SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education
Financially precarious academic programs are potentially at the mercy of politically motivated donors whose philanthropy is subsidized by the tax code and affects public institutions without public input.
by Aaron W. Hughes
When he started out he didn’t know Hebrew and hadn’t studied at a Yeshiva. These were advantages.
SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
Melissa Weininger is a scholar of modern Jewish Studies. She received her Ph.D. in 2010, and has taught at The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Rice University.Last week the New York Times and the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that President Obama will not go to the Western Wall when he visits Israel next week.An official who spoke to the Times framed this lacuna in the president’s itinerary as a security issue, explaining that the difficulty of protecting the president near the site was too great. And other presidents, including Bill Clinton in 1996, have not visited the Wall either. In general there has been little response, positive or negative, to the news that the president would not go to the Wall. But Americans and Israelis concerned with civil rights in Israel should be applauding the news, because there are many good reasons why President Obama should not visit the Western Wall.