Sundown: America’s Top Jews
Zionism litmus test, the Bible in school, and the power of art
• The results of an online poll have been tallied, and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia has the top 18 American Jews for its “Only in America Gallery”; honorees include Sandy Koufax, Emma Lazarus, and Estee Lauder. [JTA]
• Technology may have marred a once placid holiday in Israel, but pictures show Yom Kippur there was still a day less bustling than most. [Haaretz]
• Young Israel, an Orthodox organization in Richmond, Virginia, has fired its rabbi, Joseph Kolakowski, for his anti-Israel views. [VIN]
• A new report from the Bible Literacy Project says that over 350 schools in 43 states are teaching the Good Book, most using 2005’s textbook The Bible and its Influence, in which the “approach is academic and not devotional.” [Christian Post]
• Holocaust survivors discuss how they used art as a means of resistance in a new documentary, As Seen Through These Eyes. [Jewish Week]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.