Engaging Intermarrieds Is Not a Zero-sum GameOpinion writers Jack Wertheimer and Steve Bayme mount a strong attack on the proponents of outreach to the intermarried and the programs they sponsor (“Real Realism on Intermarriage,” September 9). In effect, their position is that the only way to be sure that the children of
Majority Back OutreachOur organization is attacked — or complimented — as “the most pro-outreach organization on the communal map” in a September 9 opinion article by two members of the Jewish In-Marriage Initiative, Jack Wertheimer and Steven Bayme (“Real Realism on Intermarriage”).We who are working on the ground, outside the ivory
Faith and FaithfulnessI applaud the moral content of David Klinghoffer’s recent column on adultery (“Bigger Than Brad and Jen,” September 2). But Klinghoffer’s real argument, that only mighty religious commands can deter infidelity while weak secular ethics actually encourage it, is absurd.Actually, only thanks to secular ethics can anyone
Are Mainline Churches With Us or Against Us?David Elcott correctly exposes the divide between anti-Israel Protestant radicals and the majority of mainline Christians, who are committed to fairness and realism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (“Divest Anti-Israel Prejudice From Churches” August 26). We should follow this point to its logical
Trans people and Jews are known better as ideas than as people.
Fixated on Ghosts, Overlooking the LivingJo-Ann Mort’s August 12 “Letter From Berlin” is a perfect example of how some view the glass as half empty while others see it as half full (“Waves of Emptiness Mark History in German Capital”). I, too, was in Berlin recently. As the daughter of a Viennese man who had to flee his
Attack on Evolution Is Dressed-up CreationismI was very disturbed by David Klinghoffer’s attack on science in his August 12 opinion column (“Toward Theological Evolution”). He advocates that “Intelligent Design” — the idea that it is not possible to find naturalistic explanations for some traits in living things — should be
Berg the First Ballplayer To Be Big in Japan?A July 29 article on the return of Gabe Kapler to the Boston Red Sox reports that Moe Berg is thought to have been the first Jewish ballplayer “to set up shop in Japan” (“Batter Back in Boston”).Berg did play in Japan in the 1930s, but it was as part of a touring team of American all-stars
Rabbi a Model SoldierA July 1 article on the appointment of Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff to serve as an advisor to the Air Force as it responds to problems at the Air Force Academy is written to the point, but doesn’t do full justice to the individual (“Air Force Taps Rabbi To Aid on Academy Religious Flap”).I met Resnicoff when he was Sixth Fleet
Reform Movement: Scalia Beyond the Pale A July 15 article reports that the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism “considers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — the conservative judge that President Bush indicated is a presumptive mold for future nominees — as being well within the judicial mainstream” (“Jewish Groups Backing Away From Talk of Opposing Court Pick”). The article also quotes me as saying that “Justice Scalia, who opposes abortion rights and is far to the right of Jewish organizations on most church-state issues, ‘fits that category of someone who is really not that extreme.’”
Ignore Shoah Deniers I take issue with a July 8 article on the Institute for Historical Review (“Holocaust Revisionists Take On Mideast Policy”), not because it was poor reporting but because printing it displayed irresponsible journalism.
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