Adolf Eichmann

Relying On Jews to Do The Right Thing Is Hardly The Same As Beseeching

Dear Ms. Eisner:

Thanks for the attention by the Forward to my column about the Times review of the Eichmann exhibit. I appreciate it.

There is however one factual error that I would appreciate your correcting. You write “he ends his piece by beseeching his readers to cancel their Times subscriptions.”

In fact nowhere did I “beseech” anyone to cancel anything. I wrote, “The exhibit the Times reviews is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan through December 22; feel free to use the money you save by canceling your Times subscription to go buy a ticket and see it.”

My online dictionary defines “beseech” as “ask (someone) urgently and fervently to do something; implore; entreat.” I just assumed that any rational Jew would cancel their Times subscription in response to this piece if he or she hadn’t already done so; no “beseeching” from me would be required. The “feel free” gentle suggestion about possible ways to reallocate the funds is about as comfortable as I usually am in urging readers to do anything, other than becoming paying members of the Algemeiner, the New York Sun, FutureOfCapitalism.com, or Smartertimes.com.

Please correct the story, as I wouldn’t want to allow the false impression to get around that I am beseeching my readers to cancel their Times subscriptions. No beseeching is necessary, as most of the readers are intelligent enough to make their own judgments on that sort of thing. Given the pernicious presence of the boycott, divest, sanctions movement, I myself want to be particularly cautious about urging people to express political views by desisting from commerce.

Ira Stoll

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Relying On Jews to Do The Right Thing Is Hardly The Same As Beseeching

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close