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Eight Non-Jewish UCLA Student Council Representatives Deny Antisemitism, Pass Resolution Arguing NSJP Targeted by False “Accusations of Antisemitism”

Sole Jewish representative votes no. Hillel at UCLA not explicitly invited to meeting. One action item reappeared on the weekly agendas for the first three meetings of UCLA’s newly sworn-in student government: a resolution condemning “misinformation” about Students for Justice…

The Power of Prayer

I believe that our generation is craving a spiritual connection. We can sense the depth of our existence even though an epicurean mist has made our vision hazy. Last year while working for the UCLA Journal of Religion I read…

How Counting the Omer Makes Time More Real

When a baby is conceived, their parents excitedly count the days until their birth. After birth, each week is precious. During the first years of a child’s life, for a parent, each milestone is important and shared with whoever cares…

Loving or Hating a Jew: Which is Easier?

“I have never seen such beautiful blue water!” Jennifer proclaimed as she is telling you about her amazing spring break trip to Cancun. You could not afford to go anywhere. You feel the tremendous stress of your forced smile and…

Response to Daily Bruin Editorial on the Poway Shooting

A young self-avowed white nationalist walks into a synagogue in Poway with an AR-15 rifle. Yelling anti-Semitic slurs, he shoots and kills Lori Gilbert Kaye, the mother of a current UCLA student. He wounds but does not manage to kill…

The Only Way to Win is to be Proud

“She drove me to Hebrew day 6-8th grade almost every day. Lives down the street from me” This was the text I received after Shabbat from a close childhood friend about Lori Gilbert Kaye, the woman who was mercilessly killed…

Parashat Acharei Mot: A Lesson in Comforting

As Parashat Acharei Mot begins, Aaron is still dealing with the fallout of the tragic death of two of his sons. The Midrash in Avot D’rabbi Nathan (1:14) states that Moshe had already comforted Aaron in the immediate aftermath of…

USAC Elections: Candidate Statements on Jewish Community and Anti-Semitism

Ha’Am reached out to USAC candidates and asked them, if elected, how they would represent the Jewish community at the student government council table. Introductions and voting solicitations have been redacted. Candidate statements have not been otherwise edited. Contested offices:…

Taste of Torah: Shabbat Hagadol — Community and Nationhood

Shabbat HaGadol (the Great Sabbath) is the name given to the Shabbat immediately preceding Passover. It is very fitting that Passover, the ultimate holiday of preparation, should have its own day honoring the very fact that Passover requires preparation. In his…

Your Right To Strike Ends Where My Right to an Education Begins

The University of California System has a long and proud history of union strikes which are often utilized to stand up for every worker’s right to fair pay, appropriate benefits and equal treatment. Unpopular Opinion: unions have begun to abuse…