Whatever Israelis think of his politics, most agree that President Shimon Peres is a national wonder. At 88 he is the world’s oldest de-jure head of state, and seems to have endless energy. Just last night, he stood proud at the state’s Yom Hashoah event and told his own family’s story, movingly, with the energy of a much younger man.
Dr. Fred Goldman, who celebrated his 100th birthday on December 11, is still going strong — not by relaxing in retirement, but by working. Goldman is the oldest licensed physician practicing medicine in Ohio.
This will be news to residents of southern Florida, but it turns out that Ashkenazi Jews, as a group, don’t actually live longer than the rest of the population. Nevertheless, shared genetic traits have made Ashkenazim a compelling subject for scientific study, including in a fascinating project outlined in the newest edition of New York magazine.
We personally think it’s the power of complaining.