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Taft letter against Brandeis on the auction block

Taft letter against Brandeis on the auction block

LOS ANGELES — A letter written by former President William Howard Taft opposing the nomination of Louis Brandeis to become a Supreme Court justice and called anti-Semitic is on the auction block.

The four-page letter, which Taft wrote to the Washington-based Jewish journalist Gus Karger and making reference to Brandeis’ Jewishness, was part of an online auction, April 28, by Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles.

Bidding for the letter, which the auction house calls “historically important and anti-Semitic,” has been set to start at $15,000. It is said to be in fair to good condition.

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More flooding in Houston

More flooding in HoustonHOUSTON — Massive flooding has caused serious damage to the Jewish community of Houston for the second time in less than a year and just days before Passover. Dozens of homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Meyerland and Willow Meadows reported significant flood damage as of April 19 from the extremely heavy rainfall in the previous two days, the Jewish Herald-Voice reported. At least seven people are dead and at least 1,000 homes flooded as of last week. Damage so far is estimated at $5 bil...
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Harvard student calls Israeli politician 'smelly'

Harvard student calls Israeli politician 'smelly'BOSTON — The head of a student group at Harvard Law School has apologized for asking Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni, “How is it that you are so smelly?” Husam El-Qoulaq posed the question during an April 14 panel event on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Livni and American diplomat Dennis Ross.
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174 Oberlin profs condemn anti-Semitic posts

174 Oberlin profs condemn anti-Semitic postsOBERLIN, Ohio — A letter condemning an Oberlin professor’s anti-Semitic Facebook posts has reportedly garnered signatures from the majority of the Ohio college’s faculty members, but has generated criticism from some professors of Africana studies. Politics professor Marc Blecher, one of the letter’s organizers and drafters, told JTA in an email that 174 faculty members have signed the letter. While Blecher said their  names appeared “on a public Oberlin College document,” he belie...
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Whole Foods CEO distances himself from Gafni

Whole Foods CEO distances himself from GafniNEW YORK — Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey reportedly has resigned from disgraced rabbi Marc Gafni’s New Age think tank. According to a Forward report on April 6, Mackey has stepped down from the Center for Integral Wisdom, whose founder faces multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, including from a woman who says he repeatedly sexually abused her when she was 13.
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Israel remembers the Holocaust in national ceremony

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