About Me

I am currently a graduate student in English literature at Berkeley. Before that, I was a Dorot fellow in Israel, and before that, I helped start Open Zion, a group blog that was curated by journalist Peter Beinart and based at The Daily Beast. I’ve written for The New Republic, TheAtlantic.com and The Jewish Daily Forward, inter alia. I occasionally tweet @RaffiMagarik; my work has been translated into Yiddish and Arabic. I graduated Yale with BA in English. I’ve studied rabbinics at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa and Yeshivat Hadar—where I have also taught—and I interned at “Room for Debate,” the online opinion forum of The New York Times. I also teach for Kevah. I once lived in Uganda for three months, and I like to bake clafoutis.

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5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Raphael,

    I’m writing to see if you might be interested in submitting your work to a new literary-cultural print quarterly called “The Bad Version.” We focus on nonfiction writing that, grounded in the personal experience of the writer, attempts to engage with the larger cultural, social, and political issues confronting our world today. We came across your writing in our search for new voices (both your fiction at Shibboleth and your nonfiction at The Atlantic and Zion Square), and you are exactly the kind of young, up-and-coming writer we would love to work with.

    You can check out our website here: http://www.thebadversion.com. We recently put out our second issue, and you can read all of the content on the website. You can also see our submission guidelines here: http://thebadversion.com/submit-to-the-bad-version. We would love to hear from you if you have anything you’d be interested in writing, or any ideas that you would like to work towards making into a piece. We have a talented group of editors who are ready to work with writing at any stage of completion.

    Do let us know if you’d be interested!

    All the best,

    Sanders I. Bernstein
    Editor, The Bad Version

  2. Hi Raphael!

    Read a couple of your blog posts from forward.com and think you have very interesting perspective as a rising writer/blogger. I’m a fellow Yalie and working on a journalism startup that desperately needs voices such as yours! Would you be interested in giving us some feedback and possibly posting on our site? It’s called Perooz and in the early MVP stage (www.perooz.io). You can also see us on twitter @PeroozNews.

    I’ll shoot you over an email as well but just wanted to say, loved your posts!

    -Sneha

  3. I don’t think it’s perverse to wonder if Cornell West is an antisemite? It’s a reaction to over 2,000 years of Jewish history. It is also the result of being surrounded by antisemitism on the left and on the right. It is the result of being told that something you see as antisemitism is as lie to silence critics of Israel when you’re critical of the Israeli government, and no claim of antisemitism is genuine unless the person is a Nazi or on the far right.

  4. DEAR RAPHAEL
    I JUST READ YOUR COMMENTARY ABOUT SHOOING HOBBY LOBBY FOR PROCURING TORAH SCROLLS. SHAME ON YOU FOR TELLING OTHER PEOPLE HOW TO SPEND THEIR MONEY, AND ASSUMING THAT ONE CANNOT BE EDUCATED WITHOUT ATTENDING COLLEGE. PERHAPS YOU ARE YOUNG AND IGNORANT AND JUST DON’T KNOW BETTER. MY FATHER WAS ACADEMIC DEAN OF A WELL KNOWN COLLEGE HERE IN THE SOUTHERN US, HE HELD 5 DEGREES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, INCLUDING A DOCTORATE FROM DUKE UNIVERSITY. AS FOR MYSELF, I HOLD A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM UNC-CHAPEL HILL. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN TO GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. BUT I WOULD NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS TO PURPORT THAT I COULD NOT LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO STARTED A FAMILY BUSINESS IN THEIR HOME AND BUILT IT INTO A SUCCESSFUL BILLION DOLLAR EMPIRE THAT HAS TAKEN A STAND WHEN GOVERNMENT TRIES TO LEGISLATE MORALITY. PERHAPS YOU SHOULD WIDEN YOUR HORIZON, AND REALIZE THAT EVERY GOD GIVEN HUMAN BEING HAS GIFTINGS AND IS EDUCATED IN THINGS FROM LIFE THAT CAN TRANSCEND THE HIGHEST DEGREE BESTOWED ON ONE BY A SO CALLED INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING. I SUGGEST YOUR NEXT CLASS BE “HUMILITY 101”. MAY LONGER LIFE EXPERIENCE GIVE YOU GREATER WISDOM.

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