I very much enjoyed Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s thought-provoking Opinion piece, “Guess Who’s Coming to Seder?” (March 30), and used it as a springboard to discuss his idea with my family. If they could choose anyone to join in our Pesach seder, who would they want to be there?
Thanks to Gary Rosenblatt for another beautiful, personal piece, this one related to the Pidyon HaBen of his newest grandchild (“New Grandchild, Ancient Ritual,” March 2).
I was actually married with children of my own before I attended my first Pidyon HaBen and it was replete with the silver tray and jewelry around the baby. I recall being amazed with the entire process.
It was grossly irrational for Anti-Defamation League national President Abraham Foxman to lump Pamela Geller with Patrick Buchanan and Rev. Louis Farrakhan (“Russell Simmons’ Blind Spot For Bigotry,” Opinion, March 16).
It pains me greatly to say this, but I believe that Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, is right and editor Gary Rosenblatt is wrong [regarding Klein’s statement that J Street is anti-Israel and Rosenblatt’s taking exception to that in his blog entry, “Don’t Call J Street ‘Anti-Israel’”].
Any organization that did the following is anti-Israel (as Rosenblatt does include in his entry): supported the Goldstone report; and called on the U.S. administration to veto a UN resolution condemning Israel.
Peter Beinart’s problem is that he uses a straw man to judge Israel — not reality (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23). He should compare Bibi Netanyahu with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Which country in the history of civilization continued to do business as usual during times of war as it did during times of peace? Has there ever been a society at war that did not alter the relationship between the state and the individual?