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Aryeh Younger
Aryeh Younger has formerly worked and written for The Daily Beast's Open Zion blog and is the current editor-in-chief of The Beacon, where he continues to write on American foreign policy and its intersection in the Middle East. After spending considerable time in Israel’s Yeshivat Har Etzion and New York’s Yeshiva University, Aryeh has continued to push boundaries by advocating for higher-levels of freedom and tolerance within Orthodox Judaism. He has previously contributed articles to The Daily Beast, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward and other publications.

Entries by Aryeh Younger

Keeping It Cool in the Diaspora

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 8:09 PM

"There really isn't anything we can do," my friend whispered to me on the phone, feeling helpless and scared. We'd just been informed that a close mutual friend of ours had been deployed to the Gaza border, in preparation for what has now become part of Israel's ongoing ground incursion...

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Swarthmore College and the Need for Jewish Unity

(15) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 11:43 AM

The Swarthmore College Hillel Board recently published an open letter in the publication I edit, The Beacon, where they declare their Hillel to be an Open Hillel, capable of inviting speakers and guests with any range of perspectives on Zionism. In response to that declaration, Hillel International's president...

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Making Peace With the Iranian People

(87) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Speaking at an event at Yeshiva University a couple days ago, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson suggested that the United States should drop a nuclear warhead in a deserted part of Iran as a precondition for any future negotiations with the ostracized nation. While Adelson's concerns of a nuclear...

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Creating New Norms: Explaining Obama's Red Line

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Among the many arguments that we've heard against military intervention in Syria is the claim that, even if Assad ceases to use chemical weapons, he will continue to kill countless innocent people with conventional arms anyway. After all, more than 100,000 Syrians have already been killed in the conflict, and...

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Re-teaching the Holocaust: A Call for Intervention in Syria

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Two years ago, a friend of mine published an article in The Beacon about the need for our society to change the way it approaches Holocaust education. Many who read the article grossly misinterpreted the authors point, and thought that he intended to belittle the Holocaust...

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Harvard and the Israel Debate

(47) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 9:27 AM

The day after I handed in my final final exam of the semester, I decided to follow up on a story that a friend had spoken about at Harvard. My friend is a member of the PJA, the Progressive Jewish Alliance, and had recently planned to co-sponsor an...

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Gilad Shalit and a Distorted Zionism

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Gilad Shalit came to my school.

He didn't speak. He sat patiently -- quietly -- while being praised by an array of Jewish academics and members of my school's faculty. He looked nervous and scared, as though he would rather have been anywhere but there, at America's most Zionistic university,...

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Two Jews, Three Opinions: Can We Still Get Along?

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 2:37 PM

"Isn't that the home of the famous Hebrew Union College?" a South African friend once remembered of my hometown. I stared at him for a few moments before realizing that I had never considered that place to be something important. Despite having grown up in the same city for over...

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Todd Akin, Female Sexuality and an Orthodox Approach

(7) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Just the other day, the media was rightfully in an uproar after a Republican senatorial hopeful stupidly suggested that "legitimate" rape rarely results in a pregnancy. Within hours of this verbal blunder, nearly every conceivable politician, Republican or Democrat, denounced the congressman for his insensitivity, while many, including the Republican...

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The High Pressure World of Orthodox Jewish Dating

(3) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 8:32 AM

The words I am single and I need your help, bolded and italicized just so, jumped out at me from the bottom of the e-mail. As the editor of The Beacon, an online newspaper for Orthodox Jewish college students, I had received several submissions like this before, and...

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