‘What do you think of the Jill Abramson firing?” my dentist asked as she pressed a long scary needle into my gum to numb the tooth she was about to drill. “Ouch!” I cried, from the instant pain of the needle — and the lingering pain of the firing.
A Jew may have a strong sense of Jewish identity, but without knowledge, that identity is a house without a foundation.
Abi Dauber Sterne
Special To The Jewish Week
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I believe in pluralism. But, when it comes to Jewish knowledge, I also believe in the fundamentals.
Columbia University has a core curriculum. Educated Americans recognize “Four score and seven years ago,” and understand cultural-historical references such as “the answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind.”
The concept of the “Evil Eye,” discussed in Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “The Power And Pitfalls of Superstation” (May 16) is not a bubbe meise ITAL but founded in Biblical sources. For example, in parsha Vayechi (Bereishit /Genesis
48:16), Jacob bestows upon his grandsons Ephraim and Menassah the blessing: “May they proliferate abundantly like fish within the land.”
Stewart Ain’s disturbing cover story on the findings of the ADL global poll (“World Anti-Semitism Seen As ‘Pervasive’ And ‘Persistent,’” May 16) revealed that the most widely accepted stereotype was the canard of dual loyalty (acknowledged by 41 percent of those surveyed). Permit me to share with your readers my two favorite retorts to the dual loyalty charge:
Regarding Walter Ruby’s article, (“Civil War In Little Odessa,” May 30): The Russian American Foundation (RAF) promotes awareness and tolerance of New York City’s Russian-speaking communities, inclusive of all its diverse groups; Jewish, non-Jewish, Ukrainian, Russian, Bukharian and others.
Helen Chernikoff’s report about assisted reproductive technologies (“Their Foremothers’ Daughters,” HealthCare, May 9) was not only inaccurate, it was shameful. She opens her piece with concerns about eugenics — as if in vitro fertilization (IVF) today has anything to do with creating “enhanced human beings” — and quickly invokes the Holocaust, casting a pall on modern fertility treatments that continues throughout her article.
We are disheartened by the article headlined “The Shoah’s Lessons, Near and Far” (May 23). The article misstates facts about The Anne Frank Center, an organization devoted to preserving and promulgating Anne’s legacy and diary and its applicability in teaching not only the horrors of the Holocaust, but a broader message, as well.
The Israeli government is understandably upset with Washington’s decision to deal with the newly announced unity government formed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The anger and frustration is based on Jerusalem’s leaders being taken by surprise by the move and because the U.S. could have and should have based its acceptance on Hamas reforming itself.
We are proud to present the seventh annual edition of 36 Under 36 this week, with the State of Israel Bonds as sponsor in recognizing the importance of highlighting the creativity, commitment and accomplishments of the next generation of American Jewish trendsetters.
Virgil’s Dido declares, “I have known sorrow — and learned to help the sad.” In that simple declaration is much of the secret of human wisdom. Our own experience should move through an internal sifting process of learning and growth, and school us into a means for helping others.
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