Hecht: A Middle Eastern melting pot

February 18, 2011 • 5
I first met Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, when Eliezer, the Jewish Society at Yale, hosted him to discuss his book about the 1967 Middle East conflict, “Six Days of War.” Oren later began to teach what became one of the most popular undergraduate courses at Yale: “America in the Middle East »

Hecht: Happy Hannukah, from Ezra Stiles

December 3, 2010 • 3
Today, Friday, is the second day of Hanukkah. In 1763, also on a Friday and the second day of this festival of latkes and lights, the oldest synagogue in America was dedicated: the Touro temple of Newport, R.I. One of the most memorable observances from the dedication ceremony was made by Yale’s President Ezra Stiles »

Hecht: A critique of the anti-Israel establishment

October 28, 2010 • 18
Peter Beinart ’93 visited campus Wednesday as a guest of the Joseph Slifka Center and J Street U, the campus outreach arm of J Street, a Washington lobby group that describes itself as an advocate for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. J Street has been especially critical of the current Israeli administration. Beinart argues that »