The New York Times needs a Jewish ombudsman

He or she must not be merely person of Jewish descent but someone who is a Torah educated Jew.

Some basic background: It is a fundamental tenet of Jewish faith that Jews voluntarily and without condition or hesitation accepted the Torah as a gift from God at Mt. Sinai. The Torah states that God promised the “land” to them. Knowledge and observance of the Torah and a recognition of Israel as their ancestral home has sustained the Jewish people over the millennia in the absence of a common vernacular or territory and in the face of worldwide dispersion. The modern sate of Israel, created in 1948, fulfilled that recognition.

The New York Times writes about support for Israel as if it was a communicable disease.

It covers Israeli dissidents and anti-government politicians as if they were John Brown abolitionists.

It downplays Israel’s achievements in agriculture, commerce, technology and its every life affirming endeavor.

It characterizes terrorists as “protestors”, spins the “equivalency” meme and portrays Israel, in it measured response to incendiary kites and invasive tunnels, as a totalitarian aggressor.

It fails to objectively write about the anti-Semitic proclamations of its faves. Anti-Jewish racism is accepted as a fact of everyday (liberal) life.

If the New York Times wrote about any other religious or ethnic group the way it wrote about Jews there would be an outcry.  Here, as many (if not most) of the writers have Jewish sounding surnames, (deliberate assignments?) the charge of anti-Semitism is somewhat muted. Having a “blum” or a “stein” at the end of one’s name does not make one knowledgeable about the Jewish religion, the Jewish people, the importance of Israel to Jews. Torah educated Jews know that if a Jew rejects Israel, he/she rejects the Torah and while they remain a Jew, they are a compromised and inauthentic spokesman for or about the Jewish people or Jewish identity and values.

I propose that an expert be appointed to advise the New York Times of Jewish history, practices, philosophy.

Call any Chabad rabbi or rebbetzin. They’d be glad to help.

 

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her book. FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.
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