Daybreak: Brin Gives Back
Plus a way around Goldstone, another poor billionaire, and more in the news
• Google co-founder Sergey Brin donated $1 million to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which helped his family escape the Soviet Union 30 years ago. [NYT]
• Jeffry Picower, a billionaire thought to be the biggest beneficiary of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and a friend of the conman, was found dead at the bottom of his pool in Palm Beach this weekend. [Reuters]
• Rather than following the Goldstone Report’s call for an independent investigation of military actions in the Gaza War, Israel will gather a legal team to review the investigations already undertaken by the IDF. [JPost]
• Lou Jacobi, an actor who started his career in The Diary of Anne Frank, was featured in several Woody Allen films, and made comedy recordings such as “The Yiddish Are Coming! The Yiddish Are Coming!,” died Friday at 95. [NYT]
• Lebanese chefs made the world’s largest plate of hummus, setting the world record and, naturally, making an anti-Israel geopolitical point. [AP/NYT]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.