Baruch atah ha-shem…

eloheinu, melech ha-olam, shehechayunu, v’kimanu, v’higianu la’zman hazeh.

This is the Hebrew prayer of thanks for having been allowed to live to see something new. (And yes, Hebrew “baruch” is cognate with Arabic/Swahili “barack”: both mean “blessed.”)

I had a party tonight, and when Obama went out on that platform several of my guests started to chant the prayer.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: