Letters Week of Nov. 24, 2010

Why Not Stay for 'Tea'? He Says It'll Do You Good

Henry Seigel's inflammatory letter regarding the Tea Party ("One Thing's Clear: Tea Party Isn't Friend of Jews," Nov. 18) is sickening. Using the term "pork chop preacher" is beyond the pale.

For the record, Mr. Seigel, if not for the 60 million evangelicals — all those "pork chop preachers" — Israel would be in serious trouble. Belittling Eric Cantor as the only Republican Jew in Congress is disgusting. When 80 percent of Jews vote blindly Democratic against Jewish interests, having Republican Cantor in a prominent position is a plus.

Independent surveys show that Democrats harbor anti- Semitic sentiments and sympathy for the Palestinians. More than 80 percent of Republicans are pro-Israel. Israelis, by a 31/2-to-1 margin, favor the Republican Party.

It is time for my Jewish brethren to worry more about the survival of Israel than about pro-choice.

Jerome Cantor


Attacks on Liberalism: Unhealthy for the Jews

The attack on George Soros as a malefactor who funds liberal causes is part of a longstanding campaign to demonize the idea of liberalism (Nation & World: "Glenn Beck Finds Himself Under Fire Over Comments About George Soros," Nov. 18).

Such attacks are harmful to American governance and to the well-being of the Jewish people.

Although liberalism is slandered from the fringes as communistic, anti-God, valueless and un-American, the core idea of liberalism has to do with open-minded solutions and freely seeking the best of past traditional wisdom, and also pragmatically innovating new approaches, as did the founding fathers of this country.

One might say that those whose first response to a problem is to search for innovation should be deemed liberals, while those whose first instinctive response is to look to how those who came before us might have responded should be deemed conservatives. Good government and a healthy democracy needs both approaches.

True conservatives are not at war with liberalism, and respect the tradition of respectful dialogue between innovators and traditionalists.

Democracy is weakened and menaced by those ideologues, like Mr. Beck, who would label open-minded people who seek solutions for the general good as enemies of the sacred.

Jerrold C. Bonn
Elkins Park


She's a Regular Sarah Bernhardt, You Know!

I always thought my family were the only ones who called me "Sarah Bernhardt," when growing up in the 1940s (Books & Writers: "The 'Great Actress,' Nov. 18). Honestly, I had no idea who she was!

I thought it hilarious to think of all the emotional, dramatic, little ones being referred to in that way.

Thanks for telling us so much more about this once famous actress and her amazing stardom. I'm now eager to read the biography.

Barbara Miller
Sent via e-mail


We Jews Are All Part of Larger Historic Picture

As I was attending the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of American Jewish History at Independence Mall last week (Cover Story: "All Cheers on Deck as Museum Says 'Shalom,' " Nov. 18), unbeknownst to me, I was in store for a major surprise.

While touring the museum, immediately after the dedication, I saw what looked like my sister's confirmation photo mounted on the same wall as such notable Jews as Elie Wiesel, Judith Rudnick and Barbra Streisand.

Hastily, I yanked my camera from its case, preparing to shoot photos of the display entitled "New Faces," when it occurred to me that the photograph was probably not of my sister, but someone who resembled her.

Hesitatingly, I approached the picture to see the name on the photo. It was indeed, Sondra Wenick — my sister.

Although we may not have done anything historic, nevertheless, we Jews are all a part of a remarkable history.

Steve Wenick

Cherry Hill, N.J.


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