Everywhere You Go, Be Who You Are

Everywhere You Go, Be Who You Are

It was a small story in The Washington Post in May 2015. A young man named Glory Aganze Barongozi spoke of his time in Baltimore as a refugee from Uganda, and how ready he was to leave as his high school graduation neared. He felt small in Africa. He felt smaller in...
Education Should Teach You How to Think

Education Should Teach You How to Think

A decent education teaches you to think. In my life, that statement has been as self-evident as the unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence. After all, an effective education is not just the transfer of information from book to brain but includes the...
A Lesson from the U.S. Senate’s Biggest Baseball Fan

A Lesson from the U.S. Senate’s Biggest Baseball Fan

I have the very good fortune of knowing the United States Senate’s biggest baseball fan, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. Among the books he keeps close at hand is an edition of Baseball Almanac so that he can be prepared to settle any argument over America’s pastime and...
The Contagion of Evil

The Contagion of Evil

I sat down at a table while attending a conference with a lot of people I did not know.  This guy in a clerical collar sat down next to me. We introduced ourselves and, before too long, were talking about evil. Occupational hazard. I won’t do justice in these few...
Is Anti-Zionism Antisemitism?

Is Anti-Zionism Antisemitism?

Jews are just about the only people with the peculiar blessing of having an entire category of bigotry named for them. When you have that kind of “honor,” it should be unsurprising that you would be exquisitely sensitive to it. It is often affirmed by Jews, publicly...