Today’s Deportation Talk Evokes Echoes of Hitler

Donald Trump’s proposal to use a national Deportation Force to evict 11 million illegal residents is an odious and  repugnant idea of draconian proportion. It will neither be “fair nor humane.” It will impact American values, interpersonal relations and America’s perception around the world. Sadly, Trump’s bombastic tone demonizing these illegals sounds not too different… Read More

Way Off Target

The JT’s Sept. 16 editorial “J Street Crosses the Line” badly misses the mark. The proliferation of settlements on the West Bank not only incites the Palestinians, but also is a major barrier to a two-state solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict by depriving the Palestinians of land they would need to create a viable state…. Read More

I’m Glad I Now Know

Wow, I loved this story (“You Should Know … Gal Massaton,” Sept. 23). What an outstanding emissary and spokesperson for Israel! Thank you for publishing this item.

The Unvarnished Candidates

An estimated 100 million viewers had an unvarnished look at the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates on Monday night. The nationally televised — and live-streamed — debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton showed the two for who they are and so gave the American electorate a chance to make a more educated decision on… Read More

Barack and Bibi: The Finale

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit all the right notes in their public comments before their 35-minute meeting in New York last week during the United Nations General Assembly. Obama declared the bond between the two countries “unbreakable.” He thanked former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who recently suffered  a stroke, “for… Read More

Evolving Religions Parshat Nitzavim

The Syrian refugee crisis has prompted public debate worldwide, especially in the U.S. presidential campaign, over the issue of immigration. Should a nation’s top priority be to meet the humanitarian needs of people attempting to flee a war zone? Or should it be to emphasize national security concerns stemming from the terroristic affiliations of a… Read More

A Matter of Faith

Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More

Respect Our Needs, Values

The JT’s article regarding adding Eid as a school holiday (“Muslims Look to Jewish  Example in Campaigning for School Days Off,” Sept. 9) put me off but not for the obvious reason. Certainly, school boards must evaluate how to accommodate their schedules in districts where Muslim observers, whether students or teachers, comprise a large proportion… Read More

Focus on the Music, Art

Joshua Runyan’s Sept. 16 Opening Thoughts, “A Most Jewish Conversation,” inspired me to write this. As time goes on, I find that the less I know about my musical and other artistic heroes, the more I can enjoy the music/art that they have given to the world. No musician/artist could ever possibly live up to… Read More

A Real Bargain

There are grounds to criticize President Barack Obama on his dealings with Israel, but last week’s 10-year military  assistance package is not at the top of the list. Indeed, this may be a good deal for both sides. The U.S. is estimated to have spent  upward of $85 billion on overseas military forces in 2014… Read More