Why, J.J. Goldberg wonders, are critics attacking him for holding dangerous anti-Israel opinions when all he’s done is quote mainstream Israeli defense sources?
A new study of the Diaspora shows serious concern over Israel’s self-proclaimed ‘Jewish democracy,’ J.J. Goldberg writes. It also finds worries over the power of the Orthodox rabbinate.
Let me begin by saying that I have great respect for The Jewish Journal, a smart Los Angeles-based newspaper and website. The Forward is part of the Journal’s new iPad app, the first in the Jewish world. And nobody covers Jewish Hollywood better.
The Israeli Presidential Conference, Shimon Peres’s vanity international blabfest, continues today with a series of panel discussions on the woes of the global economy and the future of the Jewish people. I don’t think we’ve solved the world’s economic problems, but there have been a few bombshells dropped into the field of Jewish identity.
Now that we’ve all had a couple of days to enjoy the prospect of a sunny 2011, it’s time to get back to the worrying. In that spirit, here’s a thought to start us off: Some of Israel’s staunchest supporters in the American media are beginning to wonder openly how much longer they’ll be able to support the Jewish state.
On September 7, the online magazine Slate published an article titled “Will the Great American Rabbi Please Stand Up?” which argued that, in the words of its author, Shmuel Rosner, “great American rabbis seem to be a thing of the past.” Indeed, the article surmises that “Jewish America seems to have lost its chance to foster home-grown rabbinical sages.” We were curious just how many people would agree with Rosner’s assessment of the state of Jewish America today. The Forward asked rabbis, authors and scholars to weigh in on the article. Here’s what some of them had to say:
From Republicans to Democrats and Aipac to JStreet almost everybody in the American political mainstream says they’re “pro-Israel” nowadays. Heck, if you define pro-Israel as supporting Israel’s right to exist, even Jimmy Carter and Walt and Mearsheimer would qualify. That’s why Ha’aretz’s Shmuel Rosner wants to ” dump the term.”
Ha’aretz’s U.S. correspondent Shmuel Rosner uses Passover as an opportunity to explain the contentious intercommunal debate over intermarriage to readers of the online magazine Slate.
Shmuel Rosner, correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, is hosting an online conversation this week with the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, Ira Forman.