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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.