A Troubling ‘Reassessment’ with Israel

President Obama addresses his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a news conference at the White House on March 24.
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Once again, American Jews are being forced to pick sides in an unnecessary fight between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Last month, it was over the breach of protocol surrounding Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and taking on a U.S. president over the Iran nuclear talks. Now, following Netanyahu’s re-election, the prime… Read More

Unlikely Holiness: Pancakes, Trash and the Priest’s Big Toe

This week’s portion continues the outline of the korbanot, the “sacrifices” begun last week in Parshat Vayikra. Its title, Tzav, is an imperative meaning “command,” and while the previous portion was addressed to the person bringing the offering, this week’s parshah is addressed to the priest assisting with the offering. The priest is God’s agent… Read More

JVP a Voice for Hate

Jewish Voice for Peace is neither Jewish, nor a voice for peace (“Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore,” March 20). Nor is it progressive, as the article describes it. JVP is nothing more than a hateful organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel, fronted by a small number of Jews with little or no… Read More

Palestinians to Blame for Lack of Peace

Maybe Jewish Voice for Peace should change its name to Jewish Voice for Appeasement (“Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore,” March 20). Peace will come when the Palestinians realize that endless unacceptable demands will not get them anywhere. A Palestinian state has been offered on several occasions, most recently by former Israeli Prime Minister… Read More

Wiesel Not Above Criticism

Stuart Sachs would be well advised to actually read material before attempting to criticize it (“Your Say,” March 20). As one letter noted, Wiesel does not “own” the Holocaust, so for Sachs to declare him its holy incarnation is nothing short of idolatry. And even if there was such ownership, it would bestow upon him… Read More

Judge Wiesel by His Company

Pirkei Avot counsels aseh lecha rav; we are known by the company we keep. With whom does Elie Wiesel make it a point of palling around in public (“Your Say,” March 20)? There is casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who is on record as being hostile to democracy, Shmuley Boteach, and “King Bibi” Netanyahu, best-known recently… Read More

Outreach Mission Got Buried

In the March 20 local news item “United Through Motherhood,” why was it not noted until the 10th paragraph that the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project is an Orthodox organization, and one devoted to outreach at that? Why was this fact not highlighted upfront, at the outset? Sadly, such is the sort of deceit and misleading… Read More

Why the Change?

I object to the new format of your obituary e-mail notifications. It’s annoying to have to open another page (particularly on-the-go, with sometimes spotty reception) and I often don’t know the deceased, but do know one of the family members mentioned later in death notices. Please go back to the old format with the text… Read More

Amassing Solutions Through Citizen Impact

One question that everyone who cares about making their community a better place to live has struggled to answer is: How do we start to make improvement? Innovation and relevance are definitely keys to unlock these answers. And deputizing citizens to become a part of the solution can accumulate immense amount of impact. Citizens rallying… Read More

Celebrate Freedom with Fair Trade Chocolate

A few movies have affected me so deeply that I knew a new journey was opening for me. One of those was “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” which I saw at the Fair Trade Federation conference in fall 2010. It explicitly documents child labor’s role in the cocoa fields of the Ivory Coast. I was… Read More