Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg

Arthur Hertzberg, a champion of Jewish liberalism and independent thought who led the American Jewish Congress, stoked Jewish support for the civil rights movement, called for Palestinian statehood immediately after the 1967 Six-Day War, helped to found Peace Now, and wrote, edited, or collaborated on thirteen books, many of them about American Jewish history and […]

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September 9: Ullman’s Dream Laboratory

Psychoanalyst and parapsychologist Montague Ullman, who  founded the Dream Laboratory at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and devoted himself to the study of dreams — and mental telepathy — was born on this date in 1916. Ullman was a psychiatrist trained at the New York University School of Medicine and the New York Medical College, […]

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December 20: Sidney Hook

An important American philosopher and Marxist who became a fervent critic of leftwing politics and totalitarianism of both the left and right, Sidney Hook was born in Brooklyn to Austrian Jewish immigrants on this date in 1902. For six decades he was a leading proponent of John Dewey’s pragmatism, and he headed New York University’s […]

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