I am proud to say that my Zaidy, now-retired Maj. Joseph Daina, and my great Zaidy, Lt. Col. Max Daina, were both Orthodox and were the only father-son active duty Jewish chaplains in the history of the U.S. army. They both followed the U.S. Army regulations and did not keep beards while serving during long careers in the army (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Shave,” Dec. 31).
James Besser reports on Pales
tinian efforts to gain international support for statehood while bypassing negotiations with Israel (“Statehood Gambit By Palestinians Seen Serious,” Dec. 24). Both his analysis and the editorial on this subject (“The Unilateral Dead End”) mostly blame the Palestinians for not engaging forthrightly with an Israeli government that has welcomed direct talks.
In Allison Good’s Opinion piece, “American and Israeli Students: A Missed Opportunity” (Dec. 31), she cites Spring in Jerusalem as one of the programs that succeeds in connecting American students who are studying abroad in Israel with Israeli students. A joint project of Harvard University and Hebrew University, Spring in Jerusalem is the first of many immersive study abroad programs in which Masa Israel Journey has recently invested.
Your article, “Appetite For Protest At Flaum” (Dec. 17), highlights a number of ongoing labor disputes between Flaum Appetizing Corporation, its owner Moshe Grunhut and his former employees.
As members of the Flaum family and as former owners of Flaum’s Appetizers, we wish to emphasize that effective March 18, 1987, some 23 years ago, Flaum’s Appetizing at 40 Lee Ave. in Brooklyn was sold outright to its present owners, who took over all managerial and financial responsibility for the enterprise.
We applaud Stewart Ain and The Jewish Week for shining a spotlight on the needs of Holocaust victims (“Fla. Survivors Caught in Cruel Funding Irony,” Dec. 31). The Claims Conference, of course, knows better than anyone the extent of this growing need, in Florida and indeed throughout the world.
If 2000-2010 was the decade of delegitimization, when Palestinian attacks on Israel’s existence gained renewed traction, 2010 was the year of delegitimization-lite.
More and more Jews responded to the relentless criticism of Israel by internalizing it.
True, most rejected the radical caricature of Israel as a racist or apartheid state deserving destruction. But absorbing the anti-Israel poison in the atmosphere, increasing numbers, especially among liberal Jewish elites, attacked Israel as fundamentally broken, caricaturing Zionism as a right-wing enterprise.
Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthdays we recall next week, shared far more than the political partnership on behalf of civil rights immortalized in the iconic 1965 photograph of them marching side by side in Selma, Ala. Their biographies show astonishing parallels. Their theologies of prophecy and providence were closely allied. And the self-images they bore as religious and societal leaders were remarkably similar.