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Opinion | How to Respond to the Anti-Semitic Attack in Monsey, N.Y. - The New York Times
By Nita Lowey and David Harris
Ms. Lowey is a United States representative from New York. Mr. Harris is the chief executive of the American Jewish Committee.

Dec. 30, 2019
anti-Semitism  hate_speech  Jewish  root_cause  social_media 
7 weeks ago by jerryking
Opinion | The Secrets of Jewish Genius - The New York Times
By Bret Stephens
Opinion Columnist

Dec. 27, 2019

** “Genius & Anxiety," by Norman Lebrecht.
An erudite and delightful study of the intellectual achievements and nerve-wracked lives of Jewish thinkers, artists, and entrepreneurs between 1847 and 1947. Sarah Bernhardt and Franz Kafka; Albert Einstein and Rosalind Franklin; Benjamin Disraeli and (sigh) Karl Marx — how is it that a people who never amounted even to one-third of 1 percent of the world’s population contributed so seminally to so many of its most pathbreaking ideas and innovations?.....The common answer is that Jews are, or tend to be, smart. When it comes to Ashkenazi Jews, it’s true. “Ashkenazi Jews have the highest average I.Q. of any ethnic group for which there are reliable data,”.....the “Jews are smart” explanation obscures more than it illuminates. Aside from the perennial nature-or-nurture question of why so many Ashkenazi Jews have higher I.Q.s, there is the more difficult question of why that intelligence was so often matched by such bracing originality and high-minded purpose. One can apply a prodigious intellect in the service of prosaic things — formulating a war plan, for instance, or constructing a ship. One can also apply brilliance in the service of a mistake or a crime, like managing a planned economy or robbing a bank.........But...Jewish genius operates differently. It is prone to question the premise and rethink the concept; to ask why (or why not?) as often as how; to see the absurd in the mundane and the sublime in the absurd. Ashkenazi Jews might have a marginal advantage over their gentile peers when it comes to thinking better. Where their advantage more often lies is in thinking different.
Where do these habits of mind come from?

There is a religious tradition that, unlike some others, asks the believer not only to observe and obey but also to discuss and disagree. There is the never-quite-comfortable status of Jews in places where they are the minority — intimately familiar with the customs of the country while maintaining a critical distance from them. There is a moral belief, “incarnate in the Jewish people” according to Einstein, that “the life of the individual only has value [insofar] as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.”

And there is the understanding, born of repeated exile, that everything that seems solid and valuable is ultimately perishable, while everything that is intangible — knowledge most of all — is potentially everlasting.
These explanations for Jewish brilliance aren’t necessarily definitive. Nor are they exclusive to the Jews......At its best, the American university can still be a place of relentless intellectual challenge rather than ideological conformity and social groupthink. At its best, the United States can still be the country that respects, and sometimes rewards, all manner of heresies that outrage polite society and contradict established belief. At its best, the West can honor the principle of racial, religious and ethnic pluralism not as a grudging accommodation to strangers but as an affirmation of its own diverse identity. In that sense, what makes Jews special is that they aren’t.

They are representational

The West, however, is not at its best. It’s no surprise that Jew hatred has made a comeback, albeit under new guises. Anti-Zionism has taken the place of anti-Semitism as a political program directed against Jews. Globalists have taken the place of rootless cosmopolitans as the shadowy agents of economic iniquity. Jews have been murdered by white nationalists and black “Hebrews.” Hate crimes against Orthodox Jews have become an almost daily fact of life in New York City. Jews of the late 19th century would have been familiar with the hatreds. Jews of the early 21st century should recognize where they could lead. What’s not secret about Jewish genius is that it’s a terribly fragile flower.
19th_century  20th_century  Albert_Einstein  anti-Semitism  books  Bret_Stephens  capitalization  genius  heresies  high-minded  human_capital  human_intelligence  IQ  Jewish  mental_dexterity  originality  outsiders  purpose  smart_people  talent  think_differently 
8 weeks ago by jerryking
Giving Away Your Billion
JUNE 6, 2017 | The New York Times | David Brooks.

Recently Brooks has been reading the Giving Pledge letters. These are the letters that rich people write when they join Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge campaign. They take the pledge, promising to give away most of their wealth during their lifetime, and then they write letters describing their giving philosophy......Most of the letter writers started poor or middle class. They don’t believe in family dynasties and sometimes argue that they would ruin their kids’ lives if they left them a mountain of money. Schools and universities are the most common recipients of their generosity, followed by medical research and Jewish cultural institutions. A ridiculously disproportionate percentage of the Giving Pledge philanthropists are Jewish.......What would David Brooks do if he had a billion bucks to use for good? He’d start with the premise that the most important task before us is to reweave the social fabric. People in disorganized neighbourhoods need to grow up enmeshed in the loving relationships that will help them rise. The elites need to be reintegrated with their own countrymen. .....Only loving relationships transform lives, and such relationships can be formed only in small groups. Thus, I’d use my imaginary billion to seed 25-person collectives around the country.....The collectives would hit the four pressure points required for personal transformation:

Heart: By nurturing deep friendships, they would give people the secure emotional connections they need to make daring explorations.

