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Spanish Lessons

Sitting at my Shabbes dinner table on a Friday night during the plague, I learned that Spanish had two words for assassin. The first was asesino and the second was sicario. According to the dictionary, sicario is more of a hitman, while asesino is an assassin. A distinction without a real difference....

Annexation as an Outrage to Common Sense

More than 70 years since the Nakba, and more than 50 years since it militarily occupied the West Bank and Gaza, Israel is planning to officially annex further parts of the West Bank in “undoubtedly, the most significant move it has made since it occupied it in 1967.” Originally announced to be formally...

Whither — or Wither — Morality?

Whither morality in this moment of Annexation? Is it withering? Or is it reviving? For decades, Israelis and Jews around the world have been taught that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is the “most moral army in the world.” Derived from the concept of “purity of arms,” the Spirit of the IDF...

2020 Vision

Hannah Smith is a Master’s student at Stanford University in Latin American Studies. This week I opened my drawer at my family’s home in Maryland to find the t-shirt I received upon my acceptance to Stanford four and a half years ago. The back of the t-shirt taunted me – “We have...

Elijah’s Violin

  There is a Jewish folktale from Egypt called “Elijah’s Violin” and I had to go track it down after I, along with so many, became aware of the heartrending story of Elijah McClain. One year ago, McClain suffered fatal injuries at the hands of arresting officers in Colorado who held him...

Wrestling with Whiteness

I stand at the intersection of many competing and sometimes incongruent identities finding it hard to breathe.  I say this acknowledging that I am able to breathe and am alive while others like George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and more have been murdered....

Daniel Sieradski