Question Off Target

Before the JT publishes a poll question it should do some  research to see if the question  is even relevant. Anyone who responded “yes” to the June 17 question, “Do you believe that either federal or state officials should ban the sale of assault weapons?” clearly is not versed on the facts of this issue…. Read More

Of Modesty, Handshakes

With regard to the comment if the JT’s June 17 editorial “Of Swiss Handshakes, Restricted Swimming,” comment that “many observant Jews will decline  a handshake from someone of the opposite sex out of modesty”: Modesty is an arbitrary, subjective criterion, lacking dispositive validity. Halachically, according to Rambam, only  libidinal physical contact between the sexes is… Read More

Strange Bedfellows

I simply do not understand the intensity of the current anti-Trump crusade as represented by the JT’s May 19 “Trump: No Way” letter of Ruben Moller. Sure, Trump’s “ideas are not really ideas, just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies” (Hillary Clinton); and he is “utterly amoral” (Ted Cruz); “a con… Read More

The Wrong West

In his Your Say letter of June 3 (“At Odds with Party”), Ben Mirman claims to be a “lifelong Democrat,” but he writes like a Trumpkin. How else to explain a tendency to believe that “they” are all the same? Contra Mirman, the individual named to the Democratic Platform Committee is Princeton academic and progressive… Read More

Shameful!

Mark Wilf and Todd Morgan’s June 3 From This View column (“Survivors’ Welfare Is Everyone’s Responsibility”) lacked perspective. It notes that “Jewish federations distributed $2.8 million in federal grants to assist programs for Holocaust survivors. Coupled with matching funds, the disbursement results in $4.5 million for survivor services.” Yet, reports in the media say that… Read More

At Odds with Party

The appointment of Jim Zogby, Colonel West and Keith Ellison to the Democratic Party Platform Committee is very troubling. Although purported to bring “balance” to the Democratic Party’s position on Israel and the Palestinians, both Zogby and West have in the past questioned Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish homeland and Jewish claims to… Read More

‘Seeds of Love’

Shirley J. Shafran (Jerri to all who know and love her) has relinquished the reins as  Congregation Kneseth Israel’s  pre-school director. Jerri is known for her laughter and giving hugs. She is as beloved by her staff as she is by the children. Her caring, friendship and boundless love for the children is evident by… Read More

Modesty Matters

Last week, I attended a conference at the Newseum in  Washington, D.C.  I and many of my colleagues approached the restrooms on our break only to find out that in  response to bathroom correctness, the Newseum had placed “Family” signs over the men’s and women’s restrooms and installed locks (“It Is Bigotry, Not Religious Freedom,”… Read More

Writer Off Target

In a JT Your Say letter (“On Closer Inspection,” May 20), Steve Weissman criticizes the David Samuels interview of Ben Rhodes, an adviser to President Barack Obama, in which Rhodes talks about misleading the nation regarding the negotiations with Iran. The interview was discussed  in a May 13 JT editorial,  “Misleading with Contempt.” The original… Read More

Trump: No Way!

During my recent trip to Israel laying to rest my beloved wife, may she rest in peace, many Israelis, as well as articles in The Jerusalem Post and in the JT, have expressed concern about Donald Trump becoming the next president of the United States. In essence, I told the Israelis that based on my… Read More