Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Times on Bernanke's Jewishness

Times :

...He applied to Brandeis University, which was founded by Jews and named after Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish justice of the Supreme Court. Harvard, which he ended up attending, was an after-thought. His parents still keep kosher, and their son learned Hebrew partly from a grandfather who lived with the family - enough Hebrew to officiate at the bar and bat mitzvahs of his children, Joel and Alyssa, without the help of a rabbi.
The synagogue in Dillon was too small to support a full-time rabbi, so a student rabbi conducted services on the High Holy Days and stayed at the Bernanke home. One evening at dinner, the visitor suggested that Ben apply to Harvard.
"We were talking about Brandeis," Mrs. Bernanke recalled, "and the rabbi said, 'If he can get into Brandeis, he can get into Harvard.' "
Ben Bernanke thought he would major in physics. He soon switched to math, and then to economics, which mixed math and people, as his parents put it. He went from Harvard to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in 1979, and also married. After graduation, he and his wife, Anna, the daughter of refugees from Europe...
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