Daniel Ross Goodman

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Daniel Ross Goodman is a writer, rabbi, and doctoral candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and studying English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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Personally, I require a ceiling, although a high one. Yes, I like ceilings, and the high better than the low. In literature I think there are low-ceiling masterpieces—Crime and Punishment, for instance—and high-ceiling masterpieces, Remembrance of Things Past.
—Artur Sammler, in Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1969), 151.
No one doubts that Crime and Punishment has a prominent place in the pantheon…

Tucked away in the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts—the massive overhaul of the U.S. tax system that has just passed the Senate and is now one its way to committee, where Congress will attempt to reconcile the two versions of the bill—is a provision that would make tuition benefits that graduate students receive taxable. Many have…