Each Thursday, we select the most interestingly Jewish obituary from the past week. This week we salute Dr. Baruj Benacerraf, the Nobel Prize-winning immunologist—rejected from every medical school he applied to in the 1940s and finally admitted to the Medical College of Virginia as one of three Jewish (and two Hispanic) students in a class of 80—who died August 2 at the age of 90.
Born in 1920 to Sephardic Jews in Venezuela, Benacerraf luckily declined to join the family business as a textile merchant. The asthmatic immunologist would later discover why certain immune systems were better suited than others to ward off infections and why people had varying risks of contracting autoimmune diseases—a groundbreaking discovery resulting from a different experiment gone wrong.
The pickle, reviled by American food purists, was a staple of the Jewish immigrant diet
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.