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.
Ami Nahshon |
International President |
Contributing Editor Nathan Jeffay got it exactly right when he said that “the order of the day needs to be cohesion within Israeli society” (“Israel’s New Language Barrier,” Sept. 26). In the aftermath of heightened Jewish-Arab tensions surrounding the Gaza conflict, the last thing Israel needs is a renewed legislative effort to strip the Arabic language of its official status.
Gary Rosenblatt’s thoughtful and incisive comments on “Israel’s West Bank Grab” (Sept. 12) resonated with all of us who cringed, as he did, at the diplomatic arrogance of Israel’s claim and the timing of its announcement.