Student Mag Doesn’t Shy From Tough Issues
I am writing to express my disappointment at the Solelim Fund’s decision to reduce funding to New Voices magazine (“Student Magazine’s Funding Cut,” October 20).
I applaud your October 20 editorial, “Human Rights in Wartime.” You correctly emphasized the greatest concern about the Military Commissions Act of 2006 — its permanence. This war can only end when a future president declares victory and says it’s over, since there can never be a surrender or some other point of closure to the war. In addition, it’s reasonable to assume the act will not be repealed until such a declaration of victory occurs. Therefore, the act gives President Bush and future presidents unchecked power, in essence, forever. That should be a sobering thought for anyone who seriously contemplates this act that was rushed into law during this election season. Sobering and troubling.
In the Beginning… BOOM!
Howard Smith’s interesting article “In the Beginning, 13.73 Billion Years Ago” (Forward, October 13) argues that science and religion should be partners rather than adversaries. Some decades ago, I heard of a group of professionals who put this into ritual practice. At the Simchat Torah readings of the Creation, after the completion of each day, they called out “BOOM!” in honor of the Big Bang. I would be curious to know if this custom has spread.
Scholar No Amateur In a September 22 arts article, Gal Beckerman pays lip service to my book, “Roosevelt and the Holocaust: A Rooseveltian Examines the Policies and Remembers the Times,” casually mentioning it in a few sentences and essentially quoting an article from Publishers Weekly (“Reassessing FDR’s Legacy”). At least the reviewer at Publishers Weekly had the diligence and professionalism to read my book.
When it comes to women posing with firearms, the United States is fully loaded.
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
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