Friday Miscellany

  • With Passover approaching, it’s time to ask the White House: which haggadah will you use? #Obama #MaxwellHouse
  • Speaking of which, my father had a theory that so many Jews are intellectually limber because they learn Hebrew—an extremely foreign language for English speakers—at such a young age. I wish I could call him up (how stupid he was to die!) and tell him he might be right, according to the neurologists:

Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

  • Harvard Business Review asks: Are women better leaders than men?
  • Better leadership or not, being a woman is costly. Just don’t do it.
  • Preventing sexual assault: There’s an app for that! And it looks kinda cool.

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