Trump Is Not an Anti-Semite
Myron Bassman falsely and absurdly claims President Donald Trump is an anti-Semite (Kvetch ’N’ Kvell, Aug. 15).
Trump has moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem; recognized the Golan Heights as sovereign Jewish land; threw the Jew-hating Israelophobic terrorist PLO out of their Washington offices; ended all aid to the anti-Israel Palestinian Authority, UN Human Rights Council and UNRWA; stopped promoting a dangerous, terrorist Palestinian state; appointed strong supporters of Israel like U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Ambassador David Friedman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Chief John Bolton and Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.
Trump has also repeatedly condemned anti-Semitism, white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis. He visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where the anti-Semitic massacre took place and invited to the White House the Chabad rabbi whose synagogue endured an attack. And he proudly talks about his Orthodox Jewish daughter and grandchildren.
Twice, Trump was the grand marshal of the NYC Israel Day Parade.
President Trump is the opposite of an anti-Semite. He loves Jewish people and the Jewish state. He has been the greatest president for the Jewish state of Israel ever.
Morton A. Klein, national president, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) | Merion
Op-Ed Emphasizes Synagogues’ Lifelong Value
Max Weisman’s Aug. 8 piece, “Why Millennials Are Opting Out of Synagogue,” ironically epitomizes the undeniable role shuls play in raising Jewish children into adults who continue to connect to the rituals and teachings of Judaism in their adulthood.
Weisman shares that he doesn’t currently attend synagogue but maintains a strong sense of Jewish identity and even observes some Jewish rituals. He did, however, attend synagogue growing up.
Although I don’t know Weisman, I am almost certain that if it weren’t for his synagogue-based upbringing, he wouldn’t be as connected to his Judaism as he is now. Acknowledging this fact is key to appreciating the lifelong value synagogues have on shaping Jewish people who are connected to their Judaism.
As a believer in synagogues, I view Weisman’s situation as a testimony not to the failure, but to the success of the synagogue. The paramount aim of a synagogue should be to support people in living meaningful lives through the framework of the precious tradition we call “Judaism.”
To that end, I urge Weisman to continue to live his life in the manner that feels most Jewishly meaningful to him, even if that doesn’t include attending synagogue. Yet, I have one request: Mr. Weisman: If/when you and your wife decide to have a child, please, join a synagogue and involve your child in institutional Jewish life. He or she may one day decide that, like you, synagogue involvement isn’t the most meaningful expression of his or her Judaism.
Yet every Jewish child deserves a shul-based upbringing, because, as exemplified by your personal story, and despite popular belief, synagogues remain effective, dare I say essential, in raising people who care about and live Judaism.
Julian Brenman | Lower Merion
It is a bit ironic (and, perhaps, a poor layout choice) that the end of “Veganism is a core Jewish Value” on Aug. 29 is in the column that abuts the page whose first entry is a recipe for lamb burgers. Someone’s unconscious reaction to veganism?
Linda Fein | Philadelphia