I find it quite hypocritical that Gloria Steinem, a feminist who must know that the status of women in the Arab world is unlike her own status, is critical of Mayor de Blasio’s support of Israel (“Left, Right Spar Over De Blasio’s AIPAC Speech,” Feb. 7). Where is the status of women better — in Israel or in the Arab world?
I was happy to see Jewish Week was covering the SodaStream/Oxfam story until I read the story itself (online Q&A, “ScarJo Stands Firm”). The story struck me not so much as journalism as propaganda for SodaStream with some free public relations damage control thrown in.
Regarding Adam Dickter’s front-page article last week (“Left, Right Spar Over De Blasio’s AIPAC Speech”): The 58 rabbis, writers, journalists and sundry others who found New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Jan. 23 visit to AIPAC something to evoke their venom, signed onto a letter shouting, “Your job is not to do AIPAC’s bidding when they call you to do so.”
Describing Beit Shemesh in a state of religious war (“Is Tide Turning In Beit Shemesh Religious Wars?,” Jan. 24) does not accurately depict the ambience of the town. Over 40 years ago I married into an Orthodox Sephardic family in what is now known as the “old” Beit Shemesh. In those days there were virtually no Americans and few Ashkenazic Israelis who ventured into what was considered a poor development town.
Not only does Al Sharpton owe the Jewish community an apology for his role in the Crown Heights riots, he still owes an apology to the community at-large, and to the innocent district attorney in Westchester, in particular, for his immoral and illegal role in the Tawana Brawley case (“Sharpton-De Blasio Ties,” Jan. 17).
When both spouses share one faith and “model religiosity,” and when fathers provide “warmth, affirmation” and “emotional bonding,” religious cultures are vibrantly transmitted, according to Vern L. Bengston’s new book, “Families and Faith: How Religion Is Passed Down Across Generations.” Reading that book review yesterday, I visualized Dan Smokler carrying his toddler on his shoulders throughout one recent Shabbat morning at Darhei Noam, an Open Orthodox congregation on the Upper West Side.