Free Exercise from Smith to Fulton 

Not long ago, if you were to survey religious liberty litigators regarding the biggest obstacle to defending religious liberty, many would have pointed to a Supreme Court case called Employment Division v. Smith. In Smith, the Supreme Court determined that…

Unraveling Unity: How Chaos Won at Universities

When was the last time you defended something that you believed in? Was it discussing dinner with your partner? Perhaps talking about an upcoming election or standing up for a friend in need? Now, think about why you defended it. Was…

Satire: Statements by Student Organizations Provide Moral Clarity, Actionable Solutions for UCLA and the Middle East 

Notes:  This story is inspired by recent events in the larger world and on campus. The situation in this story is not meant to resemble any one entity in particular. The views expressed in this post reflect the views of…

Opinion: Good Discussion Requires Good History

Rational discussion about the Israeli-Palestine conflict has been overridden by morally loaded language that hinders achieving productive dialogue. The rise of social media and the subsequent spreading of misinformation has exacerbated this problem. Morally loaded language such as “apartheid”, “settler-colonialism”,…

At UCLA, Waving the White Flag Turned Campus Dark

Image captured by Hailey Zill Oscar Wilde once famously said: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he’ll tell you the truth.” Late on Tuesday night, April 30, precisely such a…

From Shoah to Our Shelves: Nazi-Looted Books at UCLA

Since 2021, UCLA Jewish and Israel Studies Librarian Dr. Diane Mizrachi has been uncovering Nazi-looted books in the UCLA Library collection.  While the repatriation of Nazi-looted art has been a subject of debate, there has been a dearth of academic…

Believe Israeli Women

Recently, Amit Soussanna, an Israeli woman who was kidnapped by Hamas on October 7th, held hostage for 55 days, and eventually released as part of a hostage-prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, said that a Hamas terrorist raped her at gunpoint.…

“The Place”

Growing up, I attended Jewish day school where I interacted with Jewish wisdom, community, and culture on a daily basis. Since coming to UCLA I have felt more distant from the Jewish community and have had to define what Judaism…

Opinion- An Encampment of Ignorance

Written by Bella Brannon and Adam Thaw There’s something almost too ironic for jest about setting up a faux refugee camp in a city where 75,000 face homelessness, miles away from Rodeo Drive.  As of this morning, UCLA’s SJP has…

Melodies of Memory: Inna Faliks’ Tribute to Jewish Heritage

Jewish pianist, composer, writer, and professor Inna Faliks continues to highlight themes of collaboration and unity in her artistic output. Immigrating from antisemitic persecution and violence in the Soviet Union’s Ukraine to Chicago, Faliks was musically gifted from a young…

Purim 5784: Our place in Jewish history

Upon a surface-level study of Megillat Esther, one quickly realizes that the Scroll of Esther — read twice a year on the evening and morning of the Purim holiday — is a book unlike any other in our literary canon.…

Jewish Pride at the Bayit

The resurgence of rampant antisemitism has clouded the Jewish community’s experiences, thoughts and conversations. This shift has been felt on UCLA’s campus, where some UCLA Jewish students feel uncomfortable to publically share aspects of their Jewish identity. Just this month,…

Upon Three Things…

There is a classic Jewish teaching that has become mainstream to such an extent that, I believe, it rarely gets the full contemplation it deserves. Yet, in our current day and age, when many of society’s building blocks are being…

Opinion: Unmasking Antisemitism Expressed by USAC’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Cultural Affairs Commissioner Alicia Verdugo encourages protesters to wear masks to conceal their identity but doesn’t try to hide antisemitic sentiments in social media posts made on their UCLA-affiliated social media account. USAC’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner should represent the cultures…

“Ben Gurion Looks at the Bible” Holds Wisdom for the Current Chapter of the Jewish Story

Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, was a socialist who rejected the Marxist belief that all important struggles are economic. Rather than believing that religion, nationalism, and moral ideals obscure economic struggles, he saw intellectual and moral struggle as important…

On Campus, Jewish Students Now Confront the Quintessential “Covenant of Fate”

When he delivered his essay Kol Dodi Dofek to an audience of American Jews on the eighth anniversary of Yom Ha’atzmaut in 1956, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik formulated his vision of post-1948 religious Zionism by referencing the terrors of Treblinka,…

Daily Bruin Investigation on Israel Rally Reveals Bias

Written by Bella Brannon and Adam Thaw On January 16th, the Daily Bruin published a front-page article titled “Documents reveal details behind planning process of Bruins for Israel rally.” The title suggests a grand exposè. Language describing a “deep search”…

The Language of Hate: Confronting Antisemitism at UCLA

Never again is now.  For almost three excruciating months, we as Bruins have sat idly by and witnessed the delegitimization, implicit praise, and neutrality to the horrors of October 7th, where Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israel and slaughtered, kidnapped, raped, tortured,…

Am Yisrael Chai- UCLA Jewish Community Stands Together Amidst Terror Attacks in Israel

This article contains information about the attacks in Israel. For those who wish to avoid recounting the events of the past few days, or have lost friends and family, we recommend you stop here. ———— On the 50th anniversary of the…

Bruin Bash on Yom Kippur

Growing up attending Jewish day schools, I never had to worry about choosing between my education and my Judaism. While my friends in public schools stressed about missing classes in order to attend High Holiday services, I had days off…

Letter from the Editor: UCLA, Jewish Community Must Stand Against Hatred

For months, the Jewish community has rightfully called out antisemitism on college campuses, such as swastika graffiti and widespread attacks on visibly Jewish students. As the Muslim and pro-Palestinian community faces overt hatred and physical violence, we must call it…

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