Editorial & Opinion

Not Appreciating History

05/01/2012

I am curious about the backgrounds of Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and others associated with the Kolot Chayeinu synagogue “who are simply not interested in Israel, as well as those who reject the notion of a Jewish state” (“’Voices’ Divided Over Israel,” April 20). My guess is they are not descendants of Holocaust survivors.

Six million Jews perished during the Holocaust. Had there been a State of Israel at that time, many of these Jews could have escaped to Israel and many lives would have been saved.

Doesn’t Trust President

05/01/2012

The relief that finally a respected, objective person is calling out President Barack Obama is incredible (“Can Obama Be Trusted To Save Israel?” editor’s column, April 6).

Unlike Gary Rosenblatt, I regard Obama as a huge threat both to Israel and to the freedoms we have always had in this country. Executive order or executive fiat? Threats to override the Supreme Court. Forced limits on religious freedoms. And the list goes on.

Redeeming Us

05/01/2012

Bravo, Cynthia Ozick for a very fine article (“Crashing The Seder Story,” March 30). Pesach is in part about redemption, and the article shows a way to redeem us from the nonsense Haggadot and alternate seders that have been proliferating.

Recalling Reubens (As In The Sandwich)

05/01/2012

“The Gentrification of the Gefilte” (April 20) makes a passing reference to a Reuben sandwich. I am related to the late Arnold Reuben (grand-uncle and my mom’s uncle), whose fabulous restaurant Reuben’s on East 58th Street off Fifth Avenue catered to the rich and famous.

Quality Time

05/01/2012

Great article about kids layning [reading from the Torah] for their bar/bat mitzvah (“Changing Up The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Experience,” April 20). I am a rebbe here in Israel, and I tutor a lot of kids. I also give bar mitzvah lessons.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hype

05/01/2012

 The role of the bar/bat mitzvah in contemporary Jewish life deserves all the attention Gary Rosenblatt gave it, and more (“Changing Up The Bar And Bat Mitzvah Experience,” April 20). It reminded me of the parent who sends the child to Hebrew school with the warning, “My parents made me go, and you have to go also.”

Finest Essay Yet

05/01/2012

I’ve been a reader of The Jewish Week for many years, and I thought Eric Herschthal’s essay, “Are You There God?” (April 13), was the finest the paper has produced. It focused on an all-too-vital and widespread issue that hasn’t been given enough press.

Religion Without God

05/01/2012

Eric Herschthal’s question: “Can religion, especially Judaism, work if you don’t believe in God?” ironically and unintentionally puts its finger on exactly the issue (“Are You There, God?” April 13). His article is well written, articulate, rational and totally beside the point.

New Directions In Assault On Israel’s Legitimacy

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds. 

Martin Raffel

A Perfect Firestorm For Anti-Semitism

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

The story of world Jewry covering the past six decades must be defined as one of achievement and recognition. American Jews have achieved extraordinary success and influence, and Israel, despite threats to its existence, has flourished as a democracy, and absorbed and resettled millions of Jews. Yet, as the world marks the 80th anniversary of the rise of Nazism, the status of Jews in the world seems to be seriously eroding.

Steven Windmueller
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