Joshua Boettiger may be the only rabbinic student who can trace his roots to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The 31-year-old is a great-grandson of Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Depression and World War II leader alternately exalted and reviled by the American Jewish community.The elder son of an Episcopalian father –– the son of President Roosevelt’s daughter, Anna –– and a Jewish mother, Boettiger grew up attending church and synagogue. “I don’t know whether to be Jewish or Christian,” a 5-year-old Boettiger told his parents.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
I’ve mostly tuned out all the deep analysis over Norman Podhoretz’s new book asking “Why Are Jews Liberals,” mostly because the whole discussion seems to me be about finding fancy ways to say the obvious. Talk about deju vu; this argument has been going on for decades, and we’re mostly still hearing the same blather.