Hands: Members would get in the habit of performing small tasks of service and self-control for one another, thus engraving the habits of citizenship and good character.

Head: Each collective would have a curriculum, a set of biographical and reflective readings, to help members come up with their own life philosophies, to help them master the intellectual virtues required for public debate.

Soul: In a busy world, members would discuss fundamental issues of life’s purpose, so that they might possess the spiritual true north that orients a life.
social_fabric  David_Brooks  philanthropy  moguls  high_net_worth  Warren_Buffett  elitism  collectives  personal_transformation  plutocracies  plutocrats  disorganization  daring  relationships  emotional_connections  soul  North_Star  virtues  engaged_citizenry  civics  Jewish  biographies  friendships  self-reflective  giving 
june 2017 by jerryking
Good Schools Aren’t the Secret to Israel’s High-Tech Boom - WSJ
March 20, 2017

Israel’s shadow education system has three components. The first is our heritage of debate—it’s in the Jewish DNA. For generations Jews have studied the Talmud, our legal codex, in a way vastly different from what goes on in a standard classroom. Instead of listening to a lecture, the meaning of complex texts is debated by students in hevruta—pairs—with a teacher offering occasional guidance.

Unlike quiet Western libraries, the Jewish beit midrash—house of study—is a buzzing beehive of learning. Since the Talmud is one of the most complex legal codes ever gathered, the idea of a verdict is almost irrelevant to those studying. Students engage in debate for the sake of debate. They analyze issues from all directions, finding different solutions. Multiple answers to a single question are common. Like the Talmud itself—which isn’t the written law but a gathering of protocols—the learning process, not the result, is valued.

The second component of our shadow education system is the peer-teaches-peer model of Jewish youth organizations, membership-based groups that we call “movements.” Teenagers work closely with younger children; they lead groups on excursions and hikes, develop informal curricula, and are responsible for those in their care. As an 11th-grade student, I took fifth-graders on an overnight hike in the mountains. Being given responsibilities at a young age helped shape me into who I am today.

The third component is the army.
Israel  ksfs  education  high_schools  schools  Jewish  Talmud  protocols  Judaism  books  religion  coming-of-age  technology  science_&_technology  venture_capital  innovation  human_capital  capitalization  struggles  convictions  tough-mindedness  rigour  discomforts  cultural_values  arduous 
march 2017 by jerryking
Coming of Age, Whether They Like It or Not - The New York Times

The various cultures that created coming-of-age rituals knew what they were doing, and it’s not surprising that the rituals have maintained a place in the modern world. At this cusp of the teen years, when kids are excited and afraid to be adults, when they try out new personalities by the day, when their sense of self may be dictated by their peers and the media, they have an accomplishment that is all theirs. It need not be a religious or cultural ritual, just a challenging, adult responsibility. In the case of a bar or bat mitzvah, kids take on something that is extraordinarily hard, something that requires persistence and focus for months, if not years, something that they may not want to do. And they do it, in front of their family and friends, and they do it very well. From there, no matter what challenges these kids meet: a difficult class, paper, exam, a scary responsibility, decision or action, they can look back on this day and remind themselves of what they accomplished when they were only 13.
Judaism  Jewish  rituals  aging  children  coming-of-age  persistence  arduous  focus  stressful  perseverance  endurance 
january 2016 by jerryking
Review: ‘The Story of the Jews’, by Simon Schama -
September 6, 2013 | FT | by Simon Schama

Review by David Abulafia
Simon Schama’s history of the Jews does a splendid job in challenging stereotypes
Simon_Schama  book_reviews  history  Jewish  Judaism 
september 2013 by jerryking
The Chosen Few: A New Explanation of Jewish Success
April 18, 2013 | PBS NewsHour |By: Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein
PBS  Jewish 
april 2013 by jerryking
Hanukkah, Unabridged -
Published: December 7, 2012
judaism  Jewish 
december 2012 by jerryking
Take a leaf from the Prophet
February 5, 2002 | Globe & Mail | Irshad Manji.

Well, in the Arab tradition of mediation, please allow a Muslim sister from North America to help. Laugh if you must, but I think I've got the key to a new way of thinking this puzzle through. It starts with a piece of Arab history that most Muslims were never taught at the madrassa: namely, that Jews cultivated the climate in which Prophet Mohammed could survive and spread the word about Islam.

Mecca's pagan Arab population did not exactly welcome the Prophet in the early seventh century. They oppressed him to the point of threatening his life, obliging him to flee north to Medina. As Albert Hourani observed in A History of the Arab Peoples, his escape was helped by traders who needed an arbiter in tribal disputes. "Having lived side by side with Jewish inhabitants of the oasis, they were prepared to accept a teaching expressed in terms of a prophet and a holy book."

