Moshe Phillips, Benyamin Korn |
Members of the Board, Religious Zionists of America |
Gary Rosenblatt reports in his column, “At Year’s End, Struggling To Stay Together” (Sept. 19), that at a recent meeting of 50 Jewish “thought leaders and communal activists” in Baltimore, participants noted that many in the Jewish community measure the success or failure of Jewish education according to “the choice of a Jewish marriage partner.” Certainly despite other religious differences in the Jewish community, there is a broad consensus that intermarriage is undesirable.
The Sept. 26 front-page headline: “Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” should be a wake-up call, unfortunately, late in the game. Why do the “center” and the “left” award the “right” a monopoly on looking out for Jewish interests, speaking out and being proud Jews?
Helen Freedman |
Executive Director |
Two articles in your Sept. 26 issue describe the organized efforts of “the right flank of the Jewish community” to stop the Metropolitan Opera presentation of the pro-terrorist opera, “The Death Of Klinghoffer” (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” and “Operatic Rage At Met Protest”).
Throughout the brouhaha over “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, has sought to deflect criticism that the work is anti-Semitic by pointing out that he is himself Jewish (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing,” Sept. 26). Now, it seems, Gelb has ratcheted it up a notch by presenting himself not as just a member-in-good-standing of the Jewish community but as an out-and-out defender of the community’s interests.
In his Sept. 26 column, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Gary Rosenblatt mentions the horns of the marchers at the Climate March but fails to note the large numbers of Jews who attended with shofarot to proclaim their commitment to protecting the planet. Of course many young Jews are aware of the Torah’s insistence that humans care for the earth. To assume their ignorance is wrong, particularly given the large number of Jewish organizations that marched.
Richard H. Schwartz |
Professor Emeritus |
Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “An Inconvenient Truth” (Sept. 26), arguing that Jews should be concerned about Israel and terrorism threats as well as climate change, is reinforced by the following considerations: The Israeli Union for Environmental Defense projects that climate change will cause Israel to experience a temperature increase of 2 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit, a 20 to 30 percent decrease in average rainfall, severe storms when rain does occur, increased desertification, and an inundation of the coastal plain where most Israelis live by a rising Mediterranean Sea.