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Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own.

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 ...

U.S. embassy move in Israel would delay peace

Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Since his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump has left a trail of broken campaign promises in his wake. His plan to build a wall on the southern border at Mexico’s expense ended up sticking ...

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

By Eli Backman For the Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh A friend told me this time period is called ‘Sefirah’ and we count the days. Please explain? To know when school will be out! Sefirah, which means “count” in Hebrew, refers to the counting of days ...

Marine Le Pen wrong choice for France

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Marine Le Pen is not “the Donald Trump of France.” Regardless of one’s stance on the ongoing anti-Semitism allegations against President Donald Trump’s administration, the anti-Semitism that ...

New SGA should combat hateful messages directed toward Jewish community

By Sean Strader For the Mitzpeh @seanstrader13 With a new student government in place for the next academic year, there are many issues it must set its sights on. However, with hostile messages still being posted around campus, maintaining a ...

Jewish comedian embraces American, Israeli cultural gimmicks

Alyson Kay Staff writer @alysonlyn   On Friday night, comedian Benji Lovitt performed in front of a packed room at Hillel during Israel week. The audience laughed at Lovitt’s humorous descriptions of college and Israel, as ...

Trump’s decision to bomb Syria creates repercussions for Israel

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD As a Jewish state, Israel is already vulnerable to attacks from its neighbors. The country has a long history of conflict with the surrounding states – many of which seek its destruction. Israel is of ...

White House Seder should remain significant tradition

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh During former President Barack Obama’s term, three low-level staff members gathered during the first night of Passover to have a thrown-together Seder. After Obama, a Christian, discovered this, he turned it into a ...

Trump administration should look to replace ineffective press secretary

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 In the last few months, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has had to clarify some confusing and controversial statements from President Donald Trump. And up until this past week, I had some ...

First official Pakistani Jew opens door for Jewish community

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD On March 28, the Pakistani government notified Fishel Benkhald that he would be permitted to identify his religion on his government-issued identification as “Jewish.” In any other civilized country, ...