Keep It Simple

I find, “The synagogue, residing at …” and “a kind of bricolage …” in the JT’s “Winands Road Synagogue Set to Close,” (Dec. 23) completely unwarranted since it is a person who resides, not a building, and bricolage is a word perhaps 1 percent of your readers may have ever seen before. Why do you… Read More

Obama Abstains on Israel

At the recent White House Chanukah parties — the last such affairs under the outgoing Obama administration — there were smiles and warm feelings all around between the president and American Jews. That was in keeping with the administration’s oft-repeated assertion that it is the most supportive of Israel in history. That the White House… Read More

Treating the Wounds of Aleppo

The Syrian city of Aleppo is 400 miles from the Israeli border. It is closer to Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon than it is to any hospital in Israel. That’s one reason why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last week that his government is looking into ways to bring thousands of Syrian civilians who were… Read More

Trump’s Man in Jerusalem

Donald Trump says he wants to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and in David Friedman, the president-elect has nominated an ambassador to Israel who reflects the belief that Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital — nothing more and nothing less. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who has for years represented Trump and his… Read More

Lighting the Season

One of the neat things about living in Israel was that for most of the country, Dec. 25 was just another day. Aside from the news coverage surrounding festivities in the Christian parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, we all went about our business. If it was Chanukah, we put our menorahs in our windows or… Read More

The Ballad of Julia Ioffe

Julia Ioffe is, by all accounts, a sharp and insightful journalist. If her name is familiar to you, that may be because she spent a good part of 2016 chained to the rise of Donald Trump. Her April GQ profile of Trump’s wife, Melania, led to a torrent of abuse and threats against the 34-year-old… Read More

Which Is the Greater Chanukah Miracle?

As we prepare for the festival of Chanukah, it behooves us to revisit the significance of the lights of the chanukiah, as well as the Al Hanissim and Hallel praises that mark our eight-day celebration. Based on the text of the prayer of Al Hanissim (literally, “for the miracles”), which appears in the thanksgiving blessing… Read More

Editors: Take Note

Just a friendly kvetch. I read the JT’s “Two Firsts for Area’s JNF Add Up to Exciting  Future” (Dec. 16), and the first paragraph is confusing because it doesn’t mention the “post” to which Orly Shalem was appointed. I had to read through to the sixth paragraph to learn that she is the new JNF… Read More

Civil Liberties at Risk

Several “Your Say” letters in the past few weeks have questioned the strength of the Democratic Party since Donald Trump’s presidential victory last month. The real situation is that the party racked up around three million more votes than Trump. Furthermore, Trump won with one of the lowest electoral totals. Trump’s strategy was to call… Read More

Saving a World by Changing Lives

Recently my wife, Lynda, and I participated in a World ORT mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. This opportunity to experience the work of this wonderful organization and its valuable educational network was as energizing as it was concerning, regarding the sustainability of Jewish life in Russia. Through a network of 17 schools in… Read More