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Brandeis professor and alumnus subject of Jerusalem Post crossword puzzle clue

Any Brandeisian trying to crack The Jerusalem Post’s Saturday crossword puzzle should have easily solved at least one clue. The Post’s crossword editor, David Benkof, asked players to name the "'American Judaism' author Jonathan (blank)." Five letters, beginning with an S? Got it?  

The clue, of course, refers to Brandeis' own Jonathan Sarna '75, MA '75, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, and his 2004 award-winning book.

"It is extremely flattering to know that Israelis are familiar enough with my work to recognize me as the author of 'American Judaism,'" Sarna says. "Of course, having a five-letter last name probably adds to my popularity in crossword-puzzle circles. So I won't let this get to my head."

Date: August 13, 2013