Articles by Yitzchak Fried

Group of LGBTQ Allies Responds to Westboro Protest with Counter-Protest

WBC counter protest

On a drizzly Monday morning, around a dozen Yeshiva University students came together to counter a demonstration by the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). In response to the Church’s message that “God hates fags,” the group bore their own signs: “CHOSEN people choose love over hate,” “HATE is NOT a YESHIVA VALUE,” and “LGBTQ students are […]

A Girl Who Loves Her Island and a Girl Who Loves the Sea: Identity and Belonging in Moana


We can thank Disney for a long line of movies that deal with identity and coming of age. In fact, I’d say that all the best Disney movies do: The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan, Frozen. But Moana is special, because it focuses on an aspect of growing up that hasn’t gotten the attention it […]