A Legacy of Kindness, Generosity and Love Parshat Chayei Sarah

Ironically, this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah (“Sarah lived”), is not about Sarah’s life but about her legacy. Beginning with mention of her death and of Abraham’s great mourning for her, the parshah primarily focuses on the Bible’s first story of betrothal, namely that of Isaac to his cousin Rebekah. The relationship between their engagement… Read More

No Harassment

Why would customers be troubled by Trump supporters (“Trump Supporters at Goldberg’s Trouble Customers,” Nov. 11)? Trump supporters were handing out political materials to people passing by. It is standard operations before an election to encourage voters to support their nominee of choice. The Trump supporters were not harassing people, and they did not express… Read More

JT Story ‘Biased’

I was very disappointed to read the JT’s biased and untruthful “Trump Supporters at Goldberg’s Trouble Customers” (Nov. 11). I was there canvassing for Dr. Mark Plaster along with the Trump supporters and truck. There was absolutely no antagonizing patrons going on, and, in fact, none of us involved ever made contact with any of the… Read More

No Confidence in Media

The media, including Jewish newspapers, have published many articles about the alleged anti-Semitism of Stephen Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist, but are silent about the checkered history of Keith Ellison, the leading candidate for the Democratic National Committee chair (“A Divisive Result,” Nov. 18): > that he was a defender of Farrakhan and his… Read More

Democrats and Palestinians

When you vote for a presidential candidate, you also vote for his or her party (“A Divisive Result,” Nov. 18). Many influential leaders in the Democratic Party support the Palestinians and want to push Israel back to the pre-1967 borders. Many want to prosecute Israelis for war crimes. Many support the boycott, divestment and sanctions… Read More

Bannon and Breitbart: Friends of Israel

In his inspiring book “Words That Hurt, Words that Heal,” Rabbi Joseph Telushkin wrote, “Because words can be used to inflict devastating and irrevocable suffering, Jewish teachings go so far as to compare cruel words to murder.” Thus it is painful to see the malicious character assassination and false accusations of anti-Semitism being hurled against… Read More

What I’ve Learned from the Election Process

The biggest gift I got moving to the U.S. was the gift of listening. When you are new to a place, language and culture, you have to start listening, and it is not an easy task for a native Israeli. When the election season started, I decided to stick to the listening strategy. I was… Read More

Settlements Again

Donald Trump’s win in the presidential race, and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, have signaled to some members of Israel’s government that hard times are over with regard to American disapproval of settlement building in the West Bank. In their euphoria, pro-settler party leaders have pursued two very different approaches to moving… Read More

Focus on the Future

You don’t need to go far to find troubling news about American synagogues, whether it’s their decreasing memberships, decreasing attendance or financial instability. This time last year, for instance, sociologist Steven M. Cohen was bemoaning the contraction of the entire Conservative movement. He wrote that over an almost quarter of a century, the number of… Read More

The Need to Move Forward

Last week’s presidential election revealed not so much a nation divided, as it did a society whose residents inhabit two very different realities — with the apparent inability of those who live in one to understand the perceptions and beliefs of those who live in the other. Which begs the question: How do we move… Read More