Editorial & Opinion

Questions For Mormons


Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“Romney Or Not, We Can Learn From The Mormons,” Nov. 25) offering a Jewish perspective on Mitt Romney’s candidacy in next year’s presidential election is eminently timely, but begs for attention to some serious issues concerning Mormonism’s possible impingement on the candidate’s suitability for the highest political office.

Here are three questions among others that warrant consideration:

Not Just For Republicans


In Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Romney Or Not, We Can Learn From The Mormons” (Nov. 25), I was puzzled by his comment that Mitt Romney is an attractive candidate for “Jewish Republicans.” 

Why limit Romney’s Jewish appeal to Republicans? Especially when the current occupant of the White House has been so hostile to Israel and other Jewish interests.

This coming election will prove (again, after Bob Turner’s victory) that the Democrats do not have the lock on the Jewish vote that they once did.

Kosher Consumers


Reading “Kosher Butchers Cutting Closer To The Bone” (Oct. 28) one would mistakenly conclude that only stores outside the kosher community offer savings.

My family has been in the kosher food business for half a century and offering, from day one, the best possible value. My father, Sam Brach, of blessed memory, considered making kosher food affordable his life’s mission.

We, the stores in the kosher community, take very seriously the responsibility to serve our people. We stock the full line of most of the brands we carry.

‘Buy Israel’ Misleading


The Jewish Week’s call to “buy Israel” in the framework of “Buy Israel Week” (Editorial, Nov.11) is well intentioned, but misleading. Specifically, the “Buy Israel Week” campaign makes absolutely no distinction between Israel and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. As a result, “Buy Israel Week” would have us buy from Tekoa, the settlement home of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, as quickly as we would buy from Tel Aviv.

Special Attention To Special Needs


Sometimes it can seem, or we’d like to think, that the Jewish community is a Lake Wobegon of sorts, where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” Of course, we know that so many of us are hardly that, and too many of our children, despite all our love and prayers, are special or unique in ways that can be more difficult, and more demanding of parents. Ideally, the community would respond to those with special needs.

Troubling Legislation In The Knesset


Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who will be completing his 16-year tenure as head of the Reform movement at the end of the year, has never been afraid to speak his mind. He has been an advocate for greater Torah study and observance of Jewish ritual within the Union of Reform Judaism, taken President Barack Obama to task for publicizing his disagreement with Israel over settlements, called on a major Muslim American group to engage in more dialogue with Jews, and chided J Street members, at their annual convention, about some of their criticisms of Israel.

The Romance Of Jacob And Rachel

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 4:11 p.m.
Torah: Genesis 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hosea 11:17-12:14
(Sephard); 12:13-14:10 (Ashkenaz)
Havdalah: 5:14 p.m.

Freema Gottlieb

Addressing The Discomfort Young Liberals Feel With Israel

Special To The Jewish Week

During a recent conversation about the circumstances, future and significance of Israel for liberally minded North American Jews, the 20-something scion of a prestigious American Jewish family, with long Jewish and Zionist credentials, made a clearly painful confession; “To tell you the truth, Israel disgusts me.”

Mike Prashker

A Visit To West Point, A Message Of Tolerance

Special To The Jewish Week

I recently spent a day at West Point meeting Jewish and non-Jewish cadets, seeing the sights, talking about leadership education with administration and faculty, and teaching a class about Judaism. We spoke of the distinctive pattern of religious belief and practice in America, and the role of religion in stimulating and sanctifying violence — and in eliciting and sanctifying compassion.

Arnold Eisen

Pride In Firearms


Congratulations on the excellent “Buy Israel Week” special section (Nov. 18). Let’s not forget that Israel also manufactures and exports some of the finest firearms in the world, through companies such as Israel Weapons Industries in Ramat Hasharon and Bul Transmark in Tel Aviv. Instead of owning an Austrian Glock or a German Sig Sauer, Jews, where legally allowed, cancarry “Made in Israel” with pride.

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