Opinion

Hypocrisy arises as Jewish community advocates call for the release of UCSD student and DACA recipient, Orr Yakobi

A Jewish UC San Diego student and DACA recipient was detained at the U.S./Mexico border Jan. 7, after he and his roommate accidentally took a wrong turn into Mexico—sparking widespread advocacy for his release. Orr Yakobi, originally from Israel, who…

The “Two-Party Solution” Israel Needs

A growing feud between Trump and the PA threatens Israel’s bipartisan support in the United States, which can spell trouble for campus activists.

State of Liberal Judaism on Campus: Some Thoughts

Click here to see Ha’Am’s Fall 2017 Print Edition: “Growing Pains” Synagogues around the country recognize that evening services on Yom Kippur are a good opportunity to fundraise, and Hillel at UCLA is no different. This year marked my second time at…

Namaste: And Then, There was Light

Click here to see Ha’Am’s Fall 2017 Print Edition: “Growing Pains” As I rolled up my yoga mat upon concluding the day’s class, a strong feeling of deja vu washed over me. I remembered that I had felt this great feeling of…

“So What?” Making Meaningful Inroads in Inter-communal Dialogue

Click here to see Ha’Am’s Fall 2017 Print Edition: “Growing Pains” Living in Los Angeles gives us no shortage of access to interesting speakers, lectures, panels and workshops on a variety of topics we care about. In the Jewish community, we often…

Keep the Labels on Food, Not Ourselves or Each Other

Click here to see Ha’Am’s Fall 2017 Print Edition: “Growing Pains” There are a surprising number of labels that a Jewish person can use to describe their Jewish identity. It can range anywhere from the typical “Orthodox,” “Conservative,” and “Reform” denominations, to…

Boundless Horizons: How I Decided to Attend Yeshiva

Everyone’s different. I think what did it for me was really getting to know my professors. I was spending time and money on the pursuit of knowledge, led by individuals at the pinnacle of their respective fields. Part of my job as…

The Hanukkah Heroine: Lost in Translation

2017 — what a year for women! Well, maybe not all women (sorry Hillary), but it was definitely a year of breaking the cliché fairy tale storyline and of redefining the character of a “leading” lady. Between Israel’s very own…

National Monuments and Israel’s Eternal Capital: A Cognitive Dissonance in our Community

On Monday, President Donald Trump dispossessed two National Monuments in Utah of more than two million acres of land, representing the largest evisceration of protected territory in American history. On Wednesday, to the deep displeasure of Palestinian political representatives, Arab…

Proposed Tax Law Will Hurt Grad Students

Master’s and Ph.D. Candidates will be asked to pay taxes on funds they never actually receive.