Editorial & Opinion

Kurtzer One-Sided

07/23/2013 - 20:00

When Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer embraces “advancing the peace process,” he means the same policy that has been the hallmark of the State Department for 46 years (“As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks,” July 12). Never mind that it has failed on each occasion.

Equal Obligations

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Gerald Steinberg, in his Opinion piece, “Beyond Tikkun Olam” (July 19), completely misrepresents Hillel’s famous dictum. Hillel said “If I
am not for me who will be for me and (italics) if I am only for me, what am I?” He
does not, as Steinberg says, enjoin us “first to be for ourselves, and then, with our security and survival in hand, to expand our commitment to people
who are outside the fold in need of assistance.” The two obligations are

Steinberg’s False Choice

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Contrary to Gerald M. Steinberg’s caricature, the American Jewish community
does not criticize Israel simply out of a naïve obsession with
humanitarianism (“Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha b’Av,” Opinion, 
July 19).

Describing Or Labeling?

07/23/2013 - 20:00

 I noted in the July 19 issue the use of the term “fervently Orthodox” not only in Joshua Mitnick’s article “For Haredi Soldiers, War On The Home Front,” but also in the letter to the editor by Janine Muller Sherr (the latter quite possibly added in brackets by the editorial staff after submission).

Reaching American Youth

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for his timely and thoughtful interview with Israeli Consul General Ado Aharoni, who puts forth eloquently the need for expanding the numbers of American youth beyond the “small circle of pro-Israel advocates who can be effective in making Israel’s case” (“We’re Changing The Conversation About Israel,” July 12).

As chairman of the board of the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL), founded in 1971 to win friends and support for Israel, I heartily concur with Aharoni, a tireless champion of the Jewish people, in his campaign to attract the young and enlarge the scope of the Israeli dialogue to include a focus on the considerable achievements of Israelis in multiple areas.

Avoiding The Problem

07/23/2013 - 20:00

In your interview with Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni (“We’re Changing The
Conversation About Israel,” July 12), he suggests that teaching college students
about Israel’s leadership in science, medicine and technology is the “magic
bullet” to improving Israel’s public image on campus. Such a suggestion is
vastly divorced from the reality facing Jewish college students.

A Blow To ‘The Hebrew Hammer’

07/23/2013 - 20:00

The news that Ryan Braun, the star Milwaukee Brewers outfielder who won the National League Most Valuable Player award last year, has been suspended for the rest of the season for violating baseball’s drug policy, is disappointing for baseball fans everywhere. Perhaps more so for those who embraced him as “The Hebrew Hammer,” one of the finest Jewish players in the game in many years.

EU Actions: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Many American Jews, understandably, think of Israeli foreign relations as focused almost exclusively on the United States.

The Flaws That Beguile

07/23/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In his classic history of art, Ernest Gombrich offers a powerful insight into life while discussing Botticelli’s famous “Birth of Venus.” Botticelli deliberately misproportioned Venus, and Gombrich notes that the figure emerging from the half shell is more beautiful for her flaws: “the unnatural length of her neck, the steepfall of her shoulders...” The painter’s Venus is less correctly drawn than his predecessors, but his alterations “enhance the impression of an infinitely tender and delicate being.”

Rabbi David Wolpe

Israel Should Act Now

If two-state solution fails, no good options will remain.
07/23/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

My first response on learning of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of the “basis” for a resumption of peace talks between Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority was the old saw, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

Gary Rosenblatt
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