Editorial & Opinion

On Election Eve, A Rabbi Senses Anger

Differences Of Opinion Are Acceptable; Divisiveness Between People Is Not


I am not endorsing a candidate for the November 6 election.  I do have a strong opinion but that opinion is personal.

The reason for this message is because I sense a great deal of emotion – actually, anger – in the Jewish community as it faces a critical choice for America.  The anger is beneath the surface but every once in a while it reveals itself in vituperative and mean-spirited language that is expressed between otherwise well-meaning people.

A Call To Keep The Faith With Ethiopian Olim

After arrival in Israel, Ethiopian Jews are optimistic, but need further help


Unfortunately, Jewish Men Do


There is a t-shirt that someone bought for me last year that has the words “Rabbis” and “Cheshvan” printed on it along with a huge heart. This t-shirt, created by Rabbi Rachel Silverman, acknowledges that once the Hebrew month of Tishrei and all of its holidays are finally complete, we rabbis fall in love with Cheshvan. It is no secret that the month is usually a lot quieter and easier for us.

Can Israel Trust Obama’s Resolve on Iran?

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Specter Was A Friend

Zionist Organization of America

Missing Phrase


In the article “Youth Vote Here Seen Up For Grabs” (Oct. 12), it is stated “[President Barack] Obama in May 2011 called upon Israelis to return to the pre-1967 borders ... which would require Israel giving up all or part of the West Bank, east Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights.”

This is of course not true. What he said was, “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

Doesn’t Trust Romney


Regarding the article “Youth Vote Here Seen Up For Grabs” (Oct. 12), to those mentioned in the report and others who think the same way, consider the following:  In this case it is not who will do the better job but who will be worse for our country and that, without a doubt, is Romney. 

Questions Obama On Israel


How pro-Israel is President Barack Obama if he refuses to deal respectfully with the Israeli people’s democratically chosen leader?

Your editorial, “Pushing The Candidates On Mideast Policy,” Oct. 12, states that “Obama believes that what may be best for Israel is not identical to [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s views.” At the same time, Obama has embraced the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood and the irresponsible Palestinian Authority, all at the expense of America’s allies and Western values. 

Jewish Institutional Darwinism

Teaneck, N.J.

Kudos on Gary Rosenblatt’s column, (“Is ‘Free’ Judaism A Good Idea?” Oct 19), a most timely article on an issue that bedevils most congregations today. 

Free Holiday Services

E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary Manhattan

In his column, “Is ‘Free’ Judaism A Good Idea?” (Oct. 19), Gary Rosenblatt makes a persuasive case both for reducing free offers to young Jews and also for maintaining them.

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