Letters, March 23, 2016

AIPAC made poor choice AIPAC shouldn’t be surprised at the fury over its invitation to Donald Trump to speak at its conference (“Clinton, Trump bringing roadshow to AIPAC,” WJW, March 17). With his appeal to the dark side of the American character, Trump is in a class of his own. Today it’s immigrants, African-Americans, women… Read More

Letters, March 16, 2016

Credit due Sarah Stern for spearheading legislation In a letter published March 3 (“EMET takes the credit at the expense of ZOA,” WJW), Dr. Michael Goldblatt, chairman of the board, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), wrote that I “falsely” claimed that Sarah Stern, the founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET),… Read More

Letters, March 9, 2016

Not mourning Scalia As a proud American Jew, I do not mourn the passing of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia  (“How Justice Scalia’s death impacts 5 cases that matter to Jews,” “Large shoes to fill,” WJW, Feb. 18). Contra Sen. Ted Cruz (Facebook posting), Justice Scalia was anything but “an unrelenting defender of religious liberty.” His… Read More

Letters, March 2, 2016

Innovative siddur not first since 1985 The article reviewing the publication of the Rabbinical Assembly’s newest prayer book, Siddur Lev Shalem (“While some try new prayer book, others wait for theirs,” WJW, Feb. 25), was a most welcome one. Siddur Lev Shalem is a beautifully written and significant addition to the 21st century Jewish prayer… Read More

ADL compiles directory of anti-Semites for candidates

NEW YORK — The Anti-Defamation League sent the presidential candidates a list of racists whose endorsements it said they should reject, a day after Donald Trump wavered in disavowing white supremacist David Duke. The ADL issued the informational list on Monday, and said it had shared it with all the candidates along with information on… Read More

Letters, Feb. 24, 2016

Crème and brulée Recently deceased Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (“The Court’s Jewish Gentile,” Voices, WJW, Feb. 18) was identified with a legal theory of the Constitution known as originalism. Jewish history has had its own encounter with such an approach to textual interpretation in the form of the anti-rabbinic movement/heresy known as Karaism. According… Read More

Letters, Feb. 17, 2016

FDR’s indifference A book review in the Feb. 11 issue (“A rabbi both revered and divisive,” WJW) speculated that “America in the 1930s and 40s was probably too traumatized by the Great Depression and too anti-Semitic to open its gates to Jewish immigrants or risk losing pilots and planes to bomb Auschwitz.” Actually, domestic anti-Semitism… Read More

Letters, Feb. 10, 2016

Obama, practice what you preach I find it disturbing and disingenuous to read that President Barack Obama compares gun violence to freedom of religion. In the editorial “Balance of rights” (WJW, Jan. 14), Obama states that “the right to worship freely and safely … was denied to Christians in Charleston, S.C. — and to Jews… Read More

Letters, Feb. 3, 2016

Fresh perspective on grants for synagogue security welcome I want to commend you on your story on the Union for Reform Judaism’s perspective on Homeland Security funding for synagogue security (“Some synagogues don’t want free federal money,” WJW, Jan. 21). I helped my temple apply for one of those grants and found it interesting to… Read More

Letters, Jan. 28, 2016

Give Obama a break I take exception to the editorial “Obama’s regret” (WJW, Jan. 21). Please understand what the political climate has been from Day 1 of the Obama presidency. In 2008 he was elected by a wide margin after campaigning on an ambitious agenda of hope and change (as Sarah Palin likes to remind… Read More