How should the American people treat a population which only has a marginal economic impact yet still manages to stimulate job growth and consumption in the country? The presumed answer is sadly far from the reality of how America behaves towards “illegal immigrants.”
There is a narrative that Yeshiva University has shifted to the right, religiously-speaking. I attended the recent leadership retreat sponsored by YU’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), an annual get-together in Orlando, FL at the ChampionsGate resort, where I encountered a whole other face of the Yeshiva and University that demonstrates how that perception is incorrect.
Reading news reports this summer about the breakdown of talks, and trust, between our nation’s leaders over the debt ceiling has been deeply depressing but not surprising.
It’s just one example, however dramatic, of the chasm between public pledges made and kept.
We have become so used to government officials in Jerusalem as well as Washington making empty promises that we no longer register shock or disappointment when their actions contradict their previous assurances, where “word of honor” has no meaning.
‘I shall not die but live and recount the deeds of God.” So reads Psalm 118. Is it redundant? Obviously if one does not die, one lives. Yet life is not living; people die while still alive. The point is not simply to draw breath, but to live. Stephen Vincent Benet wrote: “Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”
The civilized world shared revulsion at the mass murders in Norway committed by Anders Behring Breivik. It is certainly natural to wonder why anyone would commit such a horrific act, and whether the killer acted alone or was an agent for others.
Reports have suggested that Breivik was, among other things, both neo-Nazi and pro-Israel. That incongruity ought to have been a red light to speculators that his was a confused mind, with too many demons for anyone to quickly decipher.
I feel the searing pain of the recent fire at the Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (KJ) in an unusual number of ways (“Catastrophe, But Not A Tragedy,” July 15). The original Rabbi M. Z. Ramaz Margolies, of blessed memory, was born in the Lithuanian town of Meretz, as was one of his most prominent supporters at the KJ, Harry Fischel, of blessed memory, the once world-famous philanthropist, my late great-grandfather, (whose Hebrew name I bear with appreciation).
Regarding “Chewing On Jewish Decline” (July 8): for The Jewish Week, the real measure of Jewish life is bagels? Your July 1 front-page contained a similar example of distorted priorities — “freedom” for a Russian immigrant was gay marriage (but no comment from the rest of the Russian community). Still another example is the specialty of Associate Editor Julie Wiener: intermarriage.
Former Mayor Ed Koch’s suggestion that Jews should vote against Democratic candidate David Weprin in order to protest President Barack Obama’s policies on Israel is ridiculous on a number of counts (“Battle Is On To Succeed Weiner,” July 15).