With all the hoopla surrounding President Barack Obama’s references to the “1967 borders” and its implications for the continued survival of the Jewish state, little attention has been paid to the far more pernicious passages interspersed throughout his latest Middle East speech. Supporters of Israel need to cut through the media haze and focus on his actual words to understand exactly where the president is coming from.
Thank you for running Steve Lipman’s article “Jewish Secularism’s Moment” (May 20). The topic is important: a challenge to both synagogues and the organized Jewish community to probe more deeply into what is meaningful and sustaining about Jewish life — secular and religious.
Francine Klagbrun’s column about the image of Chinese vs. Jewish mothers gives one pause. I wonder if she might be willing to take some advice from a man (“Jewish Mothers Aren’t Tigers,” Opinion, May 13).
If the “Tiger” model is so wrong, shouldn’t we be asking why the children of Chinese immigrants, by and large, still retain deep respect of their parents?
One of the main themes Gary Rosenblatt addressed in his column, “Recognizing And Responding To Real Enemies” (May 13) is to take seriously those who talk of the destruction of Israel and its people. He points out that nothing has changed with Hamas and its leadership since they merged with the Fatah.
Everyone lauds all efforts that will result in a quality Jewish education for our children (“‘Radical’ Hebrew School Model Takes Shape,” April 29). Producing proud and literate Jews will guarantee a Jewish future. However, as indicated, “Hebrew school” has failed to do this. In fact, since students rarely know Hebrew after years in Hebrew school, we now call these schools congregational schools, religious schools or complementary schools. The term “supplementary school” has fallen out of favor.
I am concerned that remarks of mine quoted in James Besser’s article on Newt Gingrich and Jewish Republicans left an incomplete and therefore misleading impression (“Will Gingrich Bomb With Jewish Republicans?” May 13).
When I was asked how Jewish voters would assess a Gingrich candidacy, I mentioned one consideration that might hamper him — the perception that his rhetoric is too hard-edged and that he emphasizes social issues more than some Jewish voters may think is called for.