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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The Problem With Rice (I)

I don’t know how those members of the Black Congressional Caucus who labeled criticism of UN ambassador Susan Rice racist and sexist got away with it (“In the Matter of Susan Rice,” editorial, Nov. 23).

She was being challenged because she created a false impression to the public at large, claiming the death of the American ambassador in Libya was not the result of a terrorist attack.

It is indisputable that she did so, though whether she did it knowingly is not yet known. I fail to see any connection to her race or sex in such criticism. I have no doubt that if a white male official did the same thing, he would be similarly criticized. Are those aforementioned members of Congress suggesting otherwise?

Gilbert Rosenberg
(Via E-Mail)

The Problem With Rice (II)

President Obama came into office with a plan to create more balance between America’s relationship with both Israel and the Muslim world. Political reality, however, got in the way and soon forced a midcourse correction. Susan Rice came to office with him but, relatively immune to politics, she remains an unconverted true believer.

I don’t know how much discretion she will have as secretary of state as far as Israel is concerned or how much President Obama will rely on her advice. I do know that at the very least she presents an unacceptable risk.

Rose Ellen Blatt
(Via E-Mail)

The Jewish Vote (I)

I found Rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s front-page essay last week (“The Jewish Vote: Same Old, Same Old”) very illuminating. It certainly got me thinking.

I agree with him that cold logic should have drawn most Jews to the Republican Party in the past few election cycles. As he demonstrates quite eloquently, in terms of values and issues we generally are more compatible with Republicans than with Democrats. However, I think it must also be stressed that American Jews continue to worry about their future as a very small minority and are more comfortable with a political party that is seen, rightly or not, as protective rather than merely tolerant of its citizens.

Lawrence Hyman
(Via E-Mail)

The Jewish Vote (II)

The same week Rabbi Pruzansky penned a sour grapes column following the Democratic Party’s sweep of the Jewish vote, an important story was taking place across the ocean. Israel was fighting a defensive war against Hamas, and President Obama demonstrated real leadership.

Contrary to the fears of many Orthodox Republican voters, the president expressed strong support for Israel. As international pressure grew, he insisted that the conflict would be best resolved by local stakeholders, firmly guiding Egypt into a mediator role. Regretfully, Hamas survives to fight another day. But even if we dismiss the record amount in military funding Obama has allocated to Israel in his first term, two words sum up the countless Israeli lives that were saved last week: Iron Dome.

And while Hamas insists on claiming victory, we should be confident that if the truce is broken, President Obama will continue to stand by Israel. A hakarat hatov is in order.

Sergey Kadinsky
Flushing, NY

The Jewish Vote (III)

Rabbi Pruzansky writes: “Based on our race, status, education, employment, etc., Jews should be voting for Republicans but rarely do in significant numbers.” In other words, Jews should vote for Republicans, but they actually vote for Democrats; hence they must be voting based on irrational or misguided thinking.

Now, there are interesting features of Jewish voting patterns that merit examination, but I think the essential incongruity of the Jewish vote is somewhat overstated by Rabbi Pruzansky and others. Consider the exit polling regarding those factors – race, status, employment education, etc. – that Rabbi Pruzansky believes would make any Jew into a Republican Jew.

Most Jews are white, and it’s true that nationally the white vote went overwhelmingly to Romney (59 percent vs. 39 percent). However, Jews are among the most educated groups, and while more college graduates voted for Romney nationally (51 percent vs. 47 percent), in New York, California, Massachusetts and New Jersey, the college-educated vote went very heavily for Obama, more so than could be accounted for merely by the number of Jews in the electorate. Moreover, nationally Obama decisively won the vote of those who had done post-graduate study (55 percent to 42 percent).

Events in the West

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Events in the West: This Shabbos YICC in the Pico-Robertson area of L.A. hosts Professor Isaiah Gafni, a leading Jewish historian, as its scholar-in-residence… The West Coast OU Torah Convention in L.A. is scheduled for December 20-23.

Kosher News: Nature Valley Dark Chocolate and Nut Trail Mix Chewy Granola bars bear an unauthorized OU… Wegman’s gluten-free double chocolate brownie cake mix has an OU – but it is OU-D… The CRC in Chicago reports that packaged barley has been found to have three types of bugs. They have created a process for you to rid other brands of this. Geffen barley is the only barley that doesn’t require the process.

The Jewish Press in Stores: If you don’t see The Jewish Press where you expect to see it, ask the cashier where your favorite newspaper is. Stores sometimes move the papers in order to set up a display.

