“Love Me, Love My Book,” Gary Rosenblatt’s column (June 6), brought back wistful memories of my two-minute-presentation last year at the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet the Authors” event on behalf of my book “Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived.”
In response to “Federations May Advance Efforts To Promote Israeli Civil Marriage” (May 30), I wish to comment on the push for civil marriage in Israel. Are these federations so bored that they have to impose themselves on an Israeli — not an American — problem?
Sid Schwarz worries about the tragic loss of Jewish identity, acknowledging that commemoration of the Holocaust and pride in the State of Israel is simply not enough reason to get Jews serious about actually living a Jewish life (“Can Zionism Be The Answer?” Opinion, June 6).
Your Editorial “Call Hamas’ Bluff’ (June 6) defies all sensibilities. It states that “Benjamin Netanyahu could have simply said that his government is happy to meet and negotiate with the leaders of the new Palestinian government.” Then you added, “when Hamas announces its willingness to play by the rules.” Surely you jest.
Pope Francis came and he went. (“Wall To Wall Symbolism,” May 30) As for the warm relations between Jerusalem and the Vatican, his finding it necessary to pray at the security wall with its inferred condemnation of Israel and the reference to a nonexistent state of Palestine, is hardly in concert with fondness.
Re: “Israelis Debate Responses To PA’s Unity Government” (June 6). For many years a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians has been elusive because it required the approval of four parties: the secular and ultra-Orthodox on the Israeli side and the Palestinian Authority and Hamas on the Palestinian side. Since the two parties on each side did not agree with each other, suffice it to say there could be no agreement that would satisfy all the Israelis and the Palestinians.
In response to Yossi Prager’s Opinion piece, “Israel Education: One Size Does Not Fit All” (June 6), I believe that in order to give day school students a comprehensive knowledge of Israel we have to present a curriculum that leads students on a consistent journey throughout their education. Abrams Hebrew Academy uses a curriculum developed by the Lookstein Center, Bar Ilan University to help us do that.
The office of the president of the State of Israel is largely symbolic, intended to unify the country and bring it enhanced stature. But from the outset the definition of the role, to “stand at the head of the state,” has been vague, leading critics to call for its abolishment on the grounds that it is unnecessary and costly.
Leader takes pride in 15 years at helm of UJA-Fed NY while noting community's ‘uncertain future.'
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In a rare quiet moment, John Ruskay, who is stepping down at the end of the month after 15 years as CEO and executive vice president of UJA-Federation of New York, sat in his office on East 59th Street and described his feelings these days as “running in a relay race, trying to hand the baton” to his successor, Eric Goldstein, as seamlessly as possible.