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Brandeis' Journal of Zionist Thought
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Chalav U'Dvash is a serious journal for public discussion of Zionism, the Jewish people, and Israel by undergraduate Brandeis students. Writing for Chalav U'Dvash is fun, because Chalav U'Dvash gives you the opportunity to express yourself about issues of Jewish peoplehood, nationality, identity, and politics that you are most passionate about.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for in-depth and thought-provoking articles focusing on Israel, Zionism, and the Jewish people. Your article should be well-researched and explore various aspects of your topic and take a stance on your issue. Articles should be between 1500 and 4000 words.

The most important aspect is the thesis--it must say something of substance, and make an argument. If all your article says is "X happened," then it isn't exciting. You aren't writing a textbook. Take a strong stance on an issue, think fresh, and make sure that you don't leave your reader asking "So what?"--you should answer it for them!


In addition to original articles, Chalav U'Dvash will publish papers that you have written for classes so long as the topic fits within the focus of the journal. Submit your paper, and we will work with you to edit it so that we can publish it!

How to Contribute

If you already have written a paper and would like to contribute it, e-mail it to chalav AT brandeis DOT edu.

If you are interested in writing an original article for Chalav U'Dvash, contact chalav AT brandeis DOT edu with your article topic. If you are not sure what to write about, contact us and we will help you come up with a suitable topic.

What We Do For You

We are on your side, and will do all we can to help you through the process of writing your article. This includes helping you find books for research, being your writing counselor, and also helping brainstorm ideas and further avenues of research. Unfortunately we won't do your chemistry labs for you, but we understand that sometimes everyone gets bogged down (especially us!) and want to help you so that you have enough time to breathe every once in a while.


Deadlines are not going to kill you, but it is important that we all meet our deadlines so that the Journal can go to the printers sometime. There are three deadlines that you should remember when writing an article: the Abstract deadline, the Draft deadline, and the Final deadline. We will want a 50- to 100-word abstract of your article where you tell us what you will write about and what your thesis is. This is not completely binding but it lets us know what you will be working on and allows us to figure out how to structure the issue. Two to three weeks after the Abstract deadline is the Draft deadline, which is when we will expect your first full draft of the article. We will then look it over, make changes, send it back to you to edit it and make more changes, and over a couple more weeks we will work together to make it into an article that everyone can be proud of to see in print. The Final deadline is when we expect to have all of this work done.

The Editorial Process

When we receive your article, we will give you feedback, and then you'll give us a second draft. After the second draft, it will be edited by each of the Editors-in-Chief and we will fact-check your article. After this first round of editing, we will set up a peer-review system in which everyone reads two other articles to look for problems. We will correct and maybe massage your English to make it more appealing to the senses, but because the articles are in your name, we will never make a substantial change without putting it past you first. Before beginning the layout process, we will have you OK your article so that we know it's good to go.


There must be some sort of facts behind your articles Ð otherwise they will be baseless Ð and the more outside facts you have in your articles, the better. We will be expecting properly cited endnotes, so that we can check your articles and make sure we won't be printing lies and blasphemy.

Chalav U'Dvash: Brandeis' Journal of Zionist Thought (Print ISSN 1559-1069, Online ISSN 1559-1077) is an independent forum for discussion relating to Israel, Zionism, and the Jewish People and is a recognized club by the Brandeis Student Union. We publish a journal twice per semester, and copies are available free-of-charge to Brandeis students. Contact us to request copies.

Chalav U'Dvash has no ideological or political bias. We give our writers the opportunity and freedom to express their opinions and viewpoints within a well-researched and factual framework, and so any bias within Chalav U'Dvash is strictly that of our writers and not the journal itself.

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