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The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - May 4, 2015 1 Comment

Dear Orthodox Leaders: LGBTQ Jews Don’t Need Your Sympathies

The Shabbat of Parashat Akharei Mot-Kedoshim— the Torah portion that was read in many synagogues this past Saturday morning — is always a painful one for me and many other queer Jews. The verses it contains concerning the prohibition of male homosexuality have long been used as justification for …

Opinion, The Conspiracy - April 27, 2015 0 Comments

Let’s Make Yom HaAtzmaut About the People

Every year, even if I celebrate it differently and even as my perceptions of Zionism and the Jewish State become evermore complicated, Yom HaAtzmaut always evokes in me a certain special nostalgia. It was only once I was no longer forced to celebrate the holiday like I did in elementary and high …

The Conspiracy - April 20, 2015 1 Comment

Who Really Are ‘The Jews’: More Questions About Jews and Race

  We here at New Voices seem no strangers to the question of whether or not the Jews are white. Yet the wider American Jewish community tends to go back and forth on the issue, especially now that racial tensions in this country have reached a boiling point. Despite the advancements made in the …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - April 17, 2015 0 Comments

Passover in College: A Journey Worth Taking

Keeping kosher in college is not easy; keeping kosher for Passover is even harder. Pizza, bread, eggs, fruits, veggies, and desserts are my go-to dorm foods. While mentally preparing for Passover, I realized many of the main staples of my already restricted diet were no longer options, and that was …

The Conspiracy - April 16, 2015 0 Comments

What Does ‘Never Again’ Mean Today?

In 2013, I went through an educational experience in Poland courtesy of Heritage Seminars. The name of the program says it all. Not only did we visit the places where Jewish life in Europe vanished, but also the sites where the notion of Jewish community flourished. The latter needs be examined more …

Arts & Culture, The Conspiracy - April 15, 2015 0 Comments

Not Your Safta’s Ukrainian Folk Music

As I sat in Sixth & I Historic Synagogue the night before the start of Passover, I was surrounded by a sea of hipsters swagging SovJew, or Soviet Jewish. They were clamoring around, speaking in fast- paced Russian, to hear the self-proclaimed “ethno-chaos” of the Ukrainian folk fusion band …

Other, The Conspiracy - April 8, 2015 0 Comments

On French Anti-Semitism and Conflicting Identities

My first experience with anti-Semitism was at 6 years old. Someone painted a swastika on the front gate of my school and I remember asking my dad why it upset him so much. I had a limited understanding of Nazism at that age, but I knew enough to understand when he told me simply that it was a Nazi …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - April 2, 2015 2 Comments

Progressive Hillel Director Speaks Out

After reading my coverage of last week’s J Street Conference, a campus Hillel director reached out to me to confess their thoughts on Eric Fingerhut’s withdrawal from the conference and what the new Israeli government means for Hillel and its standards of partnership. To protect themselves and …

Campus & Community, Gender Week, The Conspiracy - March 31, 2015 0 Comments

My Life as a Gay Fratstar

Being gay in a fraternity has not been the easiest experience. I joined Alpha Epsilon Pi as a wandering, socially inept freshman. I was at lunch at Hillel and one of the brothers of the fraternity, a fellow psychology major, took an interest in me. He brought me out to a party, and after meeting and …

The Conspiracy, Torah With Attitude - March 30, 2015 1 Comment

The Myth of the ‘Feminized’ Religion

I have written in the past about my experiences with gender, privilege, Jewish ritual, and the need to find new and creative ways to engage both men and women ritually. Women, I’ve argued, should be encouraged to try out more traditionally masculine rituals, and men should be encouraged to try out …

Campus & Community, New Voices Editorial, The Conspiracy - March 26, 2015 0 Comments

J Street Unchained: Inside #JSt2015

I came to the J Street Conference earlier this week with a question in mind for students: How do you advocate for Israel and for peace on campus after last week’s elections? In true Jewish fashion, their answers went beyond the question to address other important points about Israel advocacy and …

The Conspiracy - March 25, 2015 2 Comments

Inside JVP’s National Membership Meeting

From March 13-15, Jewish Voice for Peace held its 6th annual National Membership Meeting in Baltimore. Formed in 1996, JVP has grown a lot in 19 years. “In 2011, 150 gathered [at the meeting],” said JVP Brooklyn Vice Chair Cindy Greenberg. “In 2013, 350 people were there. This weekend, there …

The Conspiracy - March 23, 2015 0 Comments

Israel Advocacy Is Now Two State Advocacy

Israel advocacy started out for me as the “unconditional” support for the State of Israel and its policies because they, broadly, were in agreement with my Western, liberal values. For the most part, the Israeli government—in lip service, if not at all in action—supported the idea of a …

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

Why Small Campus Jewish Communities Are the Best

When applying to colleges, I gave barely any thought to Jewish life on campus. This was not because I didn’t care about being engaged with a Jewish community; on the contrary, between leading my Temple Youth Group, attending regional NFTY events, working as a teaching assistant at a religious …

Campus & Community, The Conspiracy - March 12, 2015 0 Comments

‘Hillel 2.0’ at Amherst College

It was my first college Shabbat and I was beginning to doubt that I was in the right place. Where was everyone? I glanced back down at my watch. It was definitely 6:30. Surely I could not have been the only mildly observant Jew on campus. I had just returned from a three-day orientation hike. …

The Conspiracy - March 9, 2015 0 Comments

This is not a Blog Post about Bibi

I am done with Bibi. I’m also done with Purim, which means that I’m even more done with the various editorials analyzing Bibi’s references to the Purim story in Congress. At its root, however, my frustration lies not with Bibi himself, but with the answer that we have given to the question: …

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