The Jewish Week reported last month on an initiative called iREP, created by the Jewish Federations of North America, to “limit or end Orthodox control of personal-status issues such as marriage, divorce, conversion and burial,” beginning with support for civil marriage in Israel.
How will I die? What (if anything) happens to me (if there even still is a “me”) next? How will my death impact those I leave behind? The Talmud asks these questions in response to the death of Miriam and Aaron, part of this week’s sedra.
Having participated in the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet The Authors” program several years ago, I thank Gary Rosenblatt for bringing back fond memories of an event once described as “The Gong Show” for Jewish writers (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6).
“Love Me, Love My Book,” Gary Rosenblatt’s column (June 6), brought back wistful memories of my two-minute-presentation last year at the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet the Authors” event on behalf of my book “Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived.”
I was one of the authors who spoke at the same session of the Jewish Book Council “Meet The Authors” program as Gary Rosenblatt (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6). In contrast to his relaxed and truly funny presentation, mine included a pretty terrifying Rick Perry moment. Just lost it for what seemed like an age. But I finished in time, so the silence couldn’t have lasted that long (I hope).
Regarding “UJA-Federation Makes Big Day School Push” (June 13), if they don’t put the money in day schools, they might as well blow it in Vegas.
Without primary school Jewish education, we’ll be extinct in 100 years.
In response to “Federations May Advance Efforts To Promote Israeli Civil Marriage” (May 30), I wish to comment on the push for civil marriage in Israel. Are these federations so bored that they have to impose themselves on an Israeli — not an American — problem?
Sid Schwarz worries about the tragic loss of Jewish identity, acknowledging that commemoration of the Holocaust and pride in the State of Israel is simply not enough reason to get Jews serious about actually living a Jewish life (“Can Zionism Be The Answer?” Opinion, June 6).
While an anxious Israeli society awaited word on the fate of three kidnapped teenagers this week, the government in Jerusalem talked tough but was constrained by the realities of the situation. And the terror group Hamas appears protected by a thin, artificial veneer of diplomatic respectability.
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