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Daily Briefing: SUPREME COURT TAKES ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AT HARVARD: JEWS DIVIDED

The Asian American Challenge to Affirmative Action—and to American Jews:  Ruth R. Wisse, Mosaic Magazine, Nov. 14, 2022

The American Jewish Affirmative Action About-Face:  Jacob Scheer, Tablet,  July 31, 2018

The Historical Parallel Between Asian American and Jewish Students:  Mark J. Drozdowski, Best Colleges, July 18, 2022

Ending Affirmative Action Will Be an ‘Earthquake’ for Colleges, Companies: Steve Friess, Newsweek, Nov. 16, 2022


 

Shabbat Reading:

 

Abraham Visits Ishmael and His Wives: Between Jewish and Islamic Tradition Prof. Rabbi Reuven Firestone, The Torah.com, Nov. 11, 2020 The biblical account of Hagar and Ishmael is heartbreaking. When Abraham and Sarah fail to have a child together, Sarah offers her handmaid Hagar to her husband so he may have a son, saying, אוּלַי אִבָּנֶה מִמֶּנָּה “Perhaps I shall be built up through her” (Gen 16:2).[1] But when Sarah herself finally gives birth to Isaac years later, she insists that Hagar and her son Ishmael be banished.


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The Supreme Court Has Heard Oral Arguments in the Affirmative Action Case. What’s Next?Rahem D. Hamid and Nia L. Orakwue, The Harvard Crimson, Nov. 17, 2022 — Following oral arguments last month, the Supreme Court is set to deliver a decision in the anti-affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard and the University of North Carolina next summer.

A Guide to the Amicus Briefs in the Affirmative-Action Cases:  Ellena Erskine. Angie Gou and Elisabeth Snyder, Scotus Blog, Oct. 29, 2022 — Nearly 100 amicus briefs were filed in Students for Fair Admissions v. the University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, the cases questioning the use of affirmative action in undergraduate admissions at both public and private universities.

Universities Treat Asian Americans the Way They Once Treated Jews:  Peter Kalis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 31, 2022Many years ago, I was invited to a dinner intended to raise money for a medical charity. My host told me that I would be sitting next to Dr. Julius Axelrod. How bad can that be, I thought? With most doctors, I knew, the secret to a good conversation is to resist the temptation to seek a diagnosis for whatever ails you.

Biden’s ‘Equity’ Agenda Hurts Israel and American Jews:  Jonathan S. Tobin, ZOA, May 2, 2022 — It was one of the first things President Joe Biden did once he assumed office in January 2021. Though it has gotten almost no notice, it is almost certainly one of the most consequential acts of his presidency, and its impact will likely be felt long after he leaves office.


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