Artist and Writer Rachel Abrams Dies

Writer, editor and artist Rachel Abrams died June 7 of stomach cancer, at age 62.

Abrams came from a noted neo-conservative family that included her mother, Midge Decter, a founder of the Project for a New American Century; her stepfather and longtime Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz, and her husband, political scientist and diplomat Elliott Abrams. Abrams’ brother, John Podhoretz, is the current editor of Commentary.

She was a board member of the Emergency Committee for Israel and maintained a blog, “Bad Rachel,” that was critical of liberal thinkers and American Middle East policy. Her work also appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Commentary and The Weekly Standard.

An email to the members of Ansche Chesed synagogue on the Upper West Side included this remembrance from John Podhoretz:

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