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Names matter a whole lot in Judaism: Just ask Abram what happened once God added that extra H to his name and commanded him to leave his country and go in search of the promised land. And so, this week, we’d like to take up a question that several listeners had brought up over the years: What to call really religious Jews.
All would agree that Warren Buffett, the third richest person in the world, is not just a good and charitable human being, he is also the consummate Democrat. Few would question his Democratic Party bona fides.
After all, he campaigned for President Obama, who then leaned on Buffett as an economic advisor. Similarly, Buffett openly endorsed Hillary Clinton and then campaigned for her. Plus, on all the main issueshealth care, taxes, and abortionBuffet is a good Democrat.
A space queen. A hip-hop artist. An appreciator of boy booties. And a nice Jewish, Ivy-League educated feminist.
Malka Red is an up-and-coming rapper and performance artist, who’s celebrating Pride with a new single, the succinctly titled empowerment anthem “Yes Bitch.”
Israeli researchers, writing in the academic journal Plos, revealed this week that they had found evidence of fishing in the Kinneret as early as 23,000 years ago.
Analyzing 17,000 fish remains dating back to the late Upper Paleolithic, also known as the Stone Age, and discovered at the Ohalo II site on the lake’s shores, the researchers identified eight different species, including carp and tilapia. “Employing a large set of quantitative and qualitative criteria,” they wrote, “we demonstrate that the inhabitants of Ohalo II used their knowledge of the breeding behavior of different species of fish, for year-round intensive exploitation.”
When news broke yesterday evening of Charles Krauthammer’s passing, many, including some fortunate enough to have known him and many who did not, rushed to recall the columnist’s impact and praise his clarity, his insight, and his grace. But one story stood out above the rest, delivered by a young writer for Time, Nash Jenkins, in a series of tweets.
Jenkins’s father had always been a big fan of Krauthammer’s, and when he met his hero in late 2016, he posted a photograph of the encounter to Instagram. Jenkins recalls thinking how strange it was that he’d never realized Krauthammer was wheelchair boundso vital and unencumbered was his writing. Jenkins had little reason to think about this fact, however, until last year, when his father, surfing in Nicaragua, was hit by a wave, broke his neck, and severed his spinal cord. He remains paralyzed from the waist down, a terrible affliction for an active 56-year-old. As Jenkins’s father was struggling to cope with his condition, he received an email from Krauthammer.