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May 30, 2016 / 22 Iyar, 5776

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Silver’s Sentence (I)

I was very saddened by the harsh sentence given to former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver (“A Disappointing Lack of Compassion,” editorial, May 13).

For 40 years he worked on behalf of all of us. And for most of those years the print media, with the exception of The Jewish Press, never stopped attacking him. Those of us who lived in his district knew he was working hard on our behalf. As for the numerous Jewish organizations he helped, I waited in vain to see them rally to his side.

So I thank you for the editorial that enumerated some of the many ways we benefited from his years as speaker. A good friend of mine certainly knows this, as she got her Get as a result of the New York State Get law that Silver was responsible for enacting.

I share your hope that he will be exonerated upon appeal.

Amy Wall
New York, NY  

Silver’s Sentence (II)

Sheldon Silver certainly did a lot of good things for the Jewish community and others. As Jews, we were all proud of him for holding the second most important political position in New York State.

Regardless of whether the crimes he allegedly committed are the whole truth and nothing but, a person holding such a high position in government – even more so an Orthodox Jew – should be beyond reproach.

I am neither judge nor jury but hearing the charges against Silver was enough to make one’s blood go cold and, more so, it was an embarrassment for the entire Orthodox community. I am very sorry this happened, but I do believe that where there is smoke there is fire.

Perhaps it was because of Mr. Silver previous good deeds that the judge did not impose the far longer term she could have under sentencing guidelines.

This is a very sad story, for the community but mostly for Silver’s family.

Hindy Kierman
(Via E-Mail)

London’s New Mayor

Re “London’s New Muslim Mayor Attends Holocaust Memorial” (news story, May 13):

I know nothing about the background of London’s new Muslim mayor. However, if, as I suspect  is the case, he is not an anti-Semite, I suggest his election is a good opportunity to try to work with and cultivate someone who can open bridges to London’s Muslim community.

Certainly, that his first official act was attending a Yom HaShoah ceremony shows he is willing to go up against those Muslims who deny the Holocaust. This is a very good beginning.

Yocheved Weiss


Source Of Confusion

Yes, Palestinians sure are confused (“Those Poor, Confused Palestinians,” op-ed, May 13).

What confuses them is that although their side decisively lost several wars designed to exterminate the Jews of Israel, they were not made to understand that they would have to accept whatever they could get as the losers and build their state accordingly.

The promises the international community made to the Palestinians that Israel would not be allowed to take full advantage of its military triumphs – which would be consistent with the lessons of history – is what made the Palestinians a confused lot indeed.

Mel Aronson
(Via E-mail)


Selling The Iran Deal (I)

Reading your May 13 editorial “Netanyahu Was Right on Iran Deal” together with the front-page news story “Key Obama Adviser: We Misled Nation to Sell Iran Nuclear Deal,” it becomes clear there was a huge abdication of responsibility by members of Congress who had misgivings about the deal but did not press the issue and seek all the facts.

It is also clear that many in the liberal media blended news and opinion in presenting the agreement as the best deal possible while rejecting the notion that it would be a disaster.

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Israel’s Birthday

As we mark Israel’s 68th birthday, I think it behooves us all to consider the importance of aliyah.

Yishuv ha’aretz has never been easier. The Ramban left Spain to Eretz Yisrael in a rickety boat. When he arrived in Acco he found the Holy Land in total devastation and had difficulty finding a proper minyan on Shabbos. Nevertheless in his letter to his son in Catalonia he writes that he finally found “eretz chemda” (the desirable land).

Today, there is more Torah learning in Eretz Yisrael than in all other countries of the world combined. More than 300 sefarim per month are published in Israel. The Israeli economy is number one in the world to invest in – just ask Warren Buffett. It is a country thriving on miracles.

Happy birthday, Israel – 3,000 years old, 68 years young.

Shmuel Knopfler
(Via E-Mail)


Leftist Academics

Re “Jewish Academics and the Trashing of Israel” (op-ed, May 6):

Of course those professors are anti-Israel. They’re leftists.

Speaking of leftists and Israel, a lot of us need to put a cap on the ridiculous nostalgia for the days when Israel and Zionism were “kosher” for people like the leftist folksinger Pete Seeger.

There is no leftist justification for the Return of the Exiles. There is no secular justification. It is in its entirety a Divine Commandment and a work of Heaven.

And please – stop trying to defend Israel by reciting liberal mantras about human rights. Moses did not use these arguments and neither should anyone today.

The farther and faster Jews run from their destiny as a people chosen by God, the more tragic the consequences will be, God forbid.

Roy Neal Grissom
(Via JewishPress.com)


Sad For Our Country

When I heard the news that Senator Ted Cruz had withdrawn from the presidential race my soul was saddened by what that meant – that our country just might no longer be good and decent enough for the outcome to have been different.

I take responsibility for the role, however small, I could have played and didn’t to stop us from this slide into the abyss. We used to be a country that was – or aspired to be – a beacon of hope for the world. Now we may be too wrapped up in fear and hate to be a beacon of hope for anything.

I hope I am wrong. And in hoping, I think back to another national nightmare for us – the Civil War, when President Lincoln voiced his fervent hope that once again “the better angels of our nature” would prevail.

Alan Howard
Brooklyn, NY


Pollard’s Ongoing Ordeal

Your editorial calling for the end of restrictions on Jonathan Pollard’s travel to Israel was well put (“It’s Time to End the Pollard Inquisition,” April 29).

As an American, I am very disturbed at the spectacle of an individual who by any measure has more than paid for his crimes continuing to suffer for acts committed more than thirty years ago and for which he sat in prison since that time.

While he pleaded guilty to the crime of mishandling secret documents, he was sentenced to more prison time than those convicted of even full blown espionage. And this on top of the fact that it is unheard of that spying for an ally should draw a life sentence.

I have no doubt that Pollard’s sentence was politically motivated. Moreover, the full story of the damage he did or did not cause has never been disclosed by the government.

The U.S. government has an obligation to release all the facts. We are not a country that simply locks people up and throws away the key.

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An Exchange Of Letters For Yom HaZikaron

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Each year on Yom HaZikaron (which coincides this year with May 11) we remember the brave men and women who have fallen in defense of Israel. This year, one brave Israeli soldier’s recent death struck very close to home for me.

On February 18, IDF Staff Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, who had been on leave from the army, was shopping for groceries with his wife, Yael, and their infant daughter, Netta. Suddenly, he heard screams from a different aisle as two Palestinians began stabbing other shoppers. Even though he was unarmed, Tuvia Yanai ran to help. Tragically, he was mortally wounded in the ensuing scuffle.

Tuvia Yanai and his wife were childhood friends who grew up in the town of Ma’ale Mikhmas and were married two years ago. During her husband’s funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, Yael said: “If you had not raced to help, you would not be the Yanai I know, the one I fell in love with.” She added, “We were waiting for your discharge from the army. We had so many plans. To travel, to hike, to work, to study, and, most important of all, to be together.”

As soon as I read the details of this terrible incident, I reached out to my brother Josh and his family, who live in Ma’ale Mikhmas. I learned that not only do my brother and my sister-in-law, Sarah Devorah, know Yanai and Yael’s families well, but that Josh planned to recite the HaGomel (thanksgiving) blessing at shul that Shabbos, as he was shopping in the same grocery store at the time the attack occurred.

On behalf of my shul, Kesher Israel of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, I reached out to Yael to express our deep condolences upon her loss, sending her the following letter (along with a grant from KI’s Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund) – via my brother and sister-in-law in Israel:

Dear Yael,

All of us at Kesher Israel Congregation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (U.S.A.) were terribly saddened when we learned of the tragic death of your beloved husband. At the same time, we were greatly inspired by his love for the people of Israel – which led him to put himself at risk in order to protect others.

Your determination to provide your beautiful daughter with a healthy and happy future has also made a positive impact on us – and on Jews all around the world. We pray that Hashem will continue to bless you with the strength that only He can provide.

Please accept this gift from our community. We hope that it can help you and your daughter during this difficult time.

With sincere condolences, Rabbi Akiva Males

My brother and sister-in-law told me how touched Yael and her family were by KI’s condolences and warm wishes. On the intermediate days of Passover, I received the following e-mail (translated from the original Hebrew) in return:

To Rabbi Akiva Males and the Harrisburg Jewish community,

I would like to thank you for the encouragement, condolences, and sympathy you sent to me after the death of my dear husband, Tuvia Yanai. They have strengthened and encouraged us greatly.

