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A farewell to the UMD and Mitzpeh community

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Two years ago, I wrote my first column as editor-in-chief of Mitzpeh about the direction we were headed -- an all-online publication with more social media and multimedia. I think we’ve done a good job of transitioning to a paper with no paper, and I’m proud of the website and content ...

America’s departure from Iran Nuclear Deal may mean trouble for Israel and its Middle Eastern neighbors

By Rebecca Piassek For Mitzpeh @rebeccapiassek Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. President Donald Trump announced his decision last week to pull the United States out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The 2015 agreement between Iran and several world powers limited Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons ...

Beckman’s Corner: Why doesn’t Shavuot have an image?

By Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Rosh Hashanah has the shofar, Hanukkah has the Menorah, even Pesach has Matzah. What does Shavuot have?  Hallmark is looking for what to put on their cards. Help?! In the Torah, (Leviticus 23:15-6) it just says count seven weeks and the next day, the 50th day, is a holiday. Period. Nothing special ...

Guest column: Everybody has the right to know about cell phone radiation

By Theodora Scarato For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. The Supreme Court is poised to consider an issue close to our hearts -- our cell phones. When we go in a store to buy a new cell phone, should we be informed that the phone has very specific instructions -- usually buried deep in the ...

Natalie Portman distances herself from Israeli government with Genesis Prize refusal

By Brittany Proctor For Mitzpeh @Theyenvybritt_ Views expressed in opinion columns are the author's own. Natalie Portman, an actress and film producer, has recently been under criticism for her recent boycott on the Israeli Government. However, Portman turned down the opportunity to receive the Genesis Prize in Israel which was the ...

D.C. council member needs to do more than apologize

By Mitzpeh staff @Mitzpeh Jews control the weather. At least, that’s what Washington, D.C. Councilmember Trayon White implied in a video he took last month. “Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” he said. “And D.C. ...

Cynthia Nixon could make impact as New York governor

By Haleigh Whisted Staff writer @HaleighWhisted Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. Cynthia Nixon, previously one of the “Sex and the City” star actresses, is running for New York state governor this year. If she wins, Nixon will create huge controversy due to her family’s connection to Judaism and stance ...

Israel’s response to shooting of Palestinian journalist sets precedent for future international relations

By Rebecca Piassek For Mitzpeh @rebeccapiassek Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own. A Palestinian journalist was shot dead and five others were reportedly injured by gunfire during protests along the Gaza border last week. Israeli defense officials have since come out to claim that the slain journa...

Why every Jew (and anyone, honestly) should visit a concentration camp at some point in life

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 It’s a horrendous thing to witness. It’s uncomfortable, saddening, and haunting. And yet, visiting a concentration camp is an absolutely necessary experience. There are so many reasons people should visit at least one concentration camp in their lifetimes. For Jews, they’re a reminder ...

Backman’s Corner: Why do we count days during the Omer?

By Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Why do we count the days? To know when school will be out! Sefirah refers to the counting of days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Passover was the time the Jews left Egypt and Shavuot is the time they received the Torah from G-d at Mount Sinai. The time between is seen as a time they ...