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OpEdge: When Commencement Speakers Chicken Out

by Marc Jampole Across the country, colleges are holding graduation ceremonies for hundreds of thousands of graduates. But what used to be called the graduation season is rapidly gaining a new name: commencement speaker cancellation season. This year, in particular, there seems to be a large number of high profile commencement speakers who have backed […]

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Wall Street and Jewish Ethical Identity

Jews and the Financial Meltdown by George Salamon “We are doing God’s work.” —Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs “How odd of God/To choose the Jews.” —William Norman Ewer, British journalist We know that versions of the second thought ran through the minds of some moviegoers as they watched Inside Job, the award-winning 2010 documentary about […]

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June 22: Billy Wilder

Filmmaker Billy (Samuel) Wilder, whose Some Like It Hot (1959) was named the all-time greatest American comedy film by the American Film Institute in 2000, was born in Austria-Hungary on this date in 1906. Wilder fled Nazi Germany for Paris and then Hollywood, where he established himself as a film director with Double Indemnity, which […]

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Jews in Latin America: Past and Present

Facing Problems of Social Transformation by Paul Horowitz Originally published in the September, 1981 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this Essay: Jews of the Latin American Republics, by Judith Laikin Elkin. University of North Carolina Press, 1980, 313 pages. IN THE EARLY 1970S THE EARLY CHILEAN RIGHT Tried to focus middle-class and elite anger, unleashed […]

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Emma Lazarus & Jewish Secularism

For the 75th Anniversary of the Death of Emma Lazarus, November 19, 1887 by June Gordon Originally published in the November, 1962 issue of Jewish Currents Dear Editors: Thank you for inviting me to comment on M.L.G.’s letter (September, 1962), in which he asked, “Henrietta Szold epitomizes Hadassah; how does Emma Lazarus reflect secular Judaism?…” His […]

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