Last year, just 36 of the nearly three million Syrian refugees were resettled in the United States. To give some context, in the same year, 658 people summited Mt. Everest, a number 18 times greater than the amount of people who escaped Syria and made it to America.
The Talmud teaches us (Berachot, 21a) that the requirement to say a blessing after a meal comes from a verse in the Torah (Deuteronomy 8:10), and to recite it before the meal comes from a logical imperative. But the reverse is true with Torah study; the source for reciting a blessing before is from a verse (Deut. 32:3).
Having participated in the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet The Authors” program several years ago, I thank Gary Rosenblatt for bringing back fond memories of an event once described as “The Gong Show” for Jewish writers (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6).
I was one of the authors who spoke at the same session of the Jewish Book Council “Meet The Authors” program as Gary Rosenblatt (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6). In contrast to his relaxed and truly funny presentation, mine included a pretty terrifying Rick Perry moment. Just lost it for what seemed like an age. But I finished in time, so the silence couldn’t have lasted that long (I hope).
“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.