Editorial & Opinion

How Obama Can Assure Israelis

07/05/2011
Editorial

We are pleased to see the report this week that President Obama plans to visit Israel. It’s about time.

According to The Jerusalem Post, U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham told Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin that the president “wants to visit Israel and will do so.”

No date was mentioned, but the ambassador said the trip is on the president’s agenda.

Some say the trip is being timed to pressure the Palestinians not to push for a United

Baby Steps Toward Arab-Jewish Cooperation

Two mayors in the north, looking for a grass-roots connection.

07/05/2011
Editor And Publisher

‘Even if there is peace between Israel and the Arabs, it will not solve our problems,” Nazia Masrawa, the mayor of an Arab Israeli town in the north called Kfar Qara (population 17,000), told me in a soft, matter-of-fact voice during a recent interview here.

He cited the lack of interaction between Arabs and Jews living in close proximity, based on fear and distrust, and the economic gap between the societies that has widened since the first intifada almost 24 years ago.

Gary Rosenblatt

Win Win

07/05/2011

How do you win? Is it the patient accumulation of small advantages or the masterstroke? Singles or a home run? The daily performance of mitzvot or a last, heroic gesture that redeems a life?

Having It Both Ways

07/05/2011

Your June 17 editorial, “Misguided Statehood Push,” wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, you commend the Obama administration for its “productive efforts to blunt the thrust of the Palestinian campaign” to have Palestine recognized as a sovereign state by the United Nations during the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.

Circumcision Still In Vogue

07/05/2011

I was very perplexed about Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz’s Opinion piece, “Circumcision Is Out Of Vogue: An Orthodox Rabbi Agrees” (July 1). In the article, Rabbi Steinmetz states: “But increasingly I’ve come to realize that circumcision is incompatible with the times, as is much of Judaism.” This is the opinion of a “Modern Orthodox rabbi,” a spiritual leader? I was always taught the beauty of the Torah and hence Judaism is that it is timeless.

Great Tribute

07/05/2011

As Massad alumni, my husband and I attended the recent reunion (“Recalling The Golden Age Of Hebrew Culture In America,” July 1).

Massad Reunion

07/05/2011

In Jerome Chanes’s article about the Camp Massad Reunion (“Recalling The Golden Age Of Hebrew Culture In America,” July 1), he talks about a world that is lost and that we Camp Massad alumni mourn. How true and sad.

I hope as an alumnus that present-day Jewish camps will learn and imitate what we learned from Camp Massad. What we learned is Jewish unity, tolerance for our fellow Jews and a love for Eretz and Medinat Yisrael, the land and state of Israel. For all the talk that I hear in synagogues about Jewish unity, we at Massad practiced it.

 

Words Do Matter

07/05/2011

In reference to Francine Klagsbrun’s Opinion piece (“Especially On Mideast, Words Do Matter,” June 10), she is, of course, correct that words do matter, but regrettably has misjudged its application in the case of “mutually agreed swaps.” A core issue that seems to escape her is simply that nations have interests. Furthermore, Israel is the only country in the world that is under constant siege and has been so since its inception.

Bibi Vs. Obama On ’67 Borders

07/05/2011

Francine Klagsbrun’s argument in her Opinion piece (“Especially On Mideast Issues, Words Do Matter,” June 10) is similar to the words of Jewish leaders in Germany in 1934. They also believed that it was in the best interest of the Jewish population to work with the new Nazi leadership. In April of 1934 the German government passed the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service. This law prevented Jews from having employment in the German government. This was the beginning of the end for Jews in Europe under the Nazis.

Texting And The Haredim

07/05/2011

For the record, I was the “PJS” whose comment at the Kavannah blog was quoted in The Jewish Week article (“For Many Orthodox Teens, ‘Half Shabbos’ Is A Way Of Life,” June 24).

Most of the subsequent flurry of comment all round the blogosphere (strange, because this issue is a year old) identified this as a typical incident demonstrating the failing of “Modern Orthodoxy.”

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