The Two Way Street: Mar Cheshvan — The Bitter Month
How bitter to read about prominent American Jews like Peter Beinart being detained at Ben Gurion Airport for voicing views contrary to Israeli government policy. These and other bitter policies and practices offend our morals and move Israel further from peace and from us. More and more, our rabbis are summoning the courage to condemn these outrages -- formerly discussed and informally debated at onegs and in Jewish homes -- from their pulpits. Rabbis Franken, Zemel and others care deeply about Israel and so they speak up, despite the factions that wish everyone would look the other way, while Israel, like brother Esau, sells its birthright.