Category Archives: Judaism

Posts pertaining to Judaism.

Barack Obama is Not Anti-Israel


Written for the Emory Wheel: I hear the conversation everywhere. Well, I suppose it isn’t so much a conversation as it is a statement. My Jewish friends say it all the time: “I’m voting for Romney because Obama doesn’t support Israel.” … Continue reading

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The Right Questions After the March of the Living


Written for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles: I’m standing with my back against a brick wall at Auschwitz. Monise Neumann points to an area just beyond her and tells a story. When Freddy Diament arrived at the forced labor … Continue reading

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When Jews Criticize Israel – Why Cautious Rebuke is a Mechanism of Defense


Earlier this month, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ran an article entitled “Wolpe vs. Beinart.” The piece was Rabbi David Wolpe’s passionate and compelling response to an email Peter Beinart recently sent to supporters of J-Street. Beinart’s e-mail … Continue reading

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The Force of Apathy – A Piece for the National Journal Sh’ma


As featured in Sh’ma, a national journal of Jewish ideology, alongside articles by former Senator Russ Feingold and Brandeis Professor Jonathan Sarna: Last spring, a local congressman came to speak at my high school. It was a routine visit: He … Continue reading

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Restraint – Gilad Shalit’s Return to Israel


As featured on the Huffington Post: After five years in the custody of his Hamas captors, it seems that Gilad Shalit’s painful and much publicized saga is finally winding down. The Israeli government has struck a deal with Hamas: Israel … Continue reading

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‘Remember Now Your Creator’ – The Challenging Dichotomy of Faith and Reason


Last night, at my school’s back-to-school-night for parents, I delivered my “senior sermon.” Each senior at Milken writes and delivers a sermon at some point during his or her final year at the school. Here is mine, on the challenge … Continue reading

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Obama at AIPAC – The Speech that Worked (in Theory)


On Sunday morning, I arrived in Washington, DC with a medium-sized group of high school students for the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. AIPAC is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – the United States’ pro-Israel lobby. My views don’t always … Continue reading

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