Category Archives: The Jewish Electorate 2012

Voting My Issue

Zoe Jick
January 30, 2012

When George W. Bush was up for re-election, and I was certain that a president so universally mocked could never earn a second term, I saw a t-shirt that changed my mind. This shirt had big bubble letters across its front that read “Vote Your Issue.” The bubble letters were colored blue and white. The More »



Emily Goldberg
January 26, 2012

I despise politics. Between the Democratic hippies and the right-wing Republicans, I consider myself somewhere in the middle, where most of the ignorance lies. I simply do not see the point for politics to consume the lives of average Americans. Because of politics, families have been torn apart; something as futile as a misunderstood speech More »


An American Voter in Jerusalem

Rachel Petroff Kessler
January 19, 2012

I was studying abroad at Hebrew University when Bush bested Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election. A Brandeis alumna living in the neighborhood of French Hill (near the University’s Mt. Scopus campus) graciously opened up her home to Brandeis students to watch the returns come in. And so I tagged along as we got up More »


Vote because I can’t

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
January 12, 2012

I’m an anchor baby. Born in the U.S. while my Canadian father was in rabbinical school, I was supposed to be born in Toronto. Indeed, my mother had plane tickets for Canada three days after my sister and I came a month early, surprise twins. I’m not supposed to be an American. But I am, More »


On politics, shame and anger

Caryn Aviv
January 9, 2012

“Shame is the work of memory against forgetting.  Shame is what we feel when we almost entirely – yet not entirely – forget social expectations and our obligations to others in favor of our immediate gratification….And nothing inspires as much shame as being a parent….The shame of parenthood – which is a good shame – More »