Words of the Week

“Jewish history and Black history are actually replete with flawed heroes, dating all the way back, in Jewish history, to the biblical patriarch Jacob, who deceived his father, stole his brother’s birthright, and played favorites among his children. In America, there have been Black leaders like W. E. B. Du Bois who reviled Jews, and Jewish leaders, like Mordecai Noah, who reviled Blacks. Perfect heroes, for obvious reasons, have been few and far between. Indeed, the more closely we probe, the more flaws even the greatest of our heroes inevitably display.”

Source: Jonathan Sarna, “Woodrow Wilson Was a Hero to Jews: What Should We Do with His Racism?” (Forward)

Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

But the subject of lyric translation is arcane, the Hamburg production is delayed, and now I think we’ll have to wait to hear ‘young, scrappy and hungry’ auf Deutsch.

Source: Michael Paulson, “Five Years and 100-Plus Stories: What It’s Like Covering ‘Hamilton’” (The New York Times)

Words of the Week

The question, then, isn’t whether but how to criticize. If you must criticize Israel, do so with the intention of helping Israel grow. Criticize with pride in our achievements, not only with disapproval of our failures. And don’t delight in the role of rebuker. 

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