Chanukah? Humbug


Regarding the recent White House Chanukah party, Gary Rosenblatt kvells with pride  (“We’ve Come a Long Way, Abie,” Dec. 26). Describing the occasion, Rosenblatt writes: “Diversity was on display everywhere one looked, with hundreds of Jews noshing kosher delicacies in rooms bedecked with holly, the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra playing both Christmas and Chanukah tunes, and dozens of yarmulke-wearing men davening at ad hoc mincha and maariv services over in the corner.”

Bess Myerson, Fighting Cancer


Re: “Bess Myerson, Only Jewish Miss America, Dead at 90” (Jan. 9), it should be
noted that not only did Ms. Myerson helped found the Museum of Jewish
Heritage in New York, but she also donated a significant sum and lent her
celebrity status to support women facing ovarian cancer, which she fought and
survived in 1973.

Why Bother To Read?


In his Opinion piece about the need for Jewish organizations to support Jewish
journalism, David Suissa claims that young Jews no longer attracted to
ritual Judaism could become connected through reading Jewish
newspapers (“Why Judaism Needs Journalism,” Jan. 2).

Pollster Opposites


Regarding “Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (Jan. 2), the statistical sampling techniques used in poll taking produce results within a range, and those results are a function of how the questions are asked, to whom they are directed and numerous other factors. Even where the polltaker is highly respected and uses reputable sampling techniques, the results often vary. 

Honoring Our Veterans


I applaud Martin Raffel for his Opinion piece, “Seventy Years After WWII, Time To
Honor Our Vets” (Jan. 2), in which he expresses the unfortunate reality that the
American Jewish community does little if anything to recognize Jewish
American war veterans.
Our prayers in the synagogue, weekly sermons and
commemorations rarely acknowledge the debt of gratitude all Jews — those who
immigrated here and those born here — owe to the men and women who served this
country. It is because of their sacrifices that we in America have been able
to raise our families, establish businesses and educate our children.

Been There, Done That


Israeli journalist Ari Shavit (“A N.Y. Minute,” Dec. 26) says that the first necessary step to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace “is for Israel to instigate a settlement freeze.” Can Shavit have forgotten so quickly that Israel recently tried doing that? From November 2009 through September 2010, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze all construction in Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria. Yet it did not bring about peace; it only increased the Palestinians’ appetite for more unilateral Israeli concessions

USY Dating Decision


I must take exception to the
JTA article on United Synagogue Youth voting to allow its officers to
interdate, for two reasons
(“USY Reverses Interfaith Dating Ban,” Dec. 26).

Courageous Reporter


Matti Friedman is a rare modern-day hero for having the courage, as a veteran AP reporter, to tell the emperor that he has no clothes, by exposing the anti-Israel bias that he personally experienced at AP, present in almost all mainstream media (“When Journalists Are The Story,” Between The Lines, Dec. 19).

Understanding The Mandate


The settlements are legal (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Dec. 12, Editor’s column). That they are is confirmed by the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, as well as by the San Remo Resolution before this Mandate and the Anglo-American Convention after the Mandate. The Mandate for Palestine recognized the right of world Jewry to reconstitute their historic homeland in all of Western Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Article 6 of this Mandate reads:

Don’t Blame Bibi


Michael Oren is one of the brilliant, outstanding Israeli diplomats of our time, and he tells it like it is (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

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