• The U.S. State Department asserted that Iran’s nuclear program is “anything but peaceful.” [Haaretz]
• Influential Chicago Rabbi Asher Lopatin (he has counted Rahm Emanuel as a congregant) is starting a community in Israel as part of an effort “to build a new type of religious Zionist.” [Chicago Tribune]
• Over 1500 cases of the mumps have been reported among Orthodox Jews in New York and New Jersey, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The outbreak started at a boys’ summer camp. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]
• In one of his letters, the late J.D. Salinger, recalling a visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, expressed “the faint hope that some kindly old Hasid from the eighteenth century” would invite him to his house for tea or matzoh ball soup. [NYT]
• Tablet Magazine contributing editor Robert Pinsky—author of Nextbook Press’s The Life of David—is giving Yale’s Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature next Thursday. [Yale Institute of Sacred Music]
• This is a story about a cat who hangs around Auschwitz. [Reuters/Vos Iz Neias?]
Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.