When my daughter was in kindergarten, her teacher decided that it would be nice to get mothers more involved in the class. So she invited us to what she thought would be a fun evening with a stylist who specializes in teaching people how to set their tables more elegantly. I made a futile attempt to explain to this lovely young woman why a women’s-only evening to teach proper table-care was throwing women back a generation or more, and that, by the way, fathers are parents, too.
Childhood, wrote George Eliot, is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.
One of the pains of youth is that we have not yet aged; we cannot imagine how much we will change, how our memories will reconfigure themselves, that this moment is not forever. As we grow, the accumulation of sorrows carries comfort: we have been sad, or hurt, or disappointed before and discovered that change is the one constant of life. As Solomon’s ring had it, this too shall pass.
At the JW's annual Conversation, unlikely connections emerge.
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One of the unintended highlights of this year’s Conversation — the annual Jewish Week-sponsored two-day retreat for a wide variety of Jewish leaders and future leaders from around the country — was the emerging friendship between two participants with seemingly little in common besides their names. Actually, their name.
I take profound objection to your inclusion in Letters of “Pew and Jewish Humor” (Oct. 18). The suggestion to replace the rabbi’s Shabbat sermon with a 15-minute standup comedy is ludicrous and insults the sacred spirit of the Shabbat.
Gil Troy’s article, “Where Are Your Bloody New York Jews?” (Opinion, Oct. 11) resonated with me because as executive director of Americans For A Safe Israel, I have been asking that same question for years. This year, our group alone, with Bob Kunst, a single activist, demonstrated outside the UN in support of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was speaking before the General Assembly. We displayed Israeli and American flags, and held aloft large signs declaring that we stood with Israel. Unfortunately, it was only passer-by Israelis who stopped to give us a thumbs-up. The New York Jews were not there.
I thoroughly enjoyed Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the incredible 1960 World Series, but wanted to point out that not all the Pittsburgh area Orthodox Jews were oblivious to the events surrounding the Pirates (“In The Big Inning,” Oct. 4).
No one can condone the alleged actions of those accused of kidnapping and torturing Jewish husbands who refuse to provide their wives with a Jewish divorce, or get, but we cannot permit this story to overshadow the challenges a Jewish woman faces if she is unable to obtain a get (“Accused Kidnap Rabbi Known For ‘Wild West’ Rules,” Oct. 18).
According to legend, it was John Foster Dulles, secretary of state under President Eisenhower and not known as a friend of Israel, who is most responsible for the creation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which celebrated “five decades of leadership and achievement” with a gala dinner attended by 1,200 people at the Waldorf Astoria last week.
The Red Sox were on the precipice of a sweep of the 2004 World Series, and all the TV commentators could focus on during in Game 4 was when their team would blow it. After Boston won that night, fans complained that the media ignored the excitement and action on the field because of their predetermined story frame. What the media also failed to notice was the bigger picture — in that game, the Red Sox established a strong organization that was built to compete for the foreseeable future.