Three hundred young Jews, all clad in white and blue Taglit Birthright shirts resembling the Israeli flag, cheered as our trip’s founder entered the main auditorium of Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall. I knew he was wealthy. After all, how else could he have paid for thousands of young pilgrims to fly to Israel, let alone […]Read more "Sheldon Adelson and the Politics of Birthright"
In the Jewish tradition, the bar mitzvah ceremony represents the transition from childhood to adulthood. When one becomes a bar or bat mitzvah, he or she is ready to take on the responsibilities of full membership in the Jewish community. Although most Jews have their bar or bat mitzvahs at 13, I had mine when […]Read more "Elissa’s Bat Mitzvah: My experience of Birthright"
Although I, a Caucasian upper middle class woman in her 20s, fit the profile of the target market for the HBO “sitcom” Girls, I have frankly never seen the appeal of either the show or its creator, Lena Dunham. I realize that this thought is not novel. Many have criticized Dunham and her character Hannah […]Read more "Lena Dunham: Satire or Bigotry?"
This article was originally published in The Daily Pulp on December 16, 2014. While it may be cold outside, walking into any department store between the day after Thanksgiving and December 25 is definitely a trip to the fires of hell. Never mind the fact that the stores are more noisy and crowded than usual, […]Read more "The Santa Claus Monopoly"
This article was originally published in The Daily Pulp on November 17, 2014. Scottish-born DJ and record producer Calvin Harris released his new album, “Motion,” on November 4. Although it is his highest-ranking debut, even reaching number one on the UK charts and number 3 on the Australian charts, the album itself has received lukewarm […]Read more "Motion: Stagnation or Experimentation?"
This article was originally published in The Daily Pulp on November 6, 2014. One week ago marks the fall of a political legend. Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, lost his battle with cancer, and there is no doubt that many Bostonians feel lost. Although I have never been a resident inside Menino’s jurisdiction, and […]Read more "Death of a Legend: The Ballad of Thomas Menino"
This article was originally published in The Daily Pulp on October 31, 2014. In the 48 hours since it has been released, Taylor Swift’s new album, “1989,” has sold one million copies. It is undeniable that T. Swift has a loyal fan base; indeed, her target audience of 14- to 24-year-old-women will never tire of […]Read more "1989: Metamorphosis or Marketing Ploy?"