Super Storm Benny was created to assist Jewish families in communities on the East Coast facing catastrophic destruction from Hurricane Sandy. You can participate in the rebuilding by donating appliances, kitchen equipment, baby gear, furniture, computers, bed and bath supplies, siddurim, Chumashim, and toys. All products should be new and in their original packaging. The deadline is Sunday, November 18. A 40-foot truck will drive across the country with the donations. You can also donate via credit card by visiting www.TeamBenny.net, or by sending a check to Ladies Bikur Cholim, 444 N. Detroit St., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Super Storm Benny is sponsored as a zechus for a refuah sheleimah for Binyomin Chaim ben Faigie Sarah.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Moshe and Tzirel Regal, a son (Grandparents Rabbi Yossi and Sari Naiman)… Baruch and Ruchi Giberstein, a daughter (Grandparents Shlomo and Gila Giberstein)… Shai and Chana Samet, a son… Eric and Sarah Abitbol of NY, a son (Grandparents Alan and Etti Lowy; Sonia Rosenberg)… Yaakov and Rivki Tangy, a daughter (Grandparents Avraham and Tzafi Vickman)… Rabbi Jason and Lauren Weiner, a son (Grandparents Sidney and Marcia Teichman)… Jeffrey and Rina Barak of Encino, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Mark and Michelle Barak)… Shlomie and Ruti Hauer of Monsey, NY, a son (Grandparents Shmuli and Goldie Hauer; Great-grandmother Frida Berger)… Shloimie and Aliza Zeffren of Teaneck, NJ, a son (Grandparents David and Mira Zeffren)… Rabbi Moshe and Nava Adler, a son (Grandparents Benny and Audrey Adler; Great-grandmother Lilly Adler… Yisroel and Miriam Wohlgelernter in Israel, a daughter (Grandparents Dr. Daniel and Eileeen Wohlgelernter; David and Judy Hager)… Rabbi Shmuel and Elkie Einhorn, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Jake Garfinkel, son of Marty and Candice Garfinkel… Justin Hanelin, son of Jonas and Cari Hanelin.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvah: Elisheva Gofman, daughter of Yasha and Nancy Gofman.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Shoshana Gres, daughter of Jerry and Debbie Gres, to Yosef Caplan, son of Jeff and Gale Caplan of Agoura, CA… Naftali Trainer, son of Rabbi Label and Lori Trainer, to Rochel Pollak of Valley Village, CA.

Mazel Tov – Wedding: Saadua Liberow to Rebecca Kukurudz.

Congratulations: To Abbas Restaurant on its grand opening on La Brea.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Eli Zadik, son of Yossi Zadik and Anne Bakar.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Chaim and Samantha Hirsch of Hollywood, FL, a son (Grandparents Yisroel and Corinne Blumenstein).

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvah: Alex Silberstein, son of Adam and Taaly Silberstein.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Rochel Pollak, daughter of Rabbi Yehuda and Devora Pollak, to Naftali Trainer of L.A… Alisha Tal, daughter of Avi and Julie Handelman, to Yochanan Zomer of Yerushalayim.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Birth: Rabbi Danny and Sara Wolfe of Albany, NY, a son (Grandparents Mike and Cindy Wolfe).

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Mazel Tov – Births: Mordy and Golda Fast of Yerushalayim, a son (Grandparents Steve and Ruth Fast)… Yona and Ariella Margolese, a daughter (Grandparents Melech and Chani Genauer).

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A Mother’s Words Recalled

Re Rabbi Akiva Males’s Nov. 9 op-ed, “A Small Jewish World”:

Whenever my mother, Irene Klass, a”h, would hear someone referring to the Jewish world in those terms she would quickly say, “No it’s not a small world; the Jewish world is a connected world.”

As I read Rabbi Males’s article I could almost hear her reflecting once again on how indeed we are all connected, whether with regard to the Israeli army, or through our prayers, or through so many other examples.

As my mother’s yahrzeit will be in two weeks, reading the article and almost hearing her comment made me smile.

Naomi Klass Mauer
Brooklyn, NY

Editor’s Note: The writer is associate publisher of The Jewish Press.

Obama’s Victory (I)

While I found myself agreeing with your editorials during the past four years criticizing much of President Obama’s agenda, I applaud your editorial last week titled “Our Best to the President.” It demonstrated quite clearly that your opposition was based on an honest analysis of the facts and not on the unfortunate preconceptions about the president that continue to motivate many in our community.

Rachel Lobell
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Victory (II)

I would hope that the fact that most Americans don’t seem to agree with your anti-Obama editorial stance through the course of his first term in office will have a sobering effect on your future commentary.

The Jewish Press and the conservative Republican agenda will have to change in order to be relevant.

Sylvan Brown
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Victory (III)

I would not take Obama’s winning nearly 70 percent of the Jewish vote to mean that most Jews don’t care about Israel, as I hear many in our community saying. I interpret it to mean that the concerns of most American Jews about Israel are met by Obama’s having greatly enhanced American defense cooperation with Israel and his commitment, made even at the UN and to Arab audiences, to “always have Israel’s back.”

It would be more accurate to say that most American-Jewish support for Israel does not necessarily include an insistence on its complete retention of the West Bank.

Jordan Goodman
(Via E-Mail)

Obama’s Victory (IV)

I hope I’m wrong but I think President Obama is still dedicated to creating some daylight between Israel and the United States. This does not mean Obama has any intention of abandoning Israel but rather that he feels it is in America’s interest to convince the Muslim world that we are concerned about its needs as well.

He can’t, however, give something to the Arabs without taking something from the U.S.-Israel relationship. It’s simple mathematics.

Elyakim Meisner
Jerusalem

Obama’s Victory (V)

I keep reading about concerns that President Obama will now retaliate against Israel because of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s transparent support of Mitt Romney. I think this is a sophomoric view of how governments make decisions.

The president’s position on the spread of nuclear weapons in Iran and elsewhere; on the way Muslim nations in the post-Arab Spring era line up in the international arena; on how to best approach the world’s leading oil suppliers; and on battling the continuing growth of terrorist activity will hardly be driven by the personal relationship he has with Netanyahu.

Brian Wolin
(Via E-Mail)

Obama And Sandy (I)

I am amazed at people like reader Harold Miller (Letters, Nov. 9). Why can’t they just take “yes” for an answer? Mr. Obama came to town, rallied the victims, announced details of government aid, and left.

The man is the president of the United States and has a country to lead and, as was his perfect right, a campaign to run. Was he required to personally hand over the aid? Did he have to surrender precious time before the election to satisfy the nitpickers?

Bernard Safier
New York, NY

Obama And Sandy (II)

President Obama was treated better by the media in the aftermath of Sandy than President Bush was after Katrina because the Louisiana victims were mostly minorities while Sandy devastated middle class whites.

Both the victims of Sandy and the victims of Katrina deserved better but to the liberal mind only minorities merit our sympathy.

Letters To The Editor

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

The Presidential Election

Thumbs Up On Editorial (I)

Congratulations on a well-written endorsement of Mitt Romney (“Mitt Romney for President,” editorial, Oct. 26).

Given a free hand if re-elected, Obama would, in my opinion, do a “Jimmy

Carter” – only worse, since the stakes have been considerably raised since then. In 1980,

the mullahs were holding a few dozen American hostages. Currently, they threaten the region and the world with the ghastly specter of a nuclear holocaust.

I trust the future of both the U.S. and Israel with Romney, not Obama.

Myron Hecker
New City, NY

Thumbs Up On Editorial (II)

I think you were right on point in your endorsement of Mitt Romney for president and in your concern that Israel will have a lot to lose if President Obama is reelected.

However, if Obama should be reelected, I sincerely hope to look back a year from now and say that you and I were very wrong.

Ruth Greenberg
(Via E-Mail)

Thumbs Down On Editorial (I)

You wax so eloquent in opposing the reelection of President Obama yet fail to appreciate how your opposition to Obama and support of Romney really amounts to nothing more than a logical leap.

Early on in the editorial you acknowledged that “there are those who can and do point to several pro-Israel actions President Obama has taken as being indicative of fundamental support for the Jewish state on his part. Indeed, some of those actions are unprecedented.”

Yet you then followed with, “HHowever, we believe it is clear that Mr. Obama came into office determined to significantly altered downward the decades-long special relationship between the U.S. and Israel….”

To be sure, you draw on the president’s personal history and general statements about foreign policy over time, which you interpret as supporting your theory. But it is just a theory and not necessarily more valid than the theories of those who see some of the president’s pro-Israel actions as leading to a contrary conclusion.

Noam Blum
(Via E-Mail)

Thumbs Down On Editorial (II)

I find it difficult to understand how you can so casually dismiss some of the significant things President Obama has done for Israel, which, as you noted, “have included supporting Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system; backing Israel during the controversies over the Goldstone Report and the Gaza flotilla fiasco; and opposing the Palestinians’ efforts for a unilateral declaration of statehood….”

As they say, these are not small potatoes.

