Editorial & Opinion

Truth And (No) Consequences


What are we to make of Newt Gingrich’s assertion that the Palestinians are an “invented” people?

In an interview on cable TV’s The Jewish Channel the other day, the Republican presidential candidate, asked if he was a Zionist, responded: “Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. We have invented the Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs and are historically part of the Arab people, and they had the chance to go many places.”

Acts Of Kindness, Acts Of Shame

Special To The Jewish Week

Late last Shabbat afternoon I came downstairs to find my husband reading aloud an article from The New York Times to our 12-year-old daughter about a free loan fund that had been started in Atlanta by a Jewish couple. Seeing the economic hardship around them, this couple put aside $5,000 to help their neighbors in need through extending small loans. As my husband read to our daughter, I immediately knew that this was a story that I had to bring to the attention of my students the following morning.

Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi

Clinton Off Base


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sudden concern for Israel’s future as a democratic state in the shadow of the recent Muslim Brotherhood electoral victory in Egypt, and Iran’s irrational march to nuclear martyrdom is perplexing.

With the Mideast beset by growing violence and unprecedented instability, it is incomprehensible to any objective observer why America’s top diplomat would inappropriately foray into the internal voluntary busing preferences of religious Jews (men and women) who reside in the only legitimate democracy in that region.

Nothing To Discuss


Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Mind The Gap Between Orthodox And Other Jews” (Dec. 2) is basically a good piece, and a reasonable attempt at fairness. His penultimate sentences, however, indicate why there probably won’t be any dialogue. 

Chief Rabbi And The Rebbe


Yasher koach [congratulations] to Jonathan Mark on a most readable, moving and inspiring column (“The Chief Rabbi And The Rebbe,” Dec. 2).
This was, indeed, a noteworthy event — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks addressing the Chabad shluchim [emissaries] conference. Mark’s piece conveyed its uniqueness in full measure.


Unfair Depiction Of North Shore


The Jewish Week’s article “Day School World Gauging Fallout from SAT Scandal” (Dec. 2) is misleading, and it abandons the American principle of “innocent until proven guilty.”

The North Shore Hebrew Academy High School prides itself on honest achievement. Consistently at the forefront of Torah learning, chesed and academic success, the students of North Shore compete and achieve in the spirit of self-motivation and integrity.

Memories Of YU Basketball


When Yeshiva University’s alumni affairs director recently sent me an e-mail inviting me to participate in a ceremony honoring former captains of YU’s varsity basketball teams, it reminded me, many years later, of some of the thoughts and memories I have about playing basketball at Yeshiva (“Captain Of Their Soles,” Dec. 9).

Unbiased Professionals


It’s heartbreaking to read that some Lakewood Jewish officials apparently pressure child sex abuse victims and their loved ones into keeping silent about their suffering and reporting it to authorities. (“In Lakewood Abuse Cases, A ‘Parallel Justice System’,” Dec. 9).

This is precisely the attitude that has enabled thousands of child-molesting Catholic clerics to devastate the lives of tens of thousands of innocent children.

Gorenberg Responds


In her letter (Dec. 9) commenting on a review of my book, “The Unmaking of Israel” (Dec. 2), Karen Stahl-Don compares me to the 10 spies of the Torah. I confess my bemusement.

Shedding New Light On Chanukah

Special To The Jewish Week

The cruse of oil story that explains the origins of Chanukah has fallen into disrepute. Many people feel that it appeals to children only, because Chanukah for adults is about a military victory against overwhelming odds. The Babylonian Talmud, they say, composed the story to downplay the Maccabean triumph. But they are wrong. If we read the cruse of oil story in context, we will see how “authentic” it is, and what purpose its authors intended it to serve.

Judith Hauptman
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