Author: Gabriella Hoffman

Jews and Conservatism: An Interview with YJC President David Milstein

Tweet American Jews are re-evaluating their support for President Obama and the Democrat Party.  Although Jewish voters historically gravitate to the American Left, there is a noticeable shift in their voting behavior of late. What best explains this? Many Jews are disgruntled with Obama’s poor treatment of Israel. In 2011, President Obama called for Israel to return to pre-1967 borders – a move criticized by many for suggesting Israel return to “indefensible ‘Auschwitz’ borders.” This sentiment was affirmed in NY-09’s special election to replace disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner – a contest in a heavily Jewish, pro-Israel district. Bob...

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“October Baby” Movie Affirms Notion That Every Life is Beautiful

Tweet Last weekend, my family and I watched “October Baby” over “The Hunger Games.” It came as no surprise when the “The Hunger Games” claimed the Number 1 spot at the box office. While I’m not familiar with the namesake book, I prefer movies that tickle emotions and instill important values on its viewers. “October Baby” came in at Number 8 and did surprisingly well with its limited release. Although “October Baby” isn’t viewed with the same fervor as “The Hunger Games,” it deserves equal attention for spotlighting the pro-life movement. It takes immense courage to produce a pro-life...

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“Israeli Apartheid Week” Rears Its Ugly Head Again

The Arab-Israeli conflict will take center-stage at most American universities February 26 – March 3, 2012. “Israel Apartheid Week” is the most politically charged event held on campus each year. As a result, it will shape campus dialogue and not go unnoticed. During “Israeli Apartheid Week,” members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) approach classmates and ask them to condemn Israel for alleged human rights violations against Palestinians. These activists will tell their peers that Israel is not a legitimate country. They’ll add that Israel denies rights to Palestinians, therefore making it...

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President Obama Delivers State of Disarray Address

Last night, President Obama delivered his third State of the Union address before Congress. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers were present for the speech. Entitled “An America Built to Last,” Obama’s speech was touted to be monumental.  Much to the dismay of Obama, he lived up to expectations and delivered the usual far-leftist talking points. Upon making his grand entrance, President Obama received the celebrity treatment and, per usual, was adorned by fans and supporters. No stranger to campaigning, Obama gladly signed autographs and embraced his Democratic colleagues. Not surprisingly, he used the State of the Union address as an opportunity to fundraise for his campaign: Tonight, we set the tone for the year ahead. I’m going to lay out in concrete terms the path we need to take as a country if we want an economy that works for everyone and rewards hard work and responsibility. Barack Obama, with his leftist rhetoric in tow, beamed with confidence throughout his speech. Although Team Obama is emboldened by incumbency this election year, polls and dismal economic conditions spell trouble for the president. A Fox News poll from January 11-13 reports 45 percent of Americans approve Obama’s performance, while 47 percent disapprove and eight percent are undecided. Similarly, a RealClearPolitics poll averaging Obama’s job performance from January 5-23 shows 46 percent approve of his performance, while 48 disapprove. Much to the...

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Universities Should Embrace Intellectual Diversity, Not Political Correctness

“Academic freedom and intellectual diversity are values indispensable to the American university… the concept of academic freedom has been premised on the idea that human knowledge is a never-ending pursuit of the truth, that there is no humanly accessible truth that is not in principle open to challenge, and that no party or intellectual faction has a monopoly on wisdom. Therefore, academic freedom is most likely to thrive in an environment of intellectual diversity that protects and fosters independence of thought and speech.” –David Horowitz, Academic Bill of Rights The American university is heavily touted as the marketplace of ideas. All viewpoints will be tolerated, academics decry.  College is the prime time to grow as an intellectual and free thinker.  Why not expand one’s horizons and absorb information? The best and brightest students—free from the clutches of parents and fresh out of high school—will be sent to universities to be cultivated into tomorrow’s leaders. In a typical span of four years, students will learn, make life-long friends, and become model citizens. Many opportunities are also afforded to college students. One can study majors like architecture, journalism, political science, or bioengineering, for example. One can take classes with renowned professors. One can be active in student government, Greek life, or a political club. What could be harmful about confiding in professors and entrusting young adults to university officials? Much to...

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