In your editorial about the tragic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, you neglect to mention that several Jewish organizations are responding to the spill as part of their work on energy policy (“Oil Spill Reveals Crude Conundrum,” May 28). My organization, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), issues regular updates about the spill. Jewish Funds for Justice has set up a fund for those communities most affected. The Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement (the RAC) is blogging about it. The Shalom Center is also calling for action.
It must be nice to live in a world of Jewish absolutes. Denizens of the black and white Jewish world experience no discomfort. For them life is simple. Neither the extreme left nor the extreme right has any doubts. Their belief system permits no dichotomies, allows for no flexibility, and frowns on compromise. This is especially true of religion, and politics. More so when they are combined.
Jerusalem — The summer of 1967 in Israel is recalled universally as a time of euphoria and romance for a country in the afterglow of a stunning military victory.
But for Yossi Klein Halevi, at the time a 14-year-old Orthodox kid from New York visiting his relatives for the first time, the war also inspired him and a cousin to mark the Ninth of Av fast by eating a falafel.