Extreme View vs. Extreme View

I don’t get it. The BDS movement’s vision is that of a single binational state as the proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem. Which is exactly what the ZOA has in mind (Your Say, April 11). Rapscallion extremes meet and galvanize one other. Too bad the rest of us get stuck in the crossfire of… Read More

Bravo to the Bald

We at Har Sinai Congregation are enormously proud of our rabbi, Rabbi Benjamin Sharff (“Bald is Beautiful,” April 11). His participation in this effort was born out of love and compassion, not only for the Sommer family as they grieve for their son, “Superman Sam,” but also for all victims of childhood cancers. If any… Read More

Adelson Not the Problem

While there may be legislation passed to reduce the influence of individual givers to political campaigns, the use of intermediates, both individuals and organizations, will circumvent these restrictions (“A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4). But I am more comfortable with the contributions of Sheldon Adelson, who is devoted to supporting candidates concerned about the… Read More

A Lurking Identity Crisis Beneath Pollard Debate

I often imagine a day perhaps in the not-too-distant future: A prisoner is released, but I don’t see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas jumping with joy. Quite to the contrary, I don’t see the nation of Israel — American Jews included — feeling like it is being stabbed in its ever-growing and ever-paining wound. And perhaps… Read More

American Jewry must reclaim Hebrew

A key component that unifies a people or nation is a common language. The Jewish people are no exception; the Hebrew language is an essential element of what constitutes the Jewish nation. Hebrew often is the only common language in the room — the lingua franca — when Jews from different parts of the globe… Read More

Compromise of sorts in Ukraine

The agreement over Ukraine reached April 17 in Geneva will likely only offer each side some breathing room until the next threatening act by Russia on its western neighbor. Moscow was a signatory to the “agreement,” along with the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, which calls for all parties — including the pro-Russian… Read More

Rethinking right-wing extremism

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The Boston Marathon bombing, a year ago last week, took three lives, created an uproar and reignited fears about the threat of Islamist-inspired terrorism in this country. The response after what police say was white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller’s murder of three people outside two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City was decidedly different. True,… Read More

Peace in Our Time

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The year 1939 saw an upheaval the likes of which the modern world has rarely experienced. German troops marched into Poland that September, ushering in a world war that would ultimately change the maps of Europe and the Middle East, lay waste to vast swaths of land spanning three continents and wipe out millions of… Read More

Las Vegas? Really?

I congratulate the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on its  choice of venue for its recent annual get-together (“What happens in Vegas,”  “A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4). After all, what U.S. city resonates better with Torah and rabbinic values such as mitzvot (commandments), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tzedaka (charity), but especially… Read More

A Seder is not enough

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The hungry, like the poor, have always been with us. At our Seders this week we declared, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” But can our words alone fight hunger? That is the question raised by the National Hunger Seder, held April 9 at the U.S. Capitol. Being against hunger is easy. Doing… Read More