Thank you very much for writing about Glenn Beck’s multi-night tribute to the tragedy in Itamar (“What If The Fogels Had Lived In Tel Aviv?” Between the Lines, March 25). I’ve been a fan of The Jewish Week and Beck for many years, and I don’t see how anyone could accuse him of being an anti-Semite, especially after this. His criticisms of George Soros are accurate, and I hope most people start to recognize Beck as a good friend of all Jews and Israel.
Gary Rosenblatt’s courageous piece (“Advocacy Gone Awry,” March 18) calls much-needed attention to the polarization that currently exists in discussions on the topic of what constitutes “pro-Israel” advocacy, and what is “anti-Israel.”
I read Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Advocacy Gone Awry” (March 18), and my initial reaction was to agree with its message almost completely. The protests against the JCC in Manhattan seem absurd, for all the reasons you outlined.
But as I thought about it more, I realized that while the column is right about the JCC (and similar) protests being off-target, it also reinforces the idea that what’s at issue here is merely a communications problem, not one about an on-the-ground reality. I’m referring to the reality that even someone like Ariel Sharon
I think we’ve hit a dangerous trend in the American Jewish community “Advocacy Gone Awry,” Between the Lines, March 18). Right-wing groups are resorting to neo-McCarthyism in an effort to determine if other Jews pass their pro-Israel litmus test. These groups should not be the sole arbitrators of what it means to be pro-Israel. This would be the equivalent of saying that only one political party in the U.S. is sufficiently patriotic.
In last week’s front-page article, “Teaneck Parents Eyeing Public (School) Option,” the author discusses an increasing level of interest among Orthodox parents in exploring the once-unimaginable possibility of enrolling their children in public schools. This is primarily; though not exclusively, due to the prohibitive, and seemingly ever-increasing cost of yeshiva tuition.
Since the beginning of January, I have been on a tour of North America and have seen over 400 Conservative rabbis face-to-face or conducted extensive phone interviews with them.
What am I looking for?
I have been reaching out to my colleagues with the question: “As a rabbi, what are you trying to accomplish in your community? How does your Torah inspire your community to bring change in their lives and the world?” In the aggregate, their stories are a lens on the Conservative movement today.
As Israel Apartheid Week launched at schools across the country last month, StandWithUs, an Israel advocacy group, had a message: pro-Israel students needed to fight.
The Israel advocacy organization’s statement described the campus Israeli-Palestinian climate in bellicose terms, calling IAW a “hate fest,” and advocating a “hard-hitting, aggressive response” on some campuses. It reassured readers that StandWithUs has “a big arsenal of materials for students” countering anti-Israel activities.
In the wake of the murders in Itamar, the rocket attacks on the south of Israel and the bombing in Jerusalem, the banner of Jewish victimhood has been raised once again. It has long been axiomatic in the Middle East that “to the victim belongs the spoils,” and in the past such horrible attacks have given Israel’s defenders an opening, however brief, to appeal to the world’s conscience. But lately it’s been harder for Israel to do that, in part because, at least until now, the rate of terrorism had plummeted.