Anti-Semitic graffiti “un-Kiwi?”

October 25, 2012



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 […]

Posted in: Jewish Society

Kosher Korner: Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 23, 2012


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Despite the sweltering LA weather, it is indeed fall.  What better way to usher in autumn than with a delicious pumpkin spice latte? Although many coffee shops offer tasty fall drinks, it’s often difficult to find kosher options and even more of a challenge to afford specialty drinks on a college budget. Fret not! With […]

Blurring democracy: the Orthodox vision of respecting women

October 21, 2012



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 […]

Inked: a living Holocaust memorial

October 18, 2012



In Zakhor, the famous commentary on Jewish history and memory, historian Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi writes, “Only in Israel and nowhere else is the injunction to remember felt as a religious imperative to an entire people.” Confluent with that statement is the fact that many of the Jewish people’s most haunting moments have been institutionalized, woven […]

Posted in: History, Opinion

Yiddishkayt’s Helix Project: a modern adventure into the forgotten Yiddish past

October 16, 2012



Cobblestone paths and narrowly winding streets. Freshly painted yellow buildings and crumbling courtyards boarded up in disrepair. Vilnius, summer 2012, or as the Yiddish speaking Jewish population called it prior to World War II, Vilna, the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Ten people walked together, running their hands along forgotten walls and snapping close-up pictures of white […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, unemployment rates, and the Israeli economy

September 13, 2012


A DOWNWARD TREND: The average quantity of weekly hours spent working by the minority of employed Haredi men declined sharply from 1998 to 2009.

As Americans and inevitable participants in this country’s financial infrastructure, we are all acutely aware of the unforgiving crisis engulfing the economy of the United States and spreading to the rest of the world. In the wake of the ailing economy, “unemployment” is a term that has slithered its way out of economics textbooks and […]

Posted in: Israel, Opinion, Politics

‘Outfitters’ of outrage: Urban Outfitters sells ‘Holocaust t-shirt’ and offends

September 13, 2012


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Popular retailer Urban Outfitters is known for catering to the so-called ‘hipster’ culture, and it does so by incorporating influences from past decades into their vintage, bohemian, and retro clothing lines. According to the company’s website, Urban Outfitters’ “established ability to…connect with [customers] on an emotional level is the reason for [its] success.” One particular […]