It’s interesting the things you notice, but my first thought upon walking through the White House — my first-ever visit to the presidential residence —was how much smaller it really is in real life. Whether in depictions on the small or large screen or in the fanciful imaginations of children and adults alike, let’s face… Read More
In “Chanukah: Creating a Light That Will Be Meaningful” (Dec. 4), Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz emphasizes that “what interested [assimilated Jews] was the Greek gymnasium, the contemporary sports … .” This cult of the physical body epitomized what the Maccabees resisted, opposed and actively fought against. How ironic then — and hyper-assimilationist! — that in… Read More
You are very mistaken about Judge I. Marshall Seidler being the “County’s First Mensch on the Bench” (Dec. 4), and it is an insult and a lie to so state. Judge Marvin Land was appointed to the District Court in 1971, and Judge Paul Alpert was appointed to the District Court a year later.
I don’t know what the big fuss is concerning Donald Trump. During World War II, the American consul in Bern, Switzerland, Breckenridge Long, was an out-and-out anti-Semite who made every effort to keep Jews from entering the U.S. When the Evian Conference was called, nobody was willing to accept Jewish children; some survived, but others… Read More
In “The Chef with a Million Flavors,” (Nov. 27), Ben Rubin states that his success is due to his ability to redesign classic foods, “by waking up the palate to new tastes” and by “trying to bring a diversity of spices, textures and flavors to the traditional Chanukah celebration.” I suggest his efforts be placed… Read More
On Nov. 5, delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 73rd biennial convention unanimously adopted a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. It was a moment of great pride and celebration, tempered by the knowledge that just two days earlier — and reflecting how much work remains to be done to… Read More
Chanukah is the one holiday that is known to practically every Jew. It is also the only holiday that is not mentioned in the Bible. In the centuries just before the start of the Common Era, the ruling Greek empire pressured the Jews to assimilate into the Hellenistic world. A small group of Jews, truly… Read More
Last week’s daylong Republican Jewish Coalition-sponsored candidates’ forum generated a fair amount of interest and comment. While the “mainstream” Republican presidential candidates largely pitched their cases as expected, two of the current “leading” candidates did not. In the case of Donald Trump — who is now said to be leading his closest competitor by at… Read More
The JT’s “The Seen” (Nov. 27) kvelled over the presentation of the Presidential Medal of Honor to four Jews among the 17 awardees. As an afterthought, it also mentioned that the non-Jewish recipients included two baseball legends and two entertainers. Conspicuous by its absence was any reference to the honoree with the closest connection to… Read More
After reading “Kosher Kush” (Nov. 20), I must admit that the entire concept of kosher marijuana fascinates me. I’m certainly not an expert on kashrut or what would or would not make cannabis kosher in any form. But I am certain that it will most likely cost twice as much as its treyf counterpart.