While I was reading Heather Robinson’s editorial (“Jewish-American Women And Intermarriage,” Nov. 8) it reminded me of the sad love story, “Splendor in the Grass” starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. The young couple was prevented from ever getting married due to parental disapproval.
The woman who called my office a few weeks ago wouldn’t tell me her name. “That’s not important,” she said. “I just wanted to thank you for the toothbrush.” Sensing my confusion, she explained that she lost her home during Hurricane Sandy (“Sandy Aid For Houses Of Worship Stalled,” Nov. 1). Within a matter of hours, she had the clothes on her back, a small suitcase of valuables, and that was pretty much it. When she got to a shelter, she got warm clothing, a cot to sleep on, and a small bag with essentials like toiletries.
Young Zionists should have their views challenged and discussed, dissected and pondered upon, but I think the world takes care of this task (“Outside Of My Israel ‘Comfort Zone,’” Oct. 25). The classroom of a pro-Israel program should not be a place where students are attacked for their views, but a place for support and information. In today’s world, it’s easy to become an Israel denouncer, as many youths today do grow to be. Media warping, attention-grabbing anti-Israel protests, and events such as Israel Apartheid Week create enough debate and argument for pro-Israel students.
I am truly baffled by the news priorities of The Jewish Week. Your front page (Nov. 15 issue) has headline articles about GA [General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America discussions on pluralism, the nickname of a British soccer team and anti-Semitic students at a public school in upstate New York.
In the Oct. 11 issue, travel writer Hilary Larson profiled New Bedford, Mass., in her story “One Whale Of A Town.” I am one of the two rabbis in New Bedford, and it is too bad that Ms. Larson did not contact me about the Jewish history of New Bedford. I have done extensive research using the documentary record of the Jewish community. These documents explain the objectives of the immigrant Jewish community and what European rabbis were doing in the city and beyond to strengthen Judaism.
There are many statements in Marion Usher’s opinion piece on the Pew survey that I agree with (“Religion Is Only One Way To Identify As A Jew,” Nov. 1). Her conclusions, though, appear to me to be totally at odds with the facts, even as she presents them. Blaming “nuance” for the fact that reality doesn’t meet her fantasy is nothing more than denial.