Letters | Shavuot and Donald Trump


Not Enough Shavuot Coverage

Shavuot is a major Jewish holiday. It is one of the three yearly pilgrimage and agricultural festivals, along with Passover and Sukkot, and on Shavuot we celebrate the giving of the Ten Commandments.

You wouldn’t know this from the June 6 issue. On the front page there was a panel which listed for Shavuot “Ice Cream, Cheesecake and Milkshakes — Choices abound for the dairy-centric holiday” and referred people to page 12.

On page 12, there was a paragraph on the connection of dairy foods to Shavuot near the beginning of a two-page spread on places to buy dessert (“The Great Dairy Investigation of 2019”) in the Philadelphia area. There was no other article on Shavuot in this issue or the previous one, and Shavuot was not mentioned in the community calendar.

There is a lot more to Shavuot than dessert.

Finley Shapiro | Wynnewood

No, Trump Is Not Great

Oy vey. We can go back and forth over the merits of Donald Trump from here to your neighborhood deli and back. You can have your opinion, and I will have mine. But when someone once again says Trump is wonderful because his daughter married a Jew and converted to Judaism, I must respond. The letter writer on June 13 (“Trump is Great”) also tells us he is 92 years old. I suppose his age is supposed to impart wisdom. I am 73 years old, and I do not believe that Trump is a “breath of fresh air” as the writer suggests. I do not believe that putting children in cages or saying that white supremacists are “fine” people are the actions of someone to be admired.

Sheryl Kalick | Philadelphia


  1. Sheryl, I respect you’re dislike of Trump, but I don’t respect your phony facts. Trump didn’t put children in cages nor did he say white supremacists are fine people. I know you’ve heard this over and over, but it’s still false. The picture of those kids was taken during the Obama administration and the Trump-hating media used it to attack the president. On Charlottesville, he wasn’t talking about the Nazis and KKKers when he said that but rather about the people who were there to keep the statues of Civil War soldiers from being removed. Think for one minute; his kids and grandkids are Jewish. Do you think he likes Nazis who hate all Jews? Trump is a conservative and a Republican, and he fights back when attacked. That’s why the left hates him and have slimed him for 2 1/2 years. Don’t swallow the propaganda whole.

  2. l must reply to Sheryl Kalick’s letter re: President Trump in the June 20 Exponent.
    I am an 88-year-old former Democrat, who had voted for every Democrat president from Stevenson in 1952 until Kerry in 2004.
    if Miss Kalick checks her facts, she would see that the current Democrat Party is being run by anti-Israel and anti-Jewish members of Congress.
    President Trump has acknowledged that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the Golan Heights are now a part of Israel. When the Israeli prime minister spoke before Congress, 56 members of Congress boycotted his speech, all Democrats. Where are the Jewish Democrats in Congress? Why don’t they speak out after the Democrat representatives from Minnesota and Michigan came out with vile anti-Semitic tirades? It’s about time Jewish voters don’t vote like their parents and grandparents, and abandon the fascist wing of this Democrat Party.


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