Every letter I receive from people I do not know reinforces my feelings that we are an amazing nation that does not forget its sons, warriors, and heroes. We are a people with a sense of mutual responsibility – as you too have shown. I am confident that this encouraging sense of mutual responsibility will ensure that the legacy of our dear Tuvia Yanai will continue.

The generous gift of support that you passed along to young Netta and me was extremely thoughtful – and provided me with the awareness that we are not alone, that good people think of us, care about us, and are at our side.

“Everyone helped his neighbor and said to his brother: ‘Be strong.’ ”Isaiah 41:6

Yasher Koach, and continue to be strong,

Yael and Netta Weissman

On this Yom HaZikaron, may God remember the heroic sacrifices made by Tuvia Yannai Weissman and the brave men and women who have fallen in defense of Israel. May God look after and comfort their families who miss them so much. Finally, may God bless Israel with true peace and security – so that none of us will have to send any more condolence letters to families mourning the loss of their loved ones.

Rabbi Akiva Males

A Bundle Of Letters: The Women’s Secret Of Survival

Monday, May 9th, 2016

On a Friday afternoon, November 22, 1619, a seemingly trivial event occurred. A messenger carrying fifty-four letters from the Ghetto of Prague to the Ghetto of Vienna was detained on the Austrian border and his consignment confiscated. The letters were held back by the Austrian censor and then dispatched to the Archives of the Imperial Court where they have remained ever since.

The detained letters have become a historical treasure and reveal remarkable insights into the lives of the Jews in the ghettoes of early seventeenth century Prague and Vienna. Thus, the seemingly trivial event that occurred three hundred eighty-three years ago turned into an extraordinary historical episode.

What is the story behind the bundle of letters? The two prominent Jewish centers in Europe, one in Prague in the Kingdom of Bohemia, and the other in Vienna in the Austrian Empire, maintained close contact – a number of Prague Jews had businesses in Vienna and Jews from Vienna as a rule sent their sons to study at the Yeshiva of Prague, generating an intensive correspondence.

The outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War in 1618 disrupted official correspondence. Communication between the two ghettoes, however, continued through the clever device of a Prague Jew with business in Vienna, Lob Sarel Gutmans, who hired a messenger to carry the letters of Viennese Jews to his wife in Prague who distributed them and then collected their replies.

As the war was raging on that fateful Friday in 1619, the suspicious Austrian border police held up the package of return mail. Worried Jewish parents, wives, business associates had no way of relieving their anxiety because the replies to their letters never came: they arrived instead into the hands of twenty-first century Jewish historians doing research at the Imperial Archives.

Most of the letters are written by women, revealing the incredible tale of their lives in the Ghetto of Prague. Centuries melt away as one reads mothers’ bits of advice to their daughters married to Viennese businessmen, wives inquiring about the health of their husbands engaged in commerce in Vienna, friends chatting about their daily joys and worries, sisters exchanging little confidences. One can hear echoes of concern about daily fears for life and liberty, the danger of war and fear of an epidemic that had broken out in Vienna, riots against Jews in Prague and imprisonment of innocent Jews for ransom. And yet, in the midst of it all, the Jewish women of Prague managed to retain a mundane yet vital interest in their physical appearance.

The following was written by Freidel Hammerschlag of Prague to Mirel Auerbach of Vienna: “My dear relative and good friend, I let you know that I discharged your commission well, and ordered the coat to be made for you in the best and finest fashion possible in the world. Lining 10 ells double damask, 2 ½ scores for laces, 2 scores for linen cloth, 2 for velvet, 1 score for silk, wages for the tailor 2 scores. Therefore, do not forget to send more money so that I can give it to Abner son of Henoch Schik of blessed memory, that he may buy a beautiful smooth otter fur in Poland; I think if you send me forty gulden more, I will have money for everything. I will buy everything as economically as it were my own. I could buy otter fur here but it is dyed. And I want to have it made from the finest fur. Write me through whom should I send it to you. And so, blessing of the Almighty to you, from your good friend Freidel, daughter of the excellent and learned Israel Hammerschlag.”

Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Democrats And Israel (I)

It is the height of hubris and condescension that members of the Obama administration and the two contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination feel free to censure Israel, the only democratic government in the region, when it endeavors to ensure the safety and security of its citizens (“Democrats Try to Save Israel from Itself,” editorial, April 22).

As to the brouhaha concerning Israel’s retention of the Golan, there are irrefutable archeological remains that prove a past Jewish historical presence. But the most persuasive argument for Israel to maintain its rule over the Golan Heights is the incontrovertible fact that before the 1967 Six-Day War the farmers and citizens of northern Israel were exposed to constant gunfire raining down from Syrian forces on the Heights, making their lives intolerable.

Fay Dicker
Lakewood, NJ


Democrats And Israel (II)

Contrary to the title of Rabbi Mark Golub’s April 22 op-ed piece, Hillary and Bernie don’t disappoint on Israel but, rather, remain true to form.

Bernie Sanders’s views on Israel conform to his leftist positions on all subjects. The fact that he accused Israel of using “disproportionate” force in the 2014 Gaza war is not surprising since he is ignorant on the subject of the Israeli/Arab conflict.

And what about Hillary? She is ready to divide Jerusalem and continues to support the “two-state solution” even though Israel has no peace partner with whom to solve anything, so why would anyone expect her to respond “no” to the question of whether Israel uses “disproportionate force”?

Rabbi Golub’s conclusion is painfully correct: “The Democratic Party has moved so far to the left that it has become virtually impossible for Democratic candidates to openly defend Israel…”

Expect nothing from them with regard to supporting Israel and you won’t be disappointed.

Helen Freedman
Americans for a Safe Israel

New York, NY


Palestinians And Peace

There are two reasons why the Palestinians do not want a long-term peace agreement with the state of Israel:

  1. Their corrupt leaders love the billions of dollars pouring in from outside sources that line their pockets.
  2. The Palestinians (along with other Arabs/Muslims) have been brainwashed since birth that the land on which Israel sits is all Arab, “from the river to the sea,” as a well-educated Muslim told me.

On that basis, is it possible to achieve peace in the near term?

George Epstein
Los Angeles, CA



Presidential Candidates And Pollard

Re “It’s Time to End the Pollard Inquisition” (editorial, April 29):

Here is a simple litmus test, in the form of three questions, to see which of the presidential candidates is really and truly a friend of Israel.

Regarding Jonathan Pollard, ask each candidate:

If elected president, do you promise to take the shackles off Jonathan Pollard’s leg which, ever since he was “set free” in November 2015, have prevented him from living a normal life?

Will you without equivocation free this man and let him, finally, go to Israel to live, which has been his dream for decades?

Or will you be like Obama, Bush, and Clinton and talk a good game about being Israel’s friend but back down and waffle when it comes to really proving it, thus keeping this man, a hero to many Jews, fettered and bound?

Pinchas Baram
Brookline, MA


Fitting Placement

Marsha Skurnik Schorr’s tribute to her son, Michael, a”h, appeared next to my tribute to my cousin Leon Charney in the April 8 In Memoriam section.

It’s hard to comprehend the hashgacha pratis of that placement. You see, we are very close friends who have never met one another face to face. She was a La Leche coach nearly 40 years ago and I was given her number to call for advice. We used to speak from time to time and then we lost touch.​

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The Photo On The Wall (I)

Who can fail to be moved by Stephen Flatow’s emotional tribute to his daughter Aliza, murdered by Palestinian terrorists 21 years ago (“The Photo on the Wall,” front page essay, April 15)?

The circumstances were horrific, but of course even in the normal course of events parents should not have to know from burying children. I marvel at his relentless determination to bring to account those responsible for the attack despite his being confronted with shameful obstructionism by our very own government.

On the one hand, I applaud him as he continues on his sacred mission. On the other hand, I wonder how people purporting to represent us can place themselves on the side of monsters who have no compunction about takng the life of an innocent young woman.

Elaine Ackerman
Via e-Mail)


The Photo On The Wall (II)

It is a testament to Stephen Flatow’s sense of duty to the Jewish people that, despite the unimaginable loss of a child, he was able to act on his realization that the terrorism that took his child can be deterred by going after its sponsors with deep pockets.

It’s terribly disappointing to read of the roadblocks to suing those foreign entities that the federal government has put in his way. I do not understand how so-called sovereign immunity requires that those entities be insulated from attack in our courts. How is that position consistent with the economic sanctions imposed on Iran and North Korea for engaging in and supporting terror? We have even, in the past few years, imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its aggressions.

Michoel Glassberg
(Via E-Mail)


Biden’s Ill-Timed Remarks

Vice President Joe Biden, pandering to J Street “pro-Israel, pro-peace” sensibilities, last week pronounced himself “overwhelmingly frustrated” with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. He also expressed terrible concern about Israel being able to continue being “both Jewish and democratic.” He decried, as well, Israel’s “steady systematic expansion of settlements.”

He is desperately wrong on all counts. How particularly ill timed, indeed, were his highly offensive remarks on a day of a terrorist bus bombing in Jerusalem?

It’s fair to say that Netanyahu, along with many Israelis and American Jews, is himself “overwhelmingly frustrated” – with Biden and an administration whose “daylight” he was representing.

Palestinian leaders refuse to negotiate seriously. They repeatedly and emphatically aver unwillingness to ever recognize Israel as a Jewish state. But no matter how accommodating Israel is – short of making suicidal concessions – it’s always Israel’s fault that peace hasn’t yet broken out.

For all of the constant weeping and wailing about Israel’s settlement policies, construction has long been restricted to internal expansion of settlement blocs widely expected to remain in Israel under any conceivable peace agreement. The administration, though, is unwilling to say “yes” to that.

As for Israeli democracy, Biden would be well advised to look at problems much closer to home, where this administration’s disastrous domestic and foreign policies have done much to awaken the worst demons, on both the left and the right, of American politics.

Richard D. Wilkins
Syracuse, NY


What’s Happened To Bibi’s Toughness?

Sara Lehmann’s April 15 Right Angle column was, as usual, cogent and accurate.

What has happened to the resolve and needed toughness once exhibited by Prime minister Netanyahu and his cabinet? How can they pounce on an IDF soldier who fires at a terrorist, whether or not the terrorist was standing or in a prone position? Can bureaucrats sitting at desks possibly understand the emotions and fears felt by a soldier who suspects there might well be a hidden explosive device still to be put into play?

The implications are frightening. Will Israel’s military and police descend into a state of fear, uncertainty, and apprehension when confronted by armed, vicious terrorists? Will the fear of reprisals by the government tie the hands of these protectors of the Jewish state?

And to what purpose? To “make nice” to the myriad of enemies our brethren

in Israel face? To hope that such behavior will endear them to those enemies? To think, quite wishfully, that appeasement and standing down will eliminate the dangers posed? If so, it’s time for all concerned to check their history, by googling “Neville Chamberlain at Munich.”

The stakes are far too high to indulge in the fantasies that permeate the worlds of B’Tselem, Haaretz, and other leftist organs and organizations. If “Never Again” is to have any realistic meaning, it can only be realized and implemented by strong, decisive responses to terrorism and attempted terrorism.

Myron Hecker
New City, NY


Mah Nishtanah And Changing Times

Don’t get me wrong; I cherish our Pesach customs and traditions as much as the next fellow. However, while listening to the Mah Nishtanah – the Four Questions – at the sedorim this year, I was struck (not for the first time) at how drastically times have changed since those questions were first incorporated into the Haggadah.

Why is this night different from all other nights? Well, most of us, especially the women, are exhausted. We’ve cleaned, scrubbed, and shopped until exhaustion. Women have spent hours cooking. Logically, we should have an early supper, a quick bite to eat, and call it a night. Instead, we take dinner and draw it out for hours. We start very late, especially when Passover comes out late in the spring and after the change of the clocks. We say much of what we do is to engage the kids, but we start the Seder way past bedtime for most kids and even many adults.

All of our prayer services are focused in the synagogue. For many, we require a quorum of ten adult men. Men and women daven with a large partition between them; in some places men and women are in separate rooms. At the sedorim, however, the service is at home, no quorum is required, and the men and women sit together, family style.

That is how I think this night is different from all other nights.

On all other nights we may eat both chametz and matzah. And pita and pita chips and bagels and bialys. And there’s sourdough bread and whole wheat bread and crackers and pretzels and cookies and cakes.

On this night we eat only matzah. But wait! There’s rye matzah and spelt matzah and whole-wheat matzah. And they all taste like cardboard. And now there are rolls and buns that look just like chametz, even if they don’t quite taste like it.

