Avigayil Halpern
Staff Columnist
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HALPERN: Ditch Shabtai

When Senator Cory Booker LAW ’97 announced his presidential run, the News’ headline announced: “Shabtai founder Cory Booker LAW ’97 to run for president.” Several […]

HALPERN: Pause for a moment

This year, controversy raged around the Women’s March. Questions of antisemitism and movement building were central to difficult conversations about the march’s leadership, leading many […]

HALPERN: Safety through solidarity

It has long been a great fear of mine that I would write this op-ed. For the past few years, I have had a lingering […]

HALPERN: Fearful trembling

In July, I was arrested protesting outside the home of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase. The arrest, technically for blocking traffic on Park Avenue, […]

HALPERN: Awe and absences

We are now at the moment in the school year where the chaos of Camp Yale and shopping period begins to wane. For me, though, […]

HALPERN: Trolling and trust

I often feel apologetic when I tell people that I am an opinion columnist for the News. The opinion pages, so the narrative goes, are […]

HALPERN: Confrontation and community

It has been recently argued in the News that to criticize stridency and passionate argument in the classroom is to criticize a uniquely Jewish mode […]

HALPERN: Ashes and fringes

Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite days to walk around Yale’s campus. It is a rare delight for me — which is ironic given […]

HALPERN: Whim ‘n’s spaces

The decision of the Whiffenpoofs and Whim ’n’ Rhythm to open themselves to singers of all genders has been greeted with much excitement and praise […]

HALPERN: A Christian campus

Yale was founded as The Collegiate School in 1701, with the goal of maintaining the stringent standards of Puritan religion that its founders viewed as […]

HALPERN: After Halloween, reject fear

The Christmas ads have already started. Commercials depicting fat bearded Santas constantly interrupt my favorite shows. Even before Thanksgiving the misnamed “holiday season” makes me […]