Mencken: Not Anti-Semitic

Although H.L. Mencken did not hold back on his criticism of Jews, his actions speak louder than his words (“Lecture Tackles Mencken’s Possible Anti-Semitism,” Sept. 4). At the time, in the late 1930s, he was one of the very few who spoke out in defense of Jews and criticized President Franklin Roosevelt for not doing… Read More

Rugelach: Dairy, yes!

The Sept. 18 article, “Rugelach Roundtable,” poses the question, “Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?” My answer is “Yes.  Now I know why I never selected rugelach from a kosher dessert table. A proper chef will always use real ingredients — butter and cottage cheese. He or she will never… Read More

Beth Tfiloh or Beth AIPAC?

Rabbinic huckster Shmuely Boteach — complete with his own bobblehead doll, available for purchase on his own website — self-brands as America’s rabbi. If that is the case, then localite Rabbi Mitch Wohlberg is AIPAC’s rabbi and Beth Tfiloh, the congregation which he serves, should be renamed Beth AIPAC (“Time for Action: AIPAC CEO addresses… Read More

With Zionism, Jews Need a History Lesson

Under the surface of your recent article about a Red Emma’s customer offended by the lack of Zionist books (“MICA Student Admonished for Pro-Israel Views at Coffee Shop,” Sept. 11), there are revealing insights into our community’s psychology. The incident itself seems to be more about this customer’s demand to educate unwilling coffee shop employees… Read More

Slap in the Face to NPT Nations

Saul Edelman’s comments in his Sept. 18 Your Say letter are simply ludicrous. As a grossly distorted parody of my Your Say words (“The Iran Deal: An Outrage, Insult”, Sept. 4), they are reprehensible. To set the record straight, approximately 190 nations, including Iran and the U.S., are party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation… Read More

Best Deal Possible? How Naive

I found Jay Bernstein’s “Iran: No Deal Is Better than Bad Deal” (Sept. 4) to be a rational, balanced view, and his conclusion to be the correct. Building on Bernstein’s column, I want to raise my concerns regarding the motives of those Democratic leaders supporting the deal. I believe that most Democratic Party leaders believe… Read More

J Street Shows its True Colors

If anyone had any doubts as to where J Street stands with regard to the Israeli-Arab or Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict, then the appointment of a Muslim advocate should dispel them (“Meet J Street U’s New Muslim President, Amna Farooqi,” Sept. 4).  Certainly, the presence of a Muslim leading a purported Jewish organization with an agenda… Read More

Jewish Dems: Wake Up!

So first there was our “great Israel supporter” Nancy Pelosi, who during the Obamacare vote, immediately supported it after saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Now, we have “great Israel supporter” Ben Cardin who just announced he will vote against the Iran Deal (It’s… Read More

‘Pillar of Stability’: Not Israel

Second verse, same as the first: The ZOA’s penchant for misinformation continues. Marc Caroff (Your Say, Sept. 4) makes a gantze tzimmus over the fact that “the present Iran deal makes a mockery of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” — a venerable document, he insists, that “almost every nation on earth is party… Read More

Dems Beware!

Feeling grateful for an act that a senator did more than 30 years ago and continuing to support her after taking our community for granted is not wise (“The Right Path,” Sept. 11).  At the time when Sen. Barbara Mikulski helped the Persian Jews come to the United States, it did not cost her any… Read More