I cannot deny that your arguments against the president raised some questions. But I believe that despite the absolute demonization of Obama that has become so commonplace in much of the Orthodox community (at least The Jewish Press made its case against the president without resorting to calumny, hyperbole and unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo), Romney represents more of a wild card in terms of Israel than does Obama.

Michael Gross
Los Angeles, CA

Get Out And Vote

Your editorial in support of Gov. Romney for president was well reasoned and persuasive. However, it represents only half the equation. Knowing that President Obama must be defeated is important. Equally important, though, especially for Jewish voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, is acting upon that knowledge and showing up to vote next Tuesday, November 6.

The outcome in any one of those states may be so close that the vote of any single reader could determine the outcome in that state. In turn, that state could decide the national election.

May each reader of The Jewish Press exercise his power to affect our destiny. While we must all pray and say Tehillim for Israel, it is also essential to vote to remove Obama from office.

Mark Fishman
Fairfield, CT

Don’t Sit This One Out

The upcoming presidential election is the most crucial one of our lifetime. (Yes, we always say this, but this time it really is true.) Anyone paying attention to current events is aware of the runaway $16 trillion deficit spending by the federal government, and the debt with which our children and grandchildren will be burdened. Under Obama, taxes are sure to rise – for those who still have jobs.

And to those who have joined the entitlement culture and like the status quo – trust me, the money is running out.

Flood of Chabad Outreach After Sandy

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Despite damage and loss of power, Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy are redoubling their efforts to reach out in their communities and provide a helping hand to Jews in need.

According to a report on Chabad.org, Chabad rabbis are keeping their Chabad houses open and functional, even without electricity.

Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Atlantic County, is keeping tabs on his community through social media, and has been sighted riding around  the streets of Atlantic City, NJ on a construction truck stocked with provisions such as food and water.  His Chabad House has erected a makeshift soup kitchen without electricity, and is sending volunteers to provide whatever assistance they can throughout the community.  Rabbi Rapoport has even established a relief fund to provide financial assistance to victims of the storm.

He’s even planning a communal Shabbat dinner this week.

Rabbi Yisroel Stone, co-director of Chabad of the Lower East Side in Manhattan, reported a total lack of power and water in his chabad house, but has been providing rides and food to Jews in the area.

In Long Beach, N.Y., Rabbi Eli Goodman said his family is safe, but their apartment is destroyed. The water in the synagogue’s social hall is “head high” said Goodman, director of Chabad of the Beaches and educational director of the local Bach Jewish Center.

The Chabad House of South Brunswick, NJ will be postponing its 10th anniversary celebration to focus on providing relief assistance, dropping off the kosher food meant for the party around town instead, for those in need.

Volunteers for the Rabbinical College of America-Chabad Headquarters of New Jersey and its Rutgers Jewish Outreach program also handed out kosher food, in their case to students of Rutgers who had been evacuated from their dorms.

Senior citizens also saw a ray of light courtesy of Chabad, with Chanie Zaklikovsky of the Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe, NJ distributing self-heating kosher meals at the local senior center on Wednesday.

Rabbi Zalman Duchman and his family, of Chabad of Roosevelt Island, NY, spent their post-hurricane time offering support to the elderly, even inviting patients from the long-term medical facility on the island over for a lunch.

El Al Cancels 3 Flights to NY

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Due to Hurricane Sandy, El Al has canceled 3 flights to New York.

Flights 001, 027, and 007 (Tuesday) have been canceled, as well as return flights to Tel Aviv.

El Al is allowing passengers on the canceled flights to reschedule to different flights, at no extra charge.

The Most Impressive First Name

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Classic Story received from friend of the blog, AS.

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik opened his Shabbos Shuva drasha as follows:

I flew to Tampa, Florida a few weeks ago for the Republican National Convention. When I arrived, I was escorted into a large room where all the Convention speakers of the day gathered along with Congressman, Senators, Governors and other politicians.

A woman approached me, stared at me, and then asked “Who are you??”

I responded politely, “I am Meir Soloveichik.”.

“Are you from Florida,” she asked.

“No,” I said, “I am from NY”.

She looked puzzled and confused, which I found confusing, since I figured most people knew there were a lot of Jews who lived in NY. Anyway, she smiled and walked away. She then approached me again just a few moments later with her husband.

She said to me, “Meir Soloveichik — I’d like to introduce you to my husband, Congressman Walker.”

The Congressman and I shook hands.

Then the woman asked, “Can you please tell me what city in NY you are the Mayor (Meir) of??”‘

(After the KJ Congregation roared with laughter, Rabbi Soloveichik continued as follows…)

‘And that, Ladies and Gentleman, was the first time in my life that a person was more impressed with my first name than my last name!!!’

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