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Eco-pollution: Israel’s silent threat

November 8, 2012 by


Israel is advertised as one of the most environmentally conscious countries in the world. Perhaps most well known is the Israeli irrigation drip system, which involves a hose that slowly drips water directly to the root of the plant, strategically improving efficiency. Even more dramatic is the Project Better Place, a company currently planning to […]

Election night: a look at a congressional legend

November 6, 2012 by


From 7 a.m. today until 8 p.m. tonight, millions of Americans will engage in their ultimate civic duty and vote for the president of the United States and various other local politicians and initiatives. While it would be foolhardy to project the results of the presidential race prior to polling results, the local congressional race […]

First Farsi Holocaust text connects Iranians to Jewish history

November 1, 2012 by


On October 14, I was privileged to be a student delegate at 30 Years After’s 3rd Biennial Conference. 30 Years After is the civic and political voice of America’s Iranian Jews, the first and only organization of its kind. The group seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Iranian Jewish community through civic action conferences, […]

Israel and apartheid: a lesson in the risks of media bias

October 28, 2012 by


For Israel, a country trapped under the brutally judgmental microscope of global scrutiny, public image is everything. A recent poll published on October 23, 2012 by Haaretz (a leading Israeli news source), and its accompanying piece by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, is undoubtedly a leap in the wrong direction. The survey, reportedly conducted by the […]

Anti-Semitic graffiti “un-Kiwi?”

October 25, 2012 by


Sprayed in black, the swastikas show up clearly against the pale gray tombstones in a historic Auckland, New Zealand cemetery, where vagrants drift and troublemakers lurk. The Hebrew words meaning May his/her soul be bound into the bond of life identify the graves as the resting places of Jews. Over twenty stone-pillared monuments were vandalized […]

Blurring democracy: the Orthodox vision of respecting women

October 21, 2012 by


It was my first time at the Western Wall. It should have been a beautiful and emotional moment, one that allowed me to connect to the history of the Jewish people. And yet, something irked me. Perhaps it was the shoulder and knee coverings I was required to wear in the brutal heat. Perhaps I […]

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June 10, 2012 by


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