I was riveted by the recent story of an Orthodox Israeli young woman, Ophir Ben-Shetreet, who sang beautifully on the Israeli talent-search program, “The Voice,” and as a result was suspended from her Orthodox school for two weeks because of the prohibition against women singing in public if men are present. Ophir’s performance and evident charm inspired people around the country. The judges praised her as “modest” and “pure,” and she could serve as a role model for young Orthodox women who feel the desire to express themselves and develop their talents. Instead, she was condemned.
Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.
A father, a son in the IDF and the 18 holes that weren’t.
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It was supposed to have been a father-son getaway, a long-awaited retreat of five days of golf and bonding. While many would guess Myrtle Beach, in coastal South Carolina, or the more-exotic Scotland, our destination was actually Israel. As unusual as that may sound, it is because my son Max currently lives there and serves as a platoon sergeant in the IDF’s Golani Brigade.
The July 18 article “Freedom Summer Memories” is only partly accurate about the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City and the Freedom Party challenge. Some whites/Jews (e.g. Joe Rauh) did surrender to President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s fake “compromise.” But others, especially younger Jews (like me, Marcus Raskin, others) who had been legislative assistants on Capitol Hill were invited, too, and did work closely with the Freedom Democrats and supported their decision to reject the fake compromise.
It was gratifying to read that the editor of The Jewish Week has now joined the pro-Israel watchdogs who have been all over the New York Times for its slanted coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (“New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False,” July 18). It must have been an epiphany for a former defender of the Times’ Mideast coverage. His earlier belief that the newspaper’s occasional flaws were not consistent or inherent, had been disproved by CAMERA [a pro-Israel media watchdog group]; it found from July to December 2011 “a disproportionate, continuous embedded indictment of Israel that dominates views and commentary sections. Israeli views are downplayed, while Palestinian perspectives, especially criticism of Israel are amplified and even promoted.”
I am responding to your Between the Lines column dated July 18 (“New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False”). I think that you are being unfair to The New York Times. It is not the role of the Times to rationalize Israeli actions or pat ourselves on the back as to how ethical we are — which you seem to be doing in your opinion article.
I completely agree with Gary Rosenblatt in his July 18 column, “New York Times’ Parallels Are Forced, And False.” But I wonder how and why it took you, a very intelligent person, so long to discover the glaring bias of The Times. This applies not only to the content of its articles but even how they are placed. Anything negative appears on the front page; positive items are buried inside. The organization CAMERA has pointed this out — and documented it — for a long time.
Gary Rosenblatt (“False Equivalency,” July 10) correctly notes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “is now partners in a unity government with Hamas, whose charter is to destroy the Jewish state and kill Jews, and currently trying to do so through hundreds of daily rocket attacks against the Israeli population.”
I want first to establish my credentials as a strong supporter of the Israel founded by the early Zionists. I grew up in a Zionist home, and as a teenager I led the junior congregation of the Conservative synagogue to which my grandparents and parents belonged. In the 1940s, while in college, I was the head of the Wisconsin chapter of IZFA, the Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America. Although secular, I am and have always been a synagogue member.
I found Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “‘Revenge’ Is Not Our Way” (July 11), to be shortsighted in its analysis of the Palestinian Arabs’ situation. They are not acting solely in response to the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Their hostility to Israel is also directed, understandably, to the harsh, unjust occupation of the West Bank, and its extreme repression of the Palestinian population of the area.