Celebrating Judaism in the Face of Antisemitism

Deborah Lipstadt of Emory College has written a helpful new book chronicling the myriad forms of antisemitism. This is useful and necessary but not especially uplifting. In the book’s final chapter — Celebrating the Good in the Face of the Bad — Lipstadt cautions the reader not to focus on the negative. She explains (p. […]

Book Review: “Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light”

I stumbled across Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light while preparing to visit Paris again, a city I have loved for almost 40 years. The author, David Downie, is an American who has lived in Paris since 1986. He loves Paris deeply and knows it far better than I do. The walk begins […]

Yale History Professor Puts the ‘Alt-Right’ in Historical Perspective

Yale history professor Timothy Snyder writing in The New York Times: When the supporters of the alt-right chant that “Jews will not replace us,” they recapitulate the Nazi idea of a world Jewry that stifles the master race and must therefore be removed from the planet. When they shout “Blood and soil,” they repeat a Nazi slogan […]

Deborah Lipstadt Criticizes Netanyahu’s Support of the Right in Hungary and Poland

Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history at Emory University, warns in The Times of Israel that some Jews are in denial about a resurgence of anti-semitism. She notes that even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allies himself with right-wing anti-semitic leaders to serve his political objectives: Most sadly of all, Israel’s political leadership […]

Podcast: Daniel Lubetzky, CEO and Son of Holocaust Survivor

Daniel Lubetzky, the CEO of KIND, is the son of a Holocaust survivor and a Mexican Jew. KIND makes fruit and nut bars. He was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States as a teenager. He’s also a Stanford-educated lawyer. Lubetzky’s father was liberated from the Dachau Concentration Camp. When Lubetzsky was […]

French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy Issues Wake-Up Call to American Jews

Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL) writing in The Forward: I wish to warn my Jewish American brothers and sisters of the danger I perceive from the vantage point of a French Jew all too familiar with anti-Semitism. I wish to warn them that they are under siege. Anti-Semitism in the U.S. is proliferating in a number of […]

U.S. Genocide Prevention Act Signed into Law

On January 14, 2019, the President signed into law the “Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018.”  The new law: Makes it U.S. policy to regard the prevention of genocide and other atrocity crimes as a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility; requires the Department of State to establish a […]

History: The Study of Human Cultures

Israeli History Professor Yuval Noah Harari defines physics, chemistry, biology and history at the very beginning of his 464-page book called “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind“: ABOUT 13.5 BILLION YEARS AGO, MATTER, energy, time and space came into being in what is known as the Big Bang. The story of these fundamental features of […]

Audiobook: “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”

Yuval Noah Harari is a history professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. But he’s no ordinary history professor. His current research focuses on big picture questions including: What’s the relationship between history and biology? Does history have a direction? Have people become happier over time? Harari does not tackle easy questions and always has something […]

Noteworthy in 2018

This blog just started on December 2, 2018. Even so, the end of the year makes me reflect on what was noteworthy for me in 2018. Social Networking Jaron Lanier’s ”Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” got me thinking about the importance having an independent web presence. The impending demise of […]