I wish everyone who bemoans the fate and future of journalism in general, and Jewish journalism in particular, could have sat in on the first Jewish Scholastic Press Conference in Los Angeles two weeks ago.
Seventy-five years ago this weekend the world failed a test.
Throughout Germany and parts of Austria the Nazis carried out an extensive pogrom. There were attacks on Jewish individuals and sites on Nov. 9-10,1938, leaving at least 91 Jews dead, some 30,000 arrested and interned in concentration camps, and more than 1,000 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses destroyed.
In the few months since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became the head of the Roman Catholic Church he has changed the atmospherics of the Vatican more profoundly — and most observers would emphatically say for the better — than anyone since Pope John XXIII more than 50 years ago.
Jacob is running for his life. He and his mother Rebecca colluded to deprive his older brother Esau of his father Isaac’s blessing. Jacob now sets out on life-changing journey to find himself and the direction his life should take.
For much of my life, the notion that I, an American Jewish rabbi, would address a primarily German Christian audience in a Berlin church on Kristallnacht was inconceivable. Most American Jews of my generation were raised with antipathy toward all things German. After all, Germany and Germans perpetrated the destruction of much of European Jewish civilization and the extermination of six million Jews, one-third of world Jewry.
He was a flawed hero. No, I’m not speaking about the biblical Abraham, who passed his wife off as his sister, or Jacob, who won his birthright by deception. I am speaking of Yitzchak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel, whose yahrzeit we commemorated this week.
When The New Yorker was first launched in 1935 and for a long time after, money was very tight. Once when the first editor, Harold Ross, asked Dorothy Parker why she had not written a promised piece, she answered, “Well, someone else was using the pencil.”
I loved your Travel column about New Bedford, Mass., “A Whale of a Town” (Oct. 11), with its lovely description of its whaling history and Jewish community. Having grown up in New Bedford (and my father was born and grew up in New Bedford) I can attest to what was described in the article. I would also like to add that New Bedford boasts three beautiful beaches, one with a children’s playground, snack bar and a lovely walking path along the point, overlooking gorgeous water views, as well as Buttonwood Park Zoo which has a fabulous children’s playground.
Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman rightfully called on Jewish institutions such as the Jewish Theological Seminary to welcome Jews in their 20s and 30s to build Jewish community within their walls (“Growing The Shrinking Conservative Movement,” Opinion, Oct. 18).
I take issue with Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “ADL at 100, Fighting Hatred on the Internet” (Oct. 4), when it made reference to “a crudely made 14-minute trailer highly critical of Islam and Muhammad that set off violent anti-Western riots in Egypt, Libya, Iran and Yemen.”