What Does Allen Teach Us? The Forward editorializes, “We’ve seen a steady stream of public figures — Madeleine Albright, John Kerry, Tom Stoppard — confronted as adults with the hidden truth of their origins, and forced to absorb it in the glare of public attention. Most respond with thoughtfulness and grace. [George] Allen responded with bluster and lies. That surely teaches us something” (“Curious, George,” September 22).
Eitam Was Wrong But So Were Gaza Expulsions A September 15 editorial terms Knesset member Effie Eitam’s call for the expulsion en masse of Palestinians from the West Bank as “lamentable” and a “mischievous assault on decency” (“Effie’s Choice”). I agree. Even Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the iconic nationalist Zionist, rejected the idea.
Jewish Life Booming In ‘Exurb’ of Irvine An August 25 article on Jewish life in suburban satellites of cities is quite deficient in regard to Irvine, Calif. (“‘Boom Burbs’ Filling Up on People, But Jewish Life Is Slow To Follow”). We’re proud to be one of the 10 fastest growing American cities, but we’re no longer just an “exurb” of Los Angeles. We’re part of a dynamic, constantly growing, metropolitan area of 3 million people in Orange County.
Include Federations As Philanthropic Partners
When well-regarded professionals like Jeffrey Solomon and Mark Charendoff suggest the power of philanthropic partnerships, we ought to listen carefully not only to what they say, but to what they don’t (“Harness the Potential of Philanthropic Partnerships,” July 14). They provide us with suggested
Hospitality Watchdog Is A Labor Union Spin-offIn a July 7 opinion article, Jerome Epstein, Carl Sheingold and David Saperstein write that the Informed Meetings Exchange, or Inmex, is an “independent organization that provides objective information on working conditions within the hospitality industry” (“Check Out Working Conditions
Confront Ignorance in Diaspora About Israel
Rabbi Eric Yoffie accurately observes in a July 7 opinion article that many Israeli leaders do not fully understand Diaspora Jewry (“Confront Ignorance of Diaspora Movements”). However, he ignores the corresponding lack of appreciation for the nuances of Israeli society by an American Jewry that does not speak Hebrew and in the
Be Proud of Wise Men’s Modernizing Influences Opinion columnist David Klinghoffer argues that Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Baruch Spinoza are “the individuals whose thoughts form the top three most lamentable cultural influences in modern times” (“Three Wise Men’s Unholy Influence,” June 30).We Jews, however, should be proud
WZO Is ReorganizingI recently returned from serving as a delegate to the World Zionist Congress, and wonder whether Hebrew University professor Gabriel Sheffer was actually at the event when he commented that “young people aren’t involved” in the World Zionist Organization (“Rabbi Boycotts President at Zionist Parley,” June 23).Their
Coalition With Latinos Is in Communal InterestOpinion writer Stephen Steinlight erroneously portrays the comprehensive immigration reform adopted by the Senate as a threat to Jews and contrary to Jewish values (“Open Borders Threaten Jewish Clout,” June 16). American Jews, despite being a small minority, have always exercised their
Investigate Abuses at Iowa Slaughterhouse A May 26 article on AgriProcessors and a subsequent rebuttal in the Jewish Press by lawyer Nathan Lewin make only one thing clear: A full, fair and unbiased investigation of the working conditions at the Postville, Iowa, plant is needed — and it is needed now (“In Iowa Meat Plant, Kosher
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