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Sanctions only viable option to combat Iran’s nuclear program

by Jake Baum “Opportunity, prosperity and justice”: President Barack Obama used these words in 2009 to describe his hopes for the future of the Iranian government’s attitude toward its people. However, the reality that Obama envisioned is far from the truth. Many political groups throughout America, Israel and Iran have speculated ...

With reduced campus parking options, can students park at Hillel?

By Jacob Schaperow, Editor-in-chief, @jschap1 For those of you who know me, you know that I am not much of a rule-breaker. So when I got my first parking ticket from the Department of Transportation Services last summer, it should be no surprise that I didn’t mean to park illegally. I assumed the space in Lot O1 was free because it was ...

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. This month, the Jews celebrated Purim. Every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month Adar, the Jewish ...

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 to expand many of its assets, including, most importantly, the housing program. Originally, the ...

“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 only superhero in the Talmud. Although the previous queen, Vashti, has been cast away — both by ...

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 Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, who attended UNC ...

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 dystopian movies haven’t stopped coming out. Now another old, quality trend is making its way back on ...

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. Five men were killed, including Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel ...

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 one as being Jewish. As someone with a mixed background, I have been questioned about my "quali...

Hillel dining not environmentally friendly like other campus diners

By Jacob Schaperow   Three hundred and seventy cubic feet. That’s about how much polystyrenewaste is generated by students on the Hillel dining plan each week. Polystyrene is the plastic foam used to make the plates and cups students on the Hillel meal plan become accustomed to using, and 370 cubic feet is enough solid waste to ...