Editorial & Opinion

Foxman And Geller


It was grossly irrational for Anti-Defamation League national President Abraham Foxman to lump Pamela Geller with Patrick Buchanan and Rev. Louis Farrakhan (“Russell Simmons’ Blind Spot For Bigotry,” Opinion, March 16).

J Street Anti-Israel?


It pains me greatly to say this, but I believe that Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, is right and editor Gary Rosenblatt is wrong [regarding Klein’s statement that J Street is anti-Israel and Rosenblatt’s taking exception to that in his blog entry, “Don’t Call J Street ‘Anti-Israel’”].

Any organization that did the following is anti-Israel (as Rosenblatt does include in his entry): supported the Goldstone report; and called on the U.S. administration to veto a UN resolution condemning Israel.

Beinart Offers False Choice


Peter Beinart’s problem is that he uses a straw man to judge Israel — not reality (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23). He should compare Bibi Netanyahu with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Which country in the history of civilization continued to do business as usual during times of war as it did during times of peace? Has there ever been a society at war that did not alter the relationship between the state and the individual?

Boycott Boomerang


I was glad to see that Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and David Harris of the American Jewish Committee oppose Peter Beinart on boycotting products made in the West Bank (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

I would like to add that by promoting a boycott, all you create is unemployment among Palestinian workers who also work with Jewish Israelis in the West Bank. Anyone who visits the West Bank will see an interaction between Israelis and Palestinians on the economic front that favors the Arab population. It amazes me that Beinart can’t see that.

‘Settlements’ Not Key Issue


With all due respect to Peter Beinart and others like him who argue that the “settlements” are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the fact is that there were settlements when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat entered into an agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, when Jordan’s King Hussein entered into an agreement with Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and when PLO President Yasir Arafat entered into a series of agreements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — yes, that same Netanyahu (“Pushing Morality, A Victim O

On Bris Controversy


Dr. Gary Gelbfish presents the “medical facts” in the bris controversy (“In Debating Bris Controversy, Know The Medical Facts,” Opinion, March 16).

As an infectious-disease specialist in practice for almost 27 years, I can say that much of what was presented in the article was not “fact.” Many of the “facts” were omitted. Other “facts” do not have relevance to the present situation.

JW Review ‘Disservice’ To Readers

Special To The Jewish Week

Gary Rosenblatt thinks I’m a good guy but found my book, “The Crisis of Zionism,” frustrating. How appropriate, because I think he’s a good guy too, but thought his review did The Jewish Week’s readers a disservice.

Reviewers are supposed to analyze a book’s argument. Gary barely tries. He writes that “Beinart weakens his moral case by ignoring Israel’s security concerns.” Gary’s evidence for this assertion? He doesn’t offer any.

Peter Beinart

Dayenu: When Enough Is Not Enough

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:01 p.m.
Torah: Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24
Havdalah: 8:01 p.m.  

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

Guess Who’s Coming to Seder?

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Where are you going for seder?” “How many people are you having for seder?”

How often have we heard those words? And it’s no accident, that. But why limit ourselves to asking about who is coming in person? Why not ask who you wish could be at your seder this year, even if that is not physically possible?

Special To The Jewish Week

Is A Synagogue A Relic Of The Past?

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Many Jews today claim that they are “spiritual not religious,” that organized religion is not relevant, or that they would rather spend their free time alone than with others. Those who attend synagogue weekly often reserve the service, especially the sermon, for a special naptime. Others prefer a 20–person basement setting for a quick prayer service rather than a formal, large gathering at shul. Around two-thirds of Americans claim to be members of a house of worship, which is more than 25 percent higher than Jewish synagogue membership.

Rabbi Yanklowitz is founder and president of Uri L'Tzedek, director of Jewish life and senior Jewish educator at UCLA Hillel.
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