Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Sundown: Breaking! Ashkenazim Are Smart

Plus, Adelsons offer new Birthright gift, King kills Blitzer, and more

Print Email
Smart Ashkenazi Jew Woody Allen in May.(Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

• Ashkenazim have a median IQ of 117, according to a new study from Cambridge University, good for first among recognized genetic groups, 10 points higher than second-place (northeast Asians), and 20 percent higher than average. We already knew that because, y’know, our IQs. [Ynet]

• Larry King would “Kill Wolf Blitzer. Even though he’s Jewish, the name sounds German. You have to kill the German when you’re Jewish.” [GQ]

• Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson announced a new $5 million challenge gift to Birthright Israel. [Press Release]

• Joseph Dorman gets much-deserved Joseph-Berger-in-the-Times treatment for his new Sholom Aleichem documentary. [NYT]

• For the first time, an Israeli ensemble performed will perform Wagner at the annual celebration of the famously anti-Semitic composer in Bayreuth, Germany. [Haaretz]

• Has Hank Greenberg been screwed out of the single-season American League RBI record? [Kaplan’s Korner]

The months-long NFL lockout ended today with top players’ representative (and premier center, for the Indianapolis Colts) Jeff Saturday announcing the good news and reserving special thanks for the late Myra Kraft and her husband, New England Patriots owner Robert. It is a very touching video. Meanwhile, there is one other essential video today:

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

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.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at 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.

Jake says:

“Ashkenazim have a median IQ of 117, according to a new study from Cambridge University…”

The study is actually a book published by Cambridge University Press…a decade ago. Library Journal says of it:

“There has been some reluctance in this country, based on the horrific consequences of past eugenics movements, to consider fully the societal impact of recent and future genetic investigations. The authors (professors of philosophy and medical ethics) attempt to develop a moral framework for the theoretical issues relating to genetic interventions.”

So, one thing is clear: we Ashkenazim are smart enough to search the world for evidence of our intellectual superiority.

MattZvi says:

We Ashkenazim are also smart enough to know that IQ points don’t matter and are arbitrary.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Sundown: Breaking! Ashkenazim Are Smart

Plus, Adelsons offer new Birthright gift, King kills Blitzer, and more

More on Tablet:

A Grandfather’s Hidden Love Letters From Nazi Germany Reveal a Buried Past

By Vox Tablet — Reporter Sarah Wildman’s grandfather escaped Vienna in 1938. Long after he died, she discovered the life—and lover—he left behind.