Editorial & Opinion

Hearings Un-American?


Having followed Rep. Peter King’s distinguished congressional service, I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with Jewish critics who would categorize his committee’s hearings on domestic Islamic terrorism as un-American or McCarthy-like (“Are Peter King’s Hearings Un-American?” Feb. 18).

It is naïve and shortsighted for Jewish clergy, of all people, to ignore or liberally whitewash the clear and present danger facing America and the Jewish community in particular from Islamic fanaticism.

Tough Love Needed


The many views expressed from the left to the right as to what the current “unrest in the Middle East” means for Israeli-Palestinian peace omit the most important lesson to be learned (again) about the region: The status quo that is comfortable one day can be upended the next (“Mideast Unrest Hardening Positions In Community,” Feb. 18).

Recent (Turkey) and older (Iran) events in the Middle East should also show Israel that allies can pull away or even become antagonists.

All In The Family


As someone who often finds himself identifying with a conservative point of view on both social and political issues, I want to support John Ruskay’s Opinion piece, “Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent” (Feb. 18). I have been living in Israel for several months each year, beginning six years ago, and I read “religiously” both the left-wing Haaretz and the centrist Jerusalem Post every day. I often find this a painful process, given the opposing positions one finds daily in each paper.

Kudos To Ruskay


Once again, John Ruskay has demonstrated that he is not only an extraordinarily effective organizational leader, but a profound and courageous thinker (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Opinion, Feb. 18). The stridency that he points to, that unwillingness to hear those who disagree with us, characterizes not only discourse about Israel in America, but Israeli discourse about the future of the Jewish state as well.

Limits And Obligations


While I have great respect for John Ruskay as a communal leader, I have concerns with his suggestion that “a big tent” is what is needed to combat anti-Israel actions (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Feb. 18).

The question not addressed is “are there any limits?” We all recognize that everyone is entitled to his or her own view. However, when we speak of Jewish organizations that represent

Courageous Leadership


John Ruskay’s Opinion piece (“Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent,” Feb. 18) demonstrates the kind of thoughtful and courageous leadership so sorely needed in the Jewish community.

Discerning The Boundaries


I strongly agree with John Ruskay’s spirited call for maintaining a “big tent” of Jewish opinion on Israel that can hold the line against those who would question our very right to live as a free people in our own democratic Jewish state (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Opinion, Feb. 18).

Israel Can Help Egypt, After Peace With PA

Special To The Jewish Week

After Egypt’s wondrous revolution the Middle East will never be the same again. Egypt is so large and so consequential that such profound political change there is bound to impact everything, including the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Is it a threat to peacemaking or an opportunity?

Who We Are In 2011: A Big-Tent Census Count

Special To The Jewish Week

Since the tragic shootings in Tucson, there has been considerable conversation about Rep. Gabriele Giffords’ status as a Jew. Giffords, who has identified strongly as a Jew, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother. Her choice to consider herself Jewish represents just one of the various ways that individuals now opt in.

In The Desert Under Clouds And Fire


Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat Candles: 5:31 p.m.
Torah: Ex. 38:21-40:38; Ex. 30:11-16
Haftarah: II Kings 12:17-13:17
Havdalah: 6:31 p.m.


“And the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Sanctuary. And Moses was unable to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it.” [Exodus 40: 34,35]


What is the significance of the symbol of the cloud, and its twin symbol, fire?

Shlomo Riskin
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