Swarthmore College, where I took my first ethics course, which changed my life Photo by Bruce Weinstein A friend of mine, whom I'll call Maurice (n...
Last week, Swarthmore Hillel declared itself an Open Hillel -- one that rejects the Israel Guidelines set by Hillel International. These guidelines have long served to undermine or exclude critical views, and thus reasoned debate, regarding Israel.
Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.
Freedom of speech, however, is an essential belief to most Americans, Jewish or not. The very thought of political censorship is enough to turn certain people away from Hillel -- and perhaps even from religion entirely.