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Politics in class: “alternative facts” or necessary discussions?

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD In early February, in a segment about the “far left agenda” on college campuses, Bill O’Reilly claimed that “higher education is the biggest threat to Americans right now.” His guest on the show ...

Trump performing balancing act between supporting, ignoring Jewish interests

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh In his first 22 days in office, President Donald Trump has met with a slew of foreign leaders. Last week, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came for his first official visit with the Trump administration on ...

Refugees revisited: resettlement in the Trump era

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD In November 2015, I wrote a piece on the question of the Syrian refugee resettlement program and what American policy should be, moving forward after the terror attacks in Paris. In that piece, I asserted ...

Neil Gorsuch should be given fair chance, might be good for American Jews

By Max Breene Sports editor @maxbreene18             On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump nominated judge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to be the next associate Supreme Court justice of ...

Tu B’Shevat good reminder to be kind to environment

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Every year, Jews celebrate Tu B’Shevat sometime in the middle of the winter to celebrate the new year for trees.  The holiday’s date is determined by the Jewish calendar, and falls on the 15th of ...

Round House’s “Caroline, or Change” successful, addresses important issues of class and race

By Alyson Kay Staff writer @alysonlyn   Round House Theatre in Bethesda showed the musical “Caroline, or Change” Thursday at a discounted price for its College Night. Set in the 1960s after the death of President John Kennedy, the ...

Backman’s Corner: What does it mean to be an educated Jew?

By Eli Backman For the Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh             I received an email from a student, who was writing a thesis paper, with the following question: “Who is an educated Jew?” Before you continue reading, ...

US abstention on UN settlement vote harms relationship with Israel, UN

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh   When the Obama administration declined to vote on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, it may have not only entrenched settlements as a policy of the Israeli government, but also harmed the United States’ ...

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 ...

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 ...