ISRAELI WOMEN IN POLITICS
FEMALES IN POWER
Thank you to Eetta Prince-Gibson and Moment for shining a light on the challenges female candidates face in Israeli politics ("The Equality Myth," May/June 2018). It seems that no matter their party, Israeli women continue to experience gender-based discrimination. Americans can certainly relate to Tzipi Livni's comment that, in public life, "I realize how difficult it is to accept strong women." Whether the gender gap in Israeli elections continues or changes is yet to be seen.
UP A DOWN ESCALATOR
When I lived in Tel Aviv between 1982 and 1987, I discovered the stifling functions of Orthodox control on personal status and masculine definitions of national security--both bulwarks against female equality. I admire and support the work mentioned in this article and other Israeli women committed to making Israel a more just society. They are bravely trudging up a down escalator motored, in part, by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who says her "essence as a feminist" means she does not have to focus on women's issues. Biology as destiny is a risky way to administer justice, for men as well as women.
SEVEN DECADES OF ISRAELI ART
IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST
"Seven Decades of Israeli Art" (May/June 2018) is a wonderful in-print exhibition--offering more detailed background information than one generally gets at a museum. It's an example of the care Moment takes to create a first-rate editorial experience.
Moshe Kupferman's 1957 work brought back an important childhood memory. As a young girl in the late 1950s and early 1960s attending a yeshiva, I remember being aware that my Hebrew school teachers, most of whom had "old-world" accents, were serious and also seemed sad. Years later I realized they, like all of us then, were operating in the shadows of the Holocaust and that many had barely escaped, leaving behind homes and families they'd never see again. The artist's central concealment theme in his art was certainly apt, reminding me of my teachers who, despite tragedy, showed up to work, teach and contribute.
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CIVILITY AND THE INTERNET
As an "older millennial," I found one part of Ira N. Forman's piece ("The Danger of Polarizing Anti-Semitism," May/June 2018) incomplete. Forman's solution to new American anti-Semitism is for both political parties, their constituents and most importantly all of "civil...