White House science adviser sworn in on 500-year-old Jewish text

By: Jack Jenkins,  The Washington Post
June 7, 2021

When Vice President Harris’s office reached out to Eric Lander, the new director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to ask what book he planned to use during his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, he was stumped.

That choice set the scientist-turned-Cabinet official, who was confirmed by the Senate last week, off on a frantic evening of rigorous research that would eventually lead him to the Library of Congress and an obscure, recently rediscovered 500-year-old printing of a well-known Jewish text.

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