Ilya on why he should you be Jewish Guy of the Year:
Vote for me because I was one of the first Guys-of-the-Week (when there was more competition for these slots) and the year only got better. Whether arguing for liberty at the Supreme Court, reciting the Braveheart speech in full makeup, or going mano-a-mano with Stepehen Colbert, there’s never a dull moment!
Who is your favorite historical Jew and why?
Barry Goldwater, because extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Sandy Koufax is a close second, but he’s still alive so might not count.
Who is your favorite biblical Jew and why?
I’m not much of an expert on the bible but I’ll go with Moses, the first lawyer (also, I really liked Charlton Heston).
What is your profession and how does it rank on a scale of 1-10 in terms of Jewishness?
Lawyer and writer… that would be a 10! (Unless 10’s reserved for the rabbinate, in which case a strong 9.)
What is the best part about being Jewish?
Being part of a group that totally outkicks its coverage in terms of impact on history and culture relative to numbers.
Passover or Purim?
I’ll go with Passover because I’ve celebrated it more often, don’t much like hamentashen, and most importantly can (and do) drink any time of the year but only lean while eating once.
Favorite DC activity?
Attending oral argument at the Supreme Court.