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Posted: Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:00 | Well Versed

One thing I’ll never forget about my 1997 interview with Oliver Sacks was that, after trying for weeks to get to see him, I neglected to turn on the tape recorder. When I left his Greenwich Village apartment and tried to play back the tape, I realized it was blank. And his voice was so soft-spoken and gripping that I barely took notes. I felt like a character out of one of his studies: The Reporter Who Mistook Her Finger for a Microphone.

Posted: Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:10 | Well Versed

It was doubly fitting that Asa Zuskin Perelman, visiting from her home in Israel, spoke earlier this month at the Center for Jewish History. Her talk, co-sponsored by YIVO, was on her father, the famed Russian-Jewish actor Benjamin Zuskin, and the book she has written about his life and art, “The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin" (Syracuse University Press).

Posted: Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:01 | Political Insider

Picking Danny Danon to be Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations, Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a bitter political rival into exile though in the process he may have both chosen a future successor and added yet another layer to Israel's international isolation.

Posted: Thu, 08/27/2015 - 17:24 | Political Insider

Eric Cantor, the former GOP House majority leader and highest ranking Jew in Congressional history, will endorse Jeb Bush, Politico reports.

He will be named a Virginia state co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign, and is expected to play a key role in raising Jewish money.

Posted: Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:14 | The New Normal

Today? I want what I can’t have.

I want Akiva to sleep late. Really late. So late, that I have to march into his room, check that he’s alive, and wake him up because hey, it’s 1 PM, and I’m your mother.

I want Akiva to brush his teeth, handle bathroom details, and get dressed. By himself. Without scratching me if I hit the wrong sensory buttons.

I want Akiva to pour his own juice and get his own breakfast, while I lie indolently in bed and answer questions from my room, as one might do with their young adult children.

Posted: Sat, 08/22/2015 - 12:49 | Political Insider

Humorist Andy Borowtz didn't mention The Donald by name but it's clear who he had in mind in his New Yorker blog today: