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A flier bearing an offensive Jewish caricature arrived in Elizabeth Midlarsky’s Columbia mailbox days before a swastika was painted on her office door. michael datikash

by Adam Dickter
Assistant Managing Editor

Over the 17 years she has been teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Elizabeth Midlarsky had often considered hanging a mezuzah on the doorpost of her office. One problem she faced was how to nail it into the metal doorframe.

With the help of the campus Chabad rabbi, Yonah Blum, and some double-sided tape, Midlarsky overcame that problem Monday, five days after officials informed her that someone had entered the college’s Zankel Building on the eve of Halloween and left behind an all-too-real horror: a brown swastika sprayed across most of her office door.