Business, the Natural Environment and Jewish Values: Competing Interests or Symbiosis?

From Ha’Am’s Winter Edition, “The Divide”  Conventional public sentiment presumes that pursuit of profit and protection of the environment are mutually exclusive interests. Where does the Halacha — Jewish religious law — fall on these issues? Many businesses have long…

PewDiePie’s Anti-Semitic Joke: Death to All Jews

Two South Asian in loincloths dance, a poster declaring “Death to all Jews” in their hands: In his attempt to “entertain,” Pewdiepie went too far.

War of the words: How word choice is shaping political debate

Let’s face it. “Good grammar” is about as cool as pocket protectors. Nowadays, it seems as though the majority of written communication is done through text messaging, Facebook posts or emails that sound like text messages. Strangely enough, while proper…

Trump’s Presidential “Mistake” on International Holocaust Memorial Day

This past month, U.S. President Donald Trump made a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that left many rather disturbed: “Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. ‎ As we remember those who…

Manny Dahari: Jewish Refugee Detained at JFK Airport

Yemenite Yeshiva University student hopeful despite 3.5 hour detainment at airport due to President Trump’s recent immigration ban

The Plasco Building: A Reflection

Panic struck the people of Tehran, Iran on January 19, 2017 as they watched the city’s beloved, 17-story Plasco Building collapse to the ground. The incident is believed to have been caused by a fire that started in the morning…

The Changing Middle East and its Implications for Israel

From Fall 2016 Print Edition, “Transitions” If you’ve been following the news in the Middle East, you have probably noticed a popular trend in the region — instability. Since the 2010 eruption of the Arab spring in Tunisia, political unrest…

Israeli company rumored to have helped FBI crack iPhone

Over the past several weeks, a major debate has taken place in America over what could be a defining moment for the world of technology. This debate, the FBI vs Apple encryption dispute, proves most intriguing since Cellebrite, an Israeli…

“My Father’s Paradise”: a professor’s journey from Kurdistan to UCLA

One of my main goals upon starting UCLA was to take advantage of opportunities that would allow me to learn more about my heritage. While I was thrilled to find that my campus boasted renowned programs in Persian and Jewish…