Yet More on Jewish Values
Jewish values are neither conservative nor liberal, neither Democratic nor Republican (“Letters,” June 6). The sad fact is that there are no “Jewish values” anymore; rather, there is an amorphous salad of disparate disconnected opinions.
Some think abortion right up to birth and beyond, free health care, Trump derangement syndrome, open borders, radical environmentalism are all right there clearly written in the Bible, but so far nobody can show me where.
Not too long ago, I thought all Jews saw supporting Israel’s survival as a Jewish value, but even that is no longer true. The fact is you can no longer demand obeisance to any belief from your fellow Jews, regardless of how important it is to you. Politics has become so toxic, so deranged, so malignant and emotional that just the fact that we disagree on almost any topic sends some of us into a fury.
Here’s the bottom line: There are people out there who want us all dead, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican, and your opinions on anything won’t change their minds. Let’s agree to disagree without being disagreeable.
Stephen Heitner | Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
I love ice cream and enjoyed “The Great Dairy Investigation of 2019” (June 6), but I was disappointed that what I think is the prime dairy dish of Shavuot — cheese blintzes — did not get one mention. All dairy restaurants had it on the top of every menu and, in fact, a short-lived one in Philly was named after that wonderful and tasty entree.
Maybe it is because such restaurants do not exist anymore or that the staff could not find anywhere else where it may be served. At least I hope that there are those who make it at home. I would hate to see it disappear.
Leon Kellerman | Philadelphia
Trump Is Great
I am concerned at your analysis of the Jewish vote in the May 30 Exponent (“Jewish Voters Concerned With Domestic Issues Ahead of 2020”) and the negativity toward Trump that it shows.
I am a 92-year-old Jewish man who has always been active in Jewish affairs and after eight years of Obama, Trump is like a breath of fresh air. Trump’s own daughter, Ivanka, married Jared Kushner and became Jewish by taking his religion. Kushner is now one of Trump’s closest advisors. Contrary to prior presidents, Trump moved the American embassy to Jerusalem. When he became president, he got us out of the Iran treaty. Iran had been using monies they received from the treaty to arm Hamas and Hezbollah.
While The New York Times published anti-Semitic cartoons, and the Democrats refused to criticize Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib for their anti-Jewish rhetoric, Trump has been loyal to the Jewish electorate.
Jerome Cantor | Philadelphia