Letters for 7-4-13

What about Kar-Ben? Many fans of Kar-Ben Publishing were surprised that you gave credit to PJ Library for changing the “publishing industry” by publishing Jewish books for children (“The pleasures of reading,” WJW, May 30). Kar-Ben was started by Judye Groner and Madeline Wikler in 1974 with My Very Own Haggadah followed by other holiday-related… Read More

Letters from June 27, 2013

Not provocative There is a video going around Facebook of two haredim singing “Hotel California” at what, I assume, is Zion Square. It takes a few seconds to make sense of what is going on — two bearded men, one with an acoustic guitar, one with an electric guitar, singing about heroin addiction. But if… Read More

Letters from June 20, 2013

<b>Not ‘hindsight’</b> In your May 23 edition, Allan Lichtman, co-author of FDR and the Jews, said, “It’s easy to say [FDR] should have done something else [to help the Jews]. Everything can be perfect in hindsight.” Criticism of President Roosevelt’s policy regarding the Holocaust is not “hindsight.” There were many vocal critics at the time… Read More

P.A. Street

P.A. Street Marc Greidinger challenged me to visit J Street’s website (“Go to the website,” Letters, WJW, May 16). I took that challenge. To be sure the website offers politically correct support for the state of Israel, but, on page after page, J Street criticizes Israel, makes demands of Israel, while endorsing all things Arab…. Read More

FDR and the Coast Guard

FDR and the Coast Guard Your May 23 article “Rethinking Roosevelt” quoted Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman, authors of FDR and the Jews, as claiming that the Roosevelt administration did not send the Coast Guard to prevent the passengers of the refugee ship St. Louis from reaching America’s shore.

Worn-out formulas

Worn-out formulas Alan Elsner asks a pertinent question (“For peace, if not now, when?” WJW, May 16). Unfortunately, his answer takes no account of the real challenges faced by a democratic Israel amidst a sea of belligerent, autocratic regimes. Secretary of State Kerry’s peace mission is based on worn-out formulas that have proven to be… Read More

JCRC is a gem

JCRC is a gem On behalf of the 28 executives of our Federation’s partner agencies, day schools and Hillels, we join in supporting the sentiments expressed in Washington Jewish Week’s May 9 editorial “Our community’s gem in its Diamond Jubilee.” As The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington celebrates its 75th anniversary, we are… Read More

Logical errors

Logical errors The WJW editorial entitled “Jimmy Carter’s lesson” (April 18) contained two common logical errors. The first error, sometimes known as the false analogy, was WJW’s deduction that since Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke at Howard University, former President Jimmy Carter should be allowed to speak at Cardozo. The problem here is that the… Read More

Pleasing refutation

Pleasing refutation When I read the headline “J Street’s growing pains” (WJW, April 11), I braced myself for an ode to J Street. I was enormously pleased that the article provided refutation for each statement and assertion made J Street. A more appropriate headline would have been “J Street Exposed.” As Morton Klein of ZOA… Read More

Letters

Washington Jewish Week presents a sampling of comments from our website (washingtonjewishweek.com). Go to the website In his letter of May 8 entitled “Pleasing Refutation,” Melvin Farber appears to rely on comments by a spokesperson for the Zionist Organization of America for the proposition that J Street, an organization which grows every year in both… Read More