Opinion 116 results

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

Purim vs. Halloween: Religious significance creates different meaning for Jewish holiday

By Senaya Savir, staff writer, @SenayaSavir Everyone looks to a holiday as a little escape and break from their everyday lives. Whether it’s for religious or traditional reasons, holidays bring excitement and fun to our typical schedules....

University housing plan restructured due to budget cuts, many options still available

By Jake Baum, For the Mitzpeh, @JakeAtUMD Over winter break, this university began the process of restructuring its housing plan for the years to come. State-imposed budget cuts totaling about $15.6 million stunted the university’s ability ...

“Beauty is Power” – Feminism in the Megillah

by Michele Amira Staff writer @nicejewishswag   Esther is the Beyoncé of the Megillah — the Queen B of the Talmud. If she were around today, Kanye West would appear demanding that she win the whole Megillah. But Esther isn’t the ...

Notes on the Russian-Ukrainian War

By Daniel Ofman, blog/opinion writer, @OfmanDaniel The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has persisted for almost a year. Since the Ukrainian Parliament removed former President Viktor Yanukovych from his post, the chaos in Ukraine has ...

Chapel Hill shooting defies rationalization, but media exaggerates religion’s role

By Jacob Schaperow, editor-in-chief, @jschap1 and Jacqueline Hyman, opinion editor, @jacqbh58 The shooting attack occurred last Tuesday near the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where a man killed 23-year-old dental student Deah ...

Shootings, anti-Semitism in France prompt debates over emigration

By Daniel Ofman, staff Writer, @OfmanDaniel About two weeks after the horrid attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office headquarters and a kosher market in the heart of Paris, we are now entering a time of reflection. Representatives from all over ...

Final examsssss: what to expect and how to cope

By Jacob Schaperow Final exams are coming up, and a lot of us probably feel like the guy in this Diamondback cartoon, making a heroic effort to cling on for just one more week. While we try frantically to finish our term papers, group ...

New Biblical films create excitement for old tales

By Jake Baum Historically, Hollywood isn’t exactly known for its creativity.  In the past few years, recycling film trends has been its general strategy. Many Disney sequels were announced for every franchise they had and young-adult ...

Constant terror attacks in Israel unacceptable

The biggest terror attack of its kind in years. In the “safe” part of town. Four widows on one street. Twenty-four children fatherless. The Nov. 18 attack on a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem was like all terrorism, a senseless scare tactic. ...

Mixed-heritage Jews possess equal claim to religious identity

By Jacqueline Hyman, opinion editor, @jacqbh58 In light of the recent changes to conversion laws in Israel which allow municipal rabbis to perform conversions recognized by the government, I’d like to offer my perspective on what qualifies ...