Elliott Abrams served on the staffs of two senators and in the administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He speaks here about being a Jew in government, the U.S.-Israel alliance, the nature of political intelligence and political power, the current predicament of Egypt, and many other topics. (Interview by Eric Cohen; video, about 2 hours.)
On Being Jewish and Supporting Israel in Washington
At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace
At the time of Columbia University’s founding in 1784, notes Meir Soloviechik, the leader of the local synagogue, Gershom Mendes Seixas, was made a member of its board of regents. A Jewish student even gave a commencement address, composed by Seixas, in Hebrew. In the 20th century, Columbia attracted numerous Jews with the relaxation of quotas, and was the first secular university to create a chair in Jewish history. Barnard College, Columbia’s all-women’s school, was itself founded by a Jewish woman, and today has a large number of Orthodox Jewish students.