Daniel Chavkin

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Backman’s Corner: the month of Cheshvan

By Eli Backman For the Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Views expressed in opinion columns are the author's own. Do you remember the rush of excitement about going through college applications? Visiting schools? Finally being accepted to some and choosing which one is right for you? You finally show up on campus as a freshman, and the ...

Assigning news ethic standards to social media platforms

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Views expressed in opinion columns are the author's own. Ever since the rise of social media sites, more consumers have been getting their news from media aggregates on the internet. Facebook, Twitter and even Google News play a huge role in disseminating news just by virtue of bringing all the ...

Inexperienced, unqualified Kushner is wrong man to broker peace in Middle East

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh When Jared Kushner made his first trip to Israel in June as a senior adviser to the president, brokering peace in the Middle East was one of his biggest responsibilities. For an issue as important to global interest as Middle East peace, one would think the U.S. would send more than an amateur diplomat to broker a ...

A call for unity against hate speech, crimes

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 This year, several acts of violence have left the country shocked and divided as citizens try to cope with losses and threats. People from many different groups have been unfairly targeted, and with these events comes the question: how do we combat this? The protests and murder in Charlo...

New Saudi leadership opens avenues for Middle East friendship

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JacobAndrewBaum Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own.  In recent history, U.S. relations with the Saudi Arabian government have been characterized by a trade-off between emphasis on human rights and security. During President Barack Obama’s administration, Saudi leaders rejected ...

Holiday commercialization great for all

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Every year on  the day after Thanksgiving, after people finish their Black Friday shopping, the snowflakes, string lights and Christmas trees immediately go up. “Jingle Bells” starts blaring in every grocery store, shopping mall and public venue you can imagine. The most powerful forces of ...

Christmas, Hanukkah overlap allows for unique holiday perspective

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 A few years ago, Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday, overlapped with Thanksgiving. It was an interesting experience, having latkes along with a big turkey and stuffing. But this year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, and the last night is on New Year’s Day. Usually, Hanukkah ...

Russian figure skating routine offensive to Holocaust

By Eliseé Browchuk For The Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Russian skaters shocked the world with offensive Holocaust-themed performance The famous Russian ice-skating pair, Tatiana Navka and Andrei Burkovsky, is raising eyebrows worldwide after their Holocaust-themed performance on reality television show, “Ice Age.” The routine was based ...

A response to anti-Semitism in wake of rising hate crimes

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the highest office in this country, there have been an increased number of hate crimes against many marginalized communities. These acts of hate range from a white teacher calling her black students the n-word in a classroom in Baltimore, to a swastika drawn on a wall at ...

Despite backlash, there is no Starbucks cup controversy

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Now that December is almost upon us, ‘tis the season for another round of conservatives stirring up outrage over a Starbucks cup. This time, however, the alt-right has taken the bait that Starbucks somehow manages to put out every year. Starbucks recently released its unity cup, a green cup ...