An extraordinary expression of family love

November 14 (the 25th of Cheshvan) was the 50th anniversary of my father’s death. On his death bed, my father, Louis Shapiro, expressed his love for his son in an unusual way. While at work in Ellenville, NY where I lived, I received the painful phone call from my sister Frances informing me that my… Read More

Maryland made the right choice on Israel

  Standing side by side with Jewish leaders from Baltimore and Montgomery counties, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order last month prohibiting all state agencies from entering into contracts or conducting official state business with companies engaged in a boycott of the State of Israel. Hogan is right to oppose discrimination in all its forms, including that which singles out… Read More

The cowardice of American Jewish academia

Last month, Alan Dershowitz gave a speech at the University of California, Berkeley in which he laid out the liberal case for Israel. Shortly thereafter, a cartoon appeared in the student newspaper that depicted Dershowitz with spider-like features, smiling as he sticks his head through a cardboard cutout. Behind the cardboard he stomps on a… Read More

Letters, Nov. 15, 2017

More requirements advocated for gun ownership If we must interpret the Second Amendment as giving citizens the right to own guns, then let’s at least make it a process that ensures would-be gun owners are responsible and knowledgeable in their use (“Las Vegas survivor at Capitol urging gun reform,” Nov. 9). Gun owners should, at… Read More

Challenges for the Democrats

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming-out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two… Read More

Priti Patel’s blunder

Americans consumed with domestic government and sex scandals can be forgiven for not being aware of the recurring scandals in the United Kingdom which are embroiling Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government. The latest concerns the now former secretary of state for international development, Priti Patel. A strong Israel supporter in a largely pro-Israel government,… Read More