandering is Over Haggadah.” Much to the delight of people who get bored during the seder, they claim that …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2011 0 Comments

Jewish media conspiracy takes over Chicago

How did Rahm Emanuel become mayor of Chicago? Maybe it was all because of the efforts of the Jewish media conspiracy, which has apparently completely overrun TV news in the Windy City. This cover story from the Chicago Jewish News–cleverly headlined, “And in local news, …

The Conspiracy - March 29, 2011 0 Comments

Reading List: The Jewish Skull & Bones, Facebook removes third intifada page and more…

Facebook removes page calling for third intifada… and a new page saying the same thing appears. [Haaretz] If you haven’t read Jeffrey Goldberg’s defense of J Street in the face of the McCarthy Knesset investigation of the group, you should. And manages to critique them at the …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2011 0 Comments

The Druze between Israel and Syria

In Israel, Druze are overrepresented in the Israeli Defense Forces and the Knesset relative to their population. In Lebanon, Druze had their own militia during the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) and have their own political party today. In Syria, Druze rebels were instrumental in fighting the …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2011 8 Comments

What’s Wrong with the JVP Statement on Violence

In what should come as no surprise to people who pay attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the last couple of weeks have seen a lot of death in the Holy Land–on both sides. Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Jewish pro-BDS group, released a statement on this violence last week. In …

The Conspiracy - March 28, 2011 0 Comments

The Reading List: What Do YOU Think about the Conservative Movement?

A couple of JTS students ask Times Square passersby in the hilarious video above. Here’s a cool feature where high school students talk about their future. Even cooler game: debate which of these high schoolers may or may not be Jewish. [NYT] And here’s a video where a bunch of …

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