The economist Jennie Litvack, who died on June 27 at the age of fifty-five, made important contributions to the study of developing countries. But her two great passions were the trumpet—she had befriended the great jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie when she was fourteen—and Judaism. She also found a way to combine these two passions, as the Economist writes. (Free registration required.)
From Playing the Trumpet with Dizzy Gillespie to Blowing an Antelope-Horn Shofar
The Woman behind a Notorious Suicide Bombing Walks Free. Will America See That She Is Punished?
On August 9, 2001, Ahlam Tamimi and Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri traveled from the West Bank to Jerusalem, where Masri detonated himself in a Sbarro’s pizzeria, killing seven children and eight adults, and injuring scores. When the two passed through an Israeli checkpoint earlier that day, they appeared to be a young couple; had Masri been alone, police almost certainly would have stopped him and discovered the deadly bomb in his guitar case. Tamimi was arrested shortly thereafter and sentenced to life in prison. Ten years later, she was among the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. She now resides in Jordan.