Editorial & Opinion

So Near, So Far

08/02/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

In his book “Ambition,” Joseph Epstein points out that a large percentage of tax fraud is reported by the business associates and “friends” of the offenders. Indignation is peaked most often by those with whom we are close. As comedian Kathy Landsman says, holidays when we gather with our families are “chances to renew resentments afresh.”

Misleading On Malverne Jewish Center

08/02/2011

I read with great interest Stewart Ain’s article on the demographic changes taking place along the West Hempstead-Franklin Square border (“W. Hempstead Boundary Blues,” July 29) and how area congregations are being affected by and dealing with these changes. While I found the article informative, I was somewhat dismayed by the misleading and downright untrue references made with respect to the Malverne Jewish Center.

Deeply Inadequate

08/02/2011

Your editorial (‘How Obama Can Assure Israelis,’ July 8) argues that the crux of the problem in making peace is the “Palestinians’ refusal to recognize a Jewish state in the region” and that the U.S. must demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) drop the so-called “right of return” and abrogate its unity government agreement with Hamas.

Vitally important as these things are, this is deeply inadequate.

Israel Education First

08/02/2011

Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for mapping out a more ideal approach to Israel advocacy (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” Between The Lines, July 22). He correctly diagnoses the problem of emphasizing “hasbara” while downplaying or even ignoring Israel education in general. Without a connection to the land of Israel and the State of Israel, advocates are left bereft of any core personal investment in the country.

Intelligent Advocacy Needed

08/02/2011

Education before advocacy (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” Between The Lines, July 22) sounds reasonable. But look at what is defined as education — “what Israel can and should be,” emphasis of the “facts” and Israel as a “work in progress” which “must maintain standards of pluralism, tolerance and morality held dear by American Jews.”

Questions Accuracy

08/02/2011

Hella Winston’s coverage of Leiby Keltzky’s z’l abduction was not on a par with the caliber of article one expects from The Jewish Week. Her insinuation regarding Shomrim (an organization that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described in laudatory terms) and her mistaken and unsubstantiated claim of the killer being acquainted with Leiby lead me to question the accuracy of your reporter.

 

Baseless Hatred

08/02/2011

Shomrim under scrutiny? Only by the increasingly anti-Orthodox Jewish Week. Indeed, it was vulgar for The Jewish Week to attack the Borough Park community as they were sitting shiva for a murdered 8-year-old (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22).

Defining Peace Parameters

08/02/2011

In his letter to The Jewish Week (“Koch Off Base,” July 29), Richard H. Schwartz comments: “Like most U.S Jews and many Israeli and security experts, Obama recognizes that a just, sustainable, comprehensive two-state solution is essential in order for Israel to avoid another intifada...”

Speed Up Ethiopian Aliyah

08/02/2011

I read with great interest Jane Alpert’s moving article on her experience visiting the Jewish community remaining in Ethiopia (“Family Journeys, Opinion, July 29).

Multiculturalism And The Lessons From Norway

08/02/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

When Anders Behring Breivik targeted a main government building and a youth camp for the country’s Labor Party last week — two outposts of tolerance and multiculturalism — he forced Europeans to confront an unbearable question: Seventy years after the Holocaust, why do racial and religious extremists continue to haunt Europe? For the most part the problem is not anti-Semitism — although that exists, too, most markedly in France and pockets of Eastern Europe, and it is often tied to anti-Zionism.

Michael Galchinsky
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