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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

Engage

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