New Editor Too Left-Wing, Not Attentive to Hamentaschen
I was appalled, astonished and, even more, saddened and scared that in the March 14 issue of the Jewish Exponent there was no mention of the recent events that had occurred in our country’s capital. You cannot imagine how I waited all week to see how our community would respond to the ugly words we heard in the halls of Congress, words triggered by even uglier words from a duly elected representative, Ilhan Omar. But not a word.
If this is what it means to be Jewish in Philadelphia, I might have to be counted out. I can’t abide those who claim any leadership capacity while remaining silent. What has happened to you? Have you no responsibility to speak up when things are amiss? Or are you too Democratic (as in Democratic Party members) that you fear repercussions?
And, to add insult to injury, imagine the shock when I read it’s recommended I bake “cookies” and not hamentaschen (“Cookie-Making for Purim with Young Bakers,” March 14)! Hey, at least include hamentaschen as an alternative. Are you going to recommend challah baking for Pesach?!
Linda S. Herman | Philadelphia
New Editor Too Right-Wing, Getting Old
Years ago, when I was regularly reading Liz Spikol in the Philadelphia Weekly, I could not have imagined that 1) a time will come when she’d be the editor-in-chief of the Exponent (congrats for that!) and 2) that when she’d publish an article written by the former mayor of a West Bank settlement, she’d refer to that settlement as “Shiloh, Israel.”
Since I do not recall ever seeing such a blatantly right-wing statement in the Exponent other than inside an opinion piece, this merits a “wow.” I guess it’s true what they say about what happens to many of us when we get older …
Ben Joseph | Philadelphia
No Foolin’ This Time
Re: the Exponent’s 2019 Purim spiel [March 14], when I was a kid growing up in Wynnefield in the ’50s, I came across the name of Hubert Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Jr. in the phone book. Friends and I would occasionally prank call him and then hang up. His name appears to have been several letters longer than Ms. Rubinitvitzkyman-Satzbergerkatzbaum — and had no hyphens.
Jay S. Rosen | Boca Raton, Florida