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…

November 27th: 45 NFTY Events

While driving home from Chicago for Thanksgiving, my fiancee and I played a fun little game, counting the number of NFTY events each of us had attended. Between our time as participants and staff members in the youth movement, we learned that I have been to 45 youth group events and she has been to…

November 20th: WITHOUT an Apple a Day

This weekend, I took my phone to the Apple Store to get a new battery. I didn’t realize it going in, but I was required to hand over my phone for a 90 minute procedure, only to come back and find that they hadn’t been able to get the old battery out, and that they…

November 15th: Sharing the Love of Judaism

Over the past few days, I attended a conference discussing the journey of conversion to Judaism by those who choose to join the faith. We examined curricula for Introduction to Judaism courses, met with a panel of converts to learn about their experience, and worked with rabbis to learn their process for working with their…

November 6th: Waiting for Terror

I’m embarrassed to say that, in the wake of yesterday’s shooting at a church in Texas, my first thought was not for the victims of yet another act of terror in this country. My first thought was to wonder if the person who walked into the church and killed over 20 people was white. The…