I know of many descriptions of the Jewish people: talented, beleaguered, stiff-necked, enduring — but rarely “joyous.” Most people don’t say — “Jews, now there is a happy people!” Our holidays reinforce this. On Pesach we celebrate leaving slavery — to go to a desert. On Purim we rejoice because we were not killed. Not exactly gleeful.
Thanks to Gary Rosenblatt for another beautiful, personal piece, this one related to the Pidyon HaBen of his newest grandchild (“New Grandchild, Ancient Ritual,” March 2).
I was actually married with children of my own before I attended my first Pidyon HaBen and it was replete with the silver tray and jewelry around the baby. I recall being amazed with the entire process.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.