Editorial & Opinion

Too Kind To Beinart


I think Gary Rosenblatt was much too kind to Peter Beinart regarding his new book (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

I have not read the new book and I have no intention of doing so because it seems to be only a variant of Beinart’s execrable New York Times op-ed of March 18 and his earlier essay published in the New York Review of Books in 2010.

No Ambiguity


Gary Rosenblatt ends his piece on Peter Beinart by stating that Israel defenders ignore the moral issues and Israel critics ignore “so many others” (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

But Rosenblatt and other Beinart critics, like Daniel Gordis, don’t ignore the moral issues: they simply have no response to them.

Beinart Accomplishment


In his column, “Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia” (March 23), Gary Rosenblatt challenges Peter Beinart’s argument that “settlements are the key to Israel’s future.” It’s true that Israel has other major threats from Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. But what Rosenblatt fails to recognize is that Israel’s partners for peace/defense will multiply exponentially once the settlement problem is resolved and there are two democratic states living side by side.

Backing Away On Bris Ritual


I wish to clarify remarks that were attributed to me on the subject of metzitzah b’peh (“Haredi Rift Opens Over Bris Ritual,” March 30).

The practice is indeed time honored and is followed by the majority of the Orthodox Jewish community today around the world, as it has been for thousands of years.

Seder Guests


I very much enjoyed Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s thought-provoking Opinion piece, “Guess Who’s Coming to Seder?” (March 30), and used it as a springboard to discuss his idea with my family. If they could choose anyone to join in our Pesach seder, who would they want to be there?

Avoid The Seder Sprint


No doubt the Haggadah is the most renewable of Jewish texts because its message of freedom from oppression is so universal, so relevant in each generation. With more than 7,000 known variations, our guide to the seder is the most translated and published of all Jewish texts.

What If You Were An Egyptian?



Recently I read an article citing studies that the more power one attains inside an organization, the less empathetic one becomes to those who have less power. Power, in other words, dulls our compassion. So permit me to slightly reframe a message I wrote about Passover several years ago: This Passover, don’t only imagine yourself a slave — imagine yourself an Egyptian.

Egypt Turns The Clock Back


With the first round of presidential elections in Egypt coming up in late May, the field is tightening up. And the prospects for those of us concerned about Israel are increasingly grim.

Can Obama Be Trusted To Save Israel?

Editor And Publisher

Let me make clear at the outset: I don’t know what Israel plans to do about the Iran nuclear threat, and I don’t have any new advice for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about what actions he should or should not take as he and his government face an impossible dilemma.

But I do know that the mainstream press (and especially The New York Times) has had a steady drumbeat of reports these last few weeks characterizing Israel unfairly in the delicate diplomatic dance of Jerusalem, Washington and Tehran.

Gary Rosenblatt

After The Tragedy: Helping The Toulouse Community

Special To The Jewish Week

Even upon landing in Paris, en route to Toulouse, it was clear that a grave thing has happened. I could see an armed soldier every few meters. When I got off the El Al plane from Israel a heavy feeling connected me immediately to the reality not only of what happened — the murder of a teacher and three children at the Ozar Hatorah School by a terrorist — but also to our being vulnerable.

Talia Levanon
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