On Being Jewish and Supporting Israel in Washington

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.)

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More about: Egypt, Elliott Abrams, Politics & Current Affairs, Ronald Reagan, Scoop Jackson, US-Israel relations

At America’s Best Universities, Biblical Religion Is a Curiosity, if Not a Menace

Oct. 20 2021

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.

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More about: American Jewry, American Religion, Columbia University, Orthodoxy, University