How it really is: Mishpoach, misspoke and the Chosen People

At the intersection of history and the Holocaust.

February 6, 2019 15:52
How it really is: Mishpoach, misspoke and the Chosen People

A man photographs a painting entitled ‘Portrait de femme polonaise’ (Portrait of a Polish woman) painted in 1919 by Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. (photo credit: PAUL HANNA/REUTERS)


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I was at a cocktail party in the Upper Madison home of a favorite professor when I was studying at Columbia University in New York over 50 years ago. A reasonably attractive dark-haired woman, glass in hand, cornered me on a sofa, while I nursed a modicum of Scotch. What nefarious plans did she have for me, still undergoing culture shock at leaving Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and reentering the world of notebooks, classrooms and lectures? And my wife in the same room a few feet away!
She said she was a sociologist. “You are from Israel, aren’t you?”


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