Tough Act to Follow

The scramble to fill the shoes of Sen. Barbara Mikulski is on (“Raise Hell Instead of Money: Mikulski announces her last term in Senate,” March 6). I hope that whoever succeeds her will continue to embody the principles that have been the hallmark of her career. While remaining firmly committed to liberal ideals in the… Read More

Wiesel No Icon, Part I

Like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, memoirist and Holocaust performance artist Elie Wiesel is a one-trick pony. In the case of the former, the forte is municipal crisis management; the latter, the legacy of the Shoah. But Giuliani no more owns 9/11 than Wiesel does the Shoah. And when they venture outside their… Read More

Wiesel No Icon, Part II

It has to be said, and if no one else seems willing to do so, let it be me: “Icon” Elie Wiesel is one of the few individuals of whom it can be stated without the slightest fear of contradiction that he personally, professionally and financially profited from the Holocaust (“Icon Makes Political Statement,” Feb…. Read More

Obama, Take Notice

Contrary to President Barak Obama’s understanding, there was something very new in Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before Congress: honesty, strength, remarkable courage, overwhelming love for his country and an iron determination to defend it (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Pray for such a man for our own country.

Hamantaschen: Made from Scratch

What is this “change of pace” with new flavors for hamantaschen (“Change of Pace,” Feb. 27)? Is this because we are tired of eating homemade hamantaschen all year? My mother did not have white chocolate chips, espresso or Nutella in her pantry. She simply prepared her made-from-scratch poppy-seed filling in one bowl, placed the filling… Read More

God’s Punishment

For American Jews who believe in Divine Providence, the message — i.e., the timing — of the unusual Purim (March 5) snowfall in the Baltimore-Washington area is transparent. It was heavenly punishment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meretricious and overweening address to the U.S. Congress (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Put another way, one… Read More

Let’s Dialogue

Please consider including your non-JT writers’ email addresses after their names at the end of articles. I realize this may involve getting their permission, but other publications do this, and I think it would be beneficial both to your readers and your publication. For example, I would like to email Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb to… Read More

The Real Wiesel

Three observations about the JT’s Feb. 27 editorial, “Icon Makes Political Statement.” Note that Eli Wiesel’s full-page ad supporting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu’s planned speech to Congress that appeared in both The Washington Post and The New York Times was produced and paid for by Shmuley Boteach — the very same Sheldon Adelson-funded reality… Read More

DFI Keeps the Ball Rolling

Marc Shapiro in his insightful Feb. 20 cover story, “Congregational Evolution,” highlighted The Associated’s efforts in working with three pilot congregations, thanks to a grant from the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation. This grant has allowed us to select, through an application process, three additional congregations, Beth Israel, Beth El and Chizuk Amuno, to work on engaging… Read More

Obama Has Done His Fair Share

I am mystified by the JT’s editorial, “Obama’s Word About Israel” (Jan. 30), in which you stated, “It may well be that, unlike his recent predecessors, [President Barack] Obama will not attempt to make an Israeli-Palestinian accord his legacy.” On his second day in office, Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell, who had brokered the… Read More