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Martyrdom is not a central theological concept in Judaism. But given the span and scope of post-exilic Jewish history, the fact of Jewish martyrdom is inescapable. So the Sabbath prayer service includes a brief appeal on behalf of martyrs’ memory: Compassionate Father, who dwells on high, in His deep compassion may He remember the pious, […]

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One thing worth sharing this week that couldn’t fit on Twitter was this story from Pakistani-administered Kashmir: “”She said ‘I didn’t do it on purpose. I won’t look again.’ By then I had already thrown the acid. It was her destiny to die this way.”Anusha’s father is reported to have taken his daughter inside, beaten […]

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The Destruction of American Education, or, The Downside of the Maya Angelou-Style Personality Cult

 

shutterstock_111215234My younger cousin just graduated from Columbia University a couple of weeks ago. Before going to college, she attended a high school associated with the University of Chicago (where both of her parents are professors). Both of these places are widely seen as desirable places to go to school. They are well-established institutions of American “elite” education. My cousin, while no Albert Einstein, wasn’t there for sports or diversity. She even got a job after college at a very competitive consulting firm. Most people, upon seeing her resume, would consider her “well educated.”  

Walking through a bookstore the other day, she asked me if “Dickens is worth reading.” I thought she was joking. Dear readers, I was very wrong. It so happens, through all of high school and college, she had never been assigned Dickens, Chaucer, Milton, T.S. Eliot, Austen, or Melville! The list went on and on. Needless to say, nary a Bible was cracked during all this time either.  

Effectively, my cousin was raised without a heritage. Her American/English-speaking birthright was denied her. Though she thought herself in possession of a stellar academic background, she knows worse than nothing about her civilization. I say “worse than nothing” because her head has been crammed full of multi-culti garbage.

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This came up in a discussion with my hubby….I have a Thatcher level and he a lowly Coolidge level membership.  Since I am allowed more characters in my posts, he asked me to post something for him (cheat cheat).  We decided Ricochet needs a new membership level:                                                      The Koch Brothers Level!!!! Preview Open

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Ricochet 2.0 coincided with my renewal date. My membership blew away in the chaos. Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Silicon Valley to speak at the shareholder meetings of HP, Ebay, Google and Facebook. He argued that more of the people on the Boards and in the “C-Suites” should be black or Hispanic/Latino. And, when the companies borrow, […]

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This just in: Meriam Ibrahim, the woman in Sudan whom Sudanese authorities condemned to death for apostasy, is now going free. See http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27651483 . We may know in time what changed the minds of the Muslim authorities, but in this case, unlike the case of the kidnapped school girls, there was no Twitter campaign that I know […]

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I’ve been quiet of late.  As many of you know I closed a very expensive chapter in my life recently, that of entrepreneur, to rejoin the unhealthy workplace once again as a CFO, a particular job always in demand but which I walked away from some 18 years ago when I made the jump to […]

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I will now let my inner Gwyneth Paltrow run free (I like Gwyneth, she is honest about who and what she is and owns it, she is also horrible in an almost likable fashion). I periodically watch the content over at PragerU.  And he talked about a jewish law called “The Shopkeeper’s Law.” Preview Open

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Friends, I am, generally speaking, a techno-optimist.  However, I have discovered in the last 24 hours how horrible the 21st century actually is and how it can only get worse from here. As I share this tale of sorrow with you, I must issue a warning: As a result of the tale that I am […]

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In August my oldest daughter shall be leaving Australia and moving to the United States for five years. There she will be undertaking graduate studies in linguistics towards a PhD at UC Berkeley, thanks to her academic acceptance and the award of a Berkeley Fellowship. As the time draws close she has been taking the […]

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Is it ironic, or disgusting, that the convicted Private Manning will soon be getting treatment for “gender disorder”, and may even end up getting a sex-change operation on the taxpayer’s dime? I’m at a loss for the proper word to describe how I feel right now.  We have hundreds—if not thousands—of wounded veterans who have […]

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Yesterday, I read this appreciation for Roman Genn, a contributor here and the brilliant caricaturist for National Review, among other publications.  For those who view art as a powerful tool for freedom, Roman is a gentle hero; jailed multiple times in Moscow as a teenager for his unflattering portraits of Soviet rulers, his tools were pen […]

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Graduate student David Ernst has a fantastic article on Russian strongman, Vladimir Putin’s political acumen. The article should be read in full, but here are some highlights: “Vladimir Putin has suddenly emerged onto the world stage as a conservative.” Preview Open

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