The noxious notion of Jewish privilege

In March, anti-Semitic posters were spread across the University of Illinois at Chicago attacking “white privilege” and going further by charging that white privilege is primarily “Jewish privilege.” Mockingly the posters ask: “Is the 1 [percent] straight white men” or “is the 1 [percent] Jewish?” The poster’s harangue has a dark, stated presumption: “Ending white… Read More

Trump abroad

According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump “pressured” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace negotiations during his trips to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Tillerson didn’t disclose what kind of pressure it was, and Trump never publicly disclosed his vision for Middle East peace. In fact, Trump… Read More

A nastier, more brutish budget

National Jewish organizations are notoriously prolific when it comes to issuing press releases. So the near silence that followed the issuance of President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget on May 23 was surprising. In general terms, the budget raises defense spending at the expense of social programs and argues that it will pay for itself… Read More

Letters June 1, 2017

An inspirational mitzvah project Thank you so much, Washington Jewish Week, for printing this wonderful piece about Ethan Greeley’s bar mitzvah project (“This Bethesda teen did his bar mitzvah project halfway around the world,” Bar & Bat Mitzvah Planner, May 25). Hopefully, this story will inspire other students to reach and help beyond the world… Read More

Unlocking the power of a blessing

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89. “God bless you!” People often say these words, and not just when somebody sneezes. Yet I wonder how many think about what they mean, or where their power comes from. One source is in this week’s Torah portion, in which God instructs the priests… Read More

People count, so don’t count people

Special to WJW This week’s Torah portion is Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1 – 4:20. Without telling me, my 9-year-old son put a new screen saver on my computer. I discovered it this morning when I turned on the machine and the USS Enterprise of Star Trek appeared. My first thought was, “How did he gain access… Read More

Dear President Macron: It’s time to reinforce France’s ties with Israel

In the French presidential campaign just concluded, discussion of foreign policy was largely forgotten. Nonetheless, Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, faces several critical global issues, among them the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. If France would like to play a role, she must rebuild the credibility that was diminished in January when the Paris Peace Conference concluded… Read More