On all other nights we eat many vegetables; tonight only bitter herbs. Is that so? Without getting into a debate about halacha, just about every authority accepts romaine lettuce as marror. But the finest restaurants, both kosher and non-kosher, regularly serve romaine lettuce as part of their various salads. So what’s unique about tonight? And if you’re referring to regular old-fashioned ground up horseradish, just ask the Gold family: horseradish with or without beets is the condiment of choice for most people’s gefilte fish. And there’s mild, strong, and extra strong – and even horseradish blended with mayonnaise that you can buy in a squeeze bottle.

On all other nights we do not dip [our food] even once; on this night we [dip our food] twice. Really? Every youngster in America (and Israel) knows about French fries and dipping them in ketchup. Walk over to the refrigerated section of your supermarket. There’s olive dip and dill dip and tehina dip. There’s also onion dip and tomato dip and I don’t know how many other types of dip.

On all other nights, we eat either sitting or reclining; on this night, we all recline. Think about it. Back in the crummy old days, most of us were poor working slobs. There were a few rich people. And those rich people didn’t sit around the dining room table on straight back chairs. Instead, they sat on individual couches or divans with individual cocktail tables that were brought out with food already on them. The couches were built for leaning. That’s how rich people ate and drank.

Now, with different styles of furniture and having grown up with mothers who told us every day to “sit straight at the table when you’re eating,” we’re still expected to lean. For most of us, it’s awkward at best.

Harold Marks
(Via E-Mail)

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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Trump And The Jewish Vote (I)

In his op-ed column championing Donald Trump (“Supporting Trump Should Be a No-Brainer for Jews,” April 15), Elliot Resnick neglected to mention Trump’s serial business failures, several of which involved ventures that other businessmen mocked at the time – and indeed Trump was forced to bail out on many of them, often leaving his investors deep in debt.

He also failed to mention Trump’s very short history as a Republican and his very long one as a benefactor of a whole slew of liberal Democrats from Ted Kennedy to Harry Reid to Nancy Pelosi.

Nor did Resnick mention that Trump – who, as a newly minted Republican trying to appeal to the GOP base, is now full of praise for Ronald Reagan – was actually a fierce Reagan critic in the late 1980s, while Reagan was still in office.

Also unmentioned by Resnick is Trump’s unceasing vulgarity. This is a man who hurls deeply personal insults at anyone who disagrees with him and routinely speaks like a potty-mouthed second grader. Is this what we want as a role model for our children and as the face of our country?

And then there’s Trump’s shallow grasp of even the rudiments of domestic and foreign policy. I have witnessed fourteen presidential campaigns dating back to 1964 and have never seen a candidate as clueless as Trump. His ignorance concerning just about every serious issue of the day is nothing less than stunning.

Finally, Trump is the ultimate flip-flopper, not only doing complete turnarounds on his positions in the space of a few months but often within hours. Even on his signature issue – illegal immigration – he’s done a total about-face; just four years ago he lambasted Mitt Romney for what Trump characterized as Romney’s cruel and harsh policy proposals for dealing with illegal immigration – positions that were nowhere near as draconian as the ones Trump now espouses.

I know Elliot Resnick is a serious, intelligent man; I always read his Jewish Press articles and interviews with much enjoyment and respect. I’m afraid, though, that with Trump he’s feeling with his heart rather than thinking with his head.

Arthur Bernstein
(Via E-Mail)


Trump And The Jewish Vote (II)

Elliot Resnick made the case for Trump (somewhat) as a solver of problems but certainly did not show how or why he holds the slightest appeal for a Jewish voter.

Resnick basically assumes Trump’s putative business success would be applied to Israel as well. That’s the extent of the case he made or could have made for Trump regarding Jews.

When candidate Trump first addressed the subject of Israel, he waffled and then offered Israel some relatively tepid support. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, has been unstinting in his support of Israel.

What won me over to Cruz was his reaction to anti-Israel hecklers during a speech he gave in 2014 to a group with ties to Middle Eastern Arab Christians. Cruz was expressing his unequivocal support for Israel when some in the audience began heckling and booing him. At that which point Cruz said, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.” And with that, he walked off the stage.

Samuel Deitel
Brooklyn, NY


Trump And The Jewish Vote (III)

Reading Ben Shapiro’s April 15 op-ed, “Trump Should Be a Nonstarter for Jewish Voters,” created a bit of a conundrum for me. Shapiro is a strong supporter of Israel, as I am. He sees the perfidy, lies, and anti-Semitism of the Palestinians, as I do. Also as I do, he recognizes the uselessness of peace efforts by Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

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