A Russian-born Israeli woman who was 2 days old when World War II broke out was crowned Miss Holocaust Survivor.
Sometimes we all do it. OK, sometimes I do it, and earlier today, I did it: I got involved in a Twitter debate about anti-Semitism. It started, as all good Twitter debates do, with a retweet. Specifically, I retweeted Sarah Brodsky, a writer I went to college with but don’t believe I ever met, who was responding to Jeet Heer, of the New Republic, a publication I’ve written for, but an editor I don’t know personally. Both are people I did and do respect; a preface like this is helpful when one is discussing Twitter debates, to make clear that one is not coming at the debate from an ‘OMG outrage’ perspective. With that, onto the initial exchange:
We really need to see more comment from official Jewish groups like ADL on way Trump campaign has energized anti-Semitism. https://t.co/rfdZFPFrqu— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 29, 2016
Some women born before women in the United States got the right to vote, in 1920, are now casting their votes for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Like the symbolism Michelle Obama spoke of about being a black family waking up in a White House built by slaves each morning, the thought of women born into a world in which they were disenfranchised at the polls and are now about to cast a ballot for a female commander in chief speaks volumes.
In the Atlantic, Megan Garber reviews Ina Garten’s new cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey, in which Garten evidently reveals that she makes her husband challah, and that he enjoys other “traditional Jewish dishes.”
As I’ve told all who will listen, the strangest thing about this election, to me, has been less that my country might be going totalitarian (I’ve read enough Hannah Arendt to know that such things, unfortunately, happen) as who that would-be totalitarian leader is. It’s not someone like Mike Huckabee, who had long been my least-favorite politician, but… yup.