A Country for Old Men

A Country for Old Men

In his poem, “Sailing to Byzantium”, William Butler Yeats addresses his view of old age. He speaks of a place that is “no country for old men”. This is a place he is leaving, as it is barren of spiritual and intellectual concerns. One of the unique characteristics of...
Wise Enough to Tell the Truth

Wise Enough to Tell the Truth

This past April, Charles Van Doren passed away.  The movie “Quiz Show” relates an important episode in his life. For 14 weeks, from November 28, 1956 to March 11, 1957, Mr. Van Doren captivated audiences of up to 50 million people with performances on the NBC quiz...
Judah Benjamin: A Life

Judah Benjamin: A Life

Every once in a while I stumble upon the story of a remarkable individual.  Such a person was Judah Benjamin.  Born in 1811 in St. Croix, Benjamin’s family moved first to North Carolina and then to Charleston, S.C., home to the largest Jewish community in the...