This Day in Jewish History Activist Abbie Hoffman Is Born

On this day in 1936, outspoken activist Abbie Hoffman was born. His outrageous antics made him a polarizing figure but his social commentary was also said to be in the 'Jewish prophetic tradition.'

On November 30, 1936, Abbot Howard Hoffman – better known as Abbie – was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. A self-styled revolutionary who was one of the leaders of the anti-Vietnam War movement in the 1960s, Hoffman gained wide fame and notoriety for his provocative and often humorous pranks, and for being one of the “Chicago Seven” tried for alleged intent to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic...