February 14th: Comic Books As Social Change

In the 1930s, it was nearly impossible for Jews to get jobs in the entertainment industry (or any industry, for that matter). Nobody wanted to hire someone who was such a cultural “other”. As a result, talented and passionate Jews had to go out and figure out how to break into the industry on their…

February 9th: Between Politics and Sport

The Winter Olympics begin this week, as the global community joins together in South Korea to celebrate the unifying joy of sports. More so than in past years, this Olympics puts into sharp relief the politics going on between the nations present and the goals for the competition as a whole. At a time when…

January 23rd: 1984 Is Just Around the Corner

In 1949, George Orwell wrote his idea of a dystopian society, constructed around an all-knowing and oppressive society. His book, 1984, has remained a classic for nearly 70 years. What we didn’t know at the time was just how timely it would end up being today. This winter, my brother, father, and I decided to…

January 18th: Know For Whom You Stand

This week begins a new semester of classes for me, and, for one of the first times in rabbinical school, I’m getting the chance to take an elective on top of my required coursework. Yesterday was my first session in “Faith-based Community Organizing,” a course in motivating and mobilizing social justice work in our religious…

January 2nd: Journalism Is Here to Stay

For the past ten years, or so, adults have been predicting the demise of journalism with comments to college students sounding something like: “Why would you want a degree in a dying industry?” On some level, it is true. Newspapers all across the country have been struggling to sell their product, and the internet has…

December 31st: What Kind of Year Has It Been?

The year is coming to an end, and we are seeing the Instagram posts with the most liked photos, the emails asking for recommitment to our gym memberships, and retrospective montages on the news. All around us, we are asking ourselves the same question: What kind of year has it been? It is an impossible…

December 27th: Looking at Ourselves in The Mirror

Over the course of this past semester, I watched the Netflix series Black Mirror. As a tech enthusiast and having studied social media in college, I was particularly intrigued by a show that handled the post-utopian challenges of how own advancement as a society. The format of the episodes, each as a stand-alone mini-movie, allowed…

December 22nd: Bullish in Chicago

Let’s talk about the Bulls for a minute. Chicago went into the 2017-2018 season in full rebuild mode, fully intent on ruining a season in the hopes that their poor performance would give them the benefit of a high draft slot next season, and free enough money to rebuild a competitive roster more quickly. In…

December 5th: Pick a Team, Any Team

This offseason, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani is coming to America to play baseball. En route to the MLB, he gets to choose which team he plays for, based on whatever factors he wants. Does he want a winning team? Does he want a big or small city? Does he like a particular coast? Because of…