People over property … always

The wisdom of our precious Torah sages always bears repeating. With reference to the safety and welfare of the State of Israel and its inhabitants, the apparent choice is between the hawkish territorialism and revanchist, one-state pro-settler agenda of Marc Caroff and the Zionist Organization of America (Your Say, April 11) and the courageous and… Read More

Fighting a language barrier

In Avi Rudolph’s column “American Jewry must reclaim Hebrew” (April 25), the key word is “American.” Joke: What do you call someone who knows multiple languages? A multilingual; What do you call someone who knows two languages? A bilingual; What do you call someone who knows only one language? An American. Joke: An American is… Read More

Give Levinson his due

I enjoyed reading the article about Paul Reiser (“Still Funny After All These Years,” April 25), and I look forward to seeing and hopefully meeting him at BHC’s Night of the Stars. However, having gone to school with film director Barry Levinson and having followed his climb to fame, I respectfully point out that “Diner”… Read More

For Jews, a Russian threat

When confronted by a foreign crisis, my first concern is whether it is better or worse for Jews in the region (“Compromise of sorts in Ukraine,” April 25). Certainly, while troubling, the unprovoked action of Russia in seizing the Crimea did not directly affect the Jewish population of that area, instead fulfilling an anticipated long-term… Read More

People, Not Territory, of Vital Importance

The wisdom of our precious Torah sages always bears repeating. With reference to the safety and welfare of the State of Israel and its inhabitants, the apparent choice is between the hawkish territorialism and revanchist one-state, pro-settler agenda of Marc Caroff and the Zionist Organization of America (Your Say, April 11) and the courageous and… Read More

Extreme View vs. Extreme View

I don’t get it. The BDS movement’s vision is that of a single binational state as the proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem. Which is exactly what the ZOA has in mind (Your Say, April 11). Rapscallion extremes meet and galvanize one other. Too bad the rest of us get stuck in the crossfire of… Read More

Bravo to the Bald

We at Har Sinai Congregation are enormously proud of our rabbi, Rabbi Benjamin Sharff (“Bald is Beautiful,” April 11). His participation in this effort was born out of love and compassion, not only for the Sommer family as they grieve for their son, “Superman Sam,” but also for all victims of childhood cancers. If any… Read More

Adelson Not the Problem

While there may be legislation passed to reduce the influence of individual givers to political campaigns, the use of intermediates, both individuals and organizations, will circumvent these restrictions (“A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4). But I am more comfortable with the contributions of Sheldon Adelson, who is devoted to supporting candidates concerned about the… Read More

Las Vegas? Really?

I congratulate the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on its  choice of venue for its recent annual get-together (“What happens in Vegas,”  “A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4). After all, what U.S. city resonates better with Torah and rabbinic values such as mitzvot (commandments), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tzedaka (charity), but especially… Read More

My Dear Friend, Len

After reading the beautiful words of Barbara Bloom in the JT about her late husband, Leonard Bloom, I had to add a tribute to my friend. Len and I had been friends for more than 70 years. We grew up in the same neighborhood at North Avenue and Payson Street and began a friendship that… Read More