How do we make sense out of chaos? How do we reestablish order in our lives after everything has gone wrong? Perhaps more importantly, after everything has gone wrong, how do we muster the strength and purpose to commit ourselves to rebuild, to rededicate, and to look forward to a new day—a new life?
The Torah teaches us in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live—by loving the Lord your God...”
Gary Rosenblatt writes that, on one hand, “the primary reason there has been no peace with the Palestinians is that the Palestinians refuse to recognize the right of the Jewish people to have a state of their own,” yet, on the other, that Israeli leaders must sit down “with Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, soon, while they are still in control, in an effort to avert the UN showdown and keep Hamas out of the process” (“Bad As Israel’s Situation Is, It May Well Get Worse,” June 10).
Upon reading Elicia Brown's column, “This Land Is Your Land?” (Back Of The Book, June 10), I feel compelled to respond. Teaching her daughter Talia about Israel is a very worthwhile idea, and I have a few suggestions.
First, enroll her in a Jewish school. I know the cost is high, but the cost to Jewish identity if not enrolled is even greater. In a yeshiva or day school, she will imbibe love of Israel with the very air she breathes.
I believe the Holocaust is unique in modern history and should be kept as a separate study. (“Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center,” June 17)
Too many nations, church leaders, etc. actively participated in the sole efforts to kill all the Jews of Europe. It went beyond the genocidal excesses we have read about in most history books and studies. Most genocidal efforts were limited to a specific area or nation. The Holocaust was to kill Jews regardless of national boundaries, belief or even ethnicity.
It is true Anthony Weiner’s conduct was inappropriate and immature as were his initial lies (“Like Weiner, District’s Future Now Uncertain,” June 17). It is also true there was no physical contact involved nor did Mr. Weiner commit any crime.
Despite some brashness on his part, he was an effective Congressman who well served his constituency. Calls for his resignation by members of Congress and particularly Democratic leadership more concerned about Republicans backlash were uncalled for.
In “JTS Women Grads Struggling For Pulpits” (June 3), Stewart Ain addresses an important communal issue -- gender bias in the Conservative rabbinate. There is a serious challenge for the Jewish community here—as per the troubling remarks of Rabbi Stephen Wolnek regarding communities being more comfortable with a man.
“It’s nothing against women; it’s just that given two equally good candidates, congregations would prefer to go for the more traditional profile,” Rabbi Wolnek said.
Our man in Washington, James D. Besser, is hanging up his spikes, so to speak, after nearly 20 years with The Jewish Week. Six years before he took up his post for this paper, he covered Washington for the Baltimore Jewish Times when Gary Rosenblatt, this paper’s editor and publisher, was editor of the Baltimore weekly. That makes about a quarter century that Jim has been working his sources on Capitol Hill, attending conferences and keeping a watchful eye on the workings of the Washington operations of the major American Jewish organizations.
It’s always unsettling to see a promising political career come crashing down because of a personal failing, a spectacle that has become all too familiar in recent years. We have covered Anthony Weiner’s public service from the time he rose from Chuck Schumer’s aide to city councilman to Congressional representative and strong defender of Israel, to his two surreal press conferences this month.