Don't you see, Yasser? The groundwork for Mohammed's safety was laid by that gang who embraced earlier prophets and scripture. Say it with me: J-e-w-s.
Irshad_Manji  Palestinian  Yasser_Arafat  Jewish  scriptures  religious_tolerance  tolerance 
june 2012 by jerryking
William McGurn: Happy Hanukkah, Marines! -
DECEMBER 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah, Marines!
Jewish Leathernecks light the way.

USMC  Judaism  Jewish 
december 2011 by jerryking
How the political shift among Jewish voters plays in Canada - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011
Jeffrey_Simpson  voting  Jewish 
september 2011 by jerryking
Jews in a Whisper -
August 20, 2011

The lesson is clear: Jews, with their history, cannot become the
systematic oppressors of another people. They must be vociferous in
their insistence that continued colonization of Palestinians in the West
Bank will increase Israel’s isolation and ultimately its vulnerability.
That — not fanning Islamophobia — is the task before diaspora Jews. To
speak up in Britain also means confronting the lingering, voice-lowering
Roger_Cohen  United_Kingdom  Jewish  West_Bank  Diaspora  Islamophobia  Judaism  Palestinians 
august 2011 by jerryking
What's Up With the Jews? -
May 23, 2011, 9:00 pm
What’s Up With the Jews?
Stanley_Fish  Dominique_Strauss-Kahn  Jewish  anti-Israel  anti-Semitism 
may 2011 by jerryking
The Last Tycoon? -
April 9, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | By JOSEPH EPSTEIN.
Op-ed on Sam Zell's bid to buy the Chicago Tribune. Owning a newspaper,
not as one's principal source of income but as a sideline of sorts, has
in recent years attracted lots of very rich men (Zellionaires, one
might henceforth think of them). Mortimer Zuckerman appears to derive
much pleasure from owning the New York Daily News, a hedge-funder named
Michael Steinhardt has a large investment in the New York Sun on which
he hoped for more than mere financial returns; David Geffen and Ronald
Burkle have declared their eagerness to acquire the Los Angeles Times,
now owned by Mr. Zell.
newspapers  Jewish  Sam_Zell  hubris  real_estate  moguls 
february 2010 by jerryking
Book Review: "Start-Up Nation" -
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by JAMES K.
GLASSMAN. Israel is the world's techno-nation. Civilian
research-and-development expenditures run 4.5% of the gross domestic
product—half-again the level of the U.S., Germany or South Korea—and
venture-capital investment per capita is 2½ times that of the U.S. and
six times that of the United Kingdom. Even in absolute terms, Israel has
only the U.S.—with more than 40 times the population—as a challenger.
One important question that "Start-Up Nation" raises is: Why Israel and
not elsewhere? The authors dispose, a bit too blithely, the argument
from ethnic or religious exceptionalism, dismissing "unitary Jewishness"
or even individual talent as major reasons for Israel's high-tech
success. (George Gilder, in a recent book treating some of the same
matters, "The Israel Test," disagrees: "Israel today concentrates the
genius of the Jews.")
Israel  technology  science_&_technology  venture_capital  cultural_values  innovation  book_reviews  Jewish  human_capital  capitalization 
november 2009 by jerryking
Incubator For New Jewish Ideas Bullish
Apr 3, 2009 | The New York Jewish Week Vol. 221, Iss. 45; pg. 12, 2 pgs| Tamar Snyder
economic_downturn  incubators  Jewish  economic_development  social_capital  start_ups  Toronto  ethnic_communities 
november 2009 by jerryking
Start And Stop For Jewish Startups?
Feb 20, 2009 | The New York Jewish Week. Vol. 221, Iss. 39; pg. 12, 2 pgs | Tamar Snyder
start_ups  economic_downturn  Jewish  Toronto  economic_development  ethnic_communities 
november 2009 by jerryking
Rabbis' Arrests Shake Brooklyn's Syrian Jewish Enclave -
OCTOBER 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by LUCETTE LAGNADO.
"[Illustrates] a fascinating record of the variety of the American
Jewish Experience. The Syrians, wealthy but reclusive, observant but
exuberant, part of and yet distinct from the larger mostly Ashkenazi
American Jewish community, are a reminder that Jewish history and
culture is a lot more complicated than casual outsiders might think.
Lagnado also reminds us of the Arabic heritage of these folk, and should
give pause to those who view Jews as "outsiders" in the Middle East."
Syrians  New_York_City  Jewish  Sephardic 
october 2009 by jerryking
Jewish Chamber of Commerce - Jnnovate - Demo Camp
Example of specific, ethnic community-based economic
development. This speaks to the idea of the city of Toronto investing
in social capital.
Toronto  social_capital  Jewish  economic_development  ethnic_communities  community-based 
september 2009 by jerryking With a thong in her heart
March 14, 2009 | The Globe and Mail | book review by CYNTHIA
GOOD of SIMA'S UNDERGARMENTS FOR WOMEN, By Ilana Stanger-Ross Overlook,
320 pages, $27.50
book_reviews  Jewish  fiction 
march 2009 by jerryking

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