Today on Tablet
Obama’s Jewish maybe-problem, and more
Today in Tablet Magazine, Pejman Yousefzadeh writes as a Jewish Hyde-Park-in-the-wool Chicagoan when he questions whether President Obama will be able to hold onto a substantial majority of the American Jewish vote come November 2012. Adam Kirsch reviews an exhibit at Yeshiva University of films documenting early-20th-century Jewish-American life along with a new book, edited by Nextbook Press author Ruth Wisse, containing two novellas from the Poland-born New York Jewish author Jacob Glatstein. The Scroll recognizes Yousefzadeh’s bona fides, yet asks, with Jed Bartlet, “What is it with people from Chicago that they’re so happy to have been born there? I meet so many people who can’t wait to tell me they’re from Chicago, and when I meet them, they’re living anywhere but Chicago.”
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