Dear Mr. Klarman

You made my day. Ever since I recently decided to start blogging for Times of Israel, in the back of my mind, I wondered who my “boss” was supporting in the 2016 elections. God knows, I’ve made my feelings clear.

In some respects, we are opposites. My dad begged me to study economics and even computers, when they were still the size of an entire classroom. He was a forward-thinking man; Future Shock by Alvin Toffler was pretty much his bible.

But I was in love with poetry and the arts and never became passionate about money. I might have some regrets on that score.

It seems fitting that originally Toffler was inspired by poets. I’ve been giving him some thought lately, especially since I started blogging for TOI. Essentially, I’m now a part of the Prosumer industry he envisioned 36 years ago.

Toffler certainly made his mark on this world. He was innovative and fearless, in the best possible way. His passing last week is a major cultural loss.

However, I have a strong intuition and hope that with Hillary’s win, the world will undergo a profound shift. The poetry of kindness will become a priority.

To that end, Times of Israel has ultimately strengthened the worldwide Jewish community, precisely because, like you, it is independent. No matter where we are on the religious or political spectrum, we can find something to trust in TOI.

I’ve grappled with my spiritual connection to the Jewish homeland for more than 40 years. It’s been an evolution. I’ve discovered that having chosen to make my life here in the States, I have become even more devoted to the notion of what it is to be an American Jew than I ever thought possible.

I cannot overlook the fact that as a democratic nation, Israel is still controlled by the most patriarchal, discriminatory aspects of Judaism. That is not the Israel I had looked to when I was a young girl. I am optimistic that I will see that turn around in my lifetime.

And now, thanks to you and Mr. Horovitz, I am part of a profound social communication experiment as a blogger for TOI. Often I feel like a small voice in the night, largely overlooked and ignored. Even most of my dearest friends are not as obsessed with feminism, politics, spirituality, or poetry. I’m not exactly in a lucrative niche market.

But I feel I am making the effort to put my education and life experiences to good use. I am part of a cadre of other thinking, feeling human beings, observing and reflecting on the American Jewish experience, helping to make smaller the distance between the Diaspora and Israel. Maybe each word is moving the needle, even if just by the effort.

And so I am absolutely thrilled to learn that you are wholeheartedly and financially supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency. We are in this great endeavor together.

Too often the muck and scourge of Trump’s rhetoric and lies take over and drowns out Hillary’s thoughtful, effective policy plans. But in a moment such as this, when I see you using your power and influence for good, I am reminded of the pure joy I feel in Hillary’s candidacy.

I’m not entirely surprised, because after all, you have built your career on investing in value, and this premise is a key component of Hillary’s economic platform. And relatively quiet and modest, you could not be more opposite to Donald Trump in character. Plus, you seem really level-headed and sane.

Nonetheless, it is a welcome relief, uplifting really, when moral and ethical considerations go hand in hand with wealth. Really, it could be said, you are actually the anti-Trump.

So, I will make one request. I would like to see Times of Israel initiate and use its full investigatory capacities to reveal the truth about what is really going on with Donald Trump. I think we all deserve and need to stop the endless speculation and get to the facts. While I fully understand you have no editorial role, and this is under the excellent purview of David Horovitz, I think this project would be a worthwhile investment, perhaps even a moral imperative.

Wishing you continued success and happiness. I’m really happy and grateful to be on the same team. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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About the Author
Dana is a Jewish feminist, writer and poet. She is passionate about her daughter, love, kindness, spirituality, the artist's voice, and speaking out for the vulnerable. She lives in Music City, Nashville, TN.
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