“The Murder of Emmett Till” might, if properly constructed, be a true work of art. But if canceled [because it portrayed a lynching in the South], Anthony Thomassini of the New York Times would probably lament that it “could have been an invaluable teaching moment for the Met and its audiences.” That’s what he wrote about the cancellation of the simulcast of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27.) It would have been a valuable opportunity to consider the feelings of the white supremacists and “explore their suffering.”
The New York Times chief classical music critic feels that the “Klinghoffer” opera is an attempt to explore the suffering of the Palestinians; and the Times feels that the opera “gives voice to all sides” in this act of terrorism should not have been cancelled in any way because “art can be provocative and controversial.” And the author, John Adams, feels that the Palestinians “are still human beings and there still has to be reasons why they did this act.”
I was very pleased to see The Jewish Week’s special section on Sephardim in New York (June 27). This is a long overdue story, as what is happening in New York is nothing less than the revival and flourishing of an ancient tradition in a modern context.
I read with alarm the wins and losses statistics in the “BDS: A Scorecard” in Israel Now, a Special Supplement to The Jewish Week (May 30). Taking the extremism of this movement most seriously, I was shocked to see that TIAA-CREF, the company I have invested a substantial portion of my retirement money in over the past 30 years, dropped Soda-Stream and Caterpillar from its Social Choice portfolio in 2013 due to BDS pressure.
Regarding the June 13 Travel story, “Traveling Companions,” Hilary Larson gets it exactly right — and provides a useful service. I have, like her, traveled in all the varieties she mentions: alone, with my spouse, with family members. We all travel for varied reasons. Ms. Larson’s comments on how we travel, or rather, with whom we travel help us understand how that affects our experience.
What in the world does “gun owning” have to do with [Eric] Cantor’s primary defeat? (“Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?” June 20.) In the article, a political analyst made the point that cultural factors may have played a role in Cantor’s loss [to David Brat.]
Regarding last week’s story on the primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, “Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?” (June 20): In 2012, the Virginia U.S. Senate seat was vacated by retiring Democrat, Sen. Jim Webb. The GOP had an excellent opportunity to win back the seat. Eric Cantor opted to remain in Congress and the GOP nominated George Allen, who is famously remembered as the senator who made a racist remark in 2006; Allen was defeated in his re-election bid.
Rabbi Avi Shafran’s complaint about the state aid formula for public schools is unquestionably valid, (“Social Injustice and the Ramapo School Board,” online Opinion, May 2), but it has little to do with the disaster that the East Ramapo School District has become, a fact that in itself is undoubtedly fostering anti-Semitism in the Hudson Valley and beyond.