Here are a few very fragmentary jottings. I am, by the way, reluctantly,
against publicizing private problems of Jewish leaders.
TIKKUN: came into existence as a kind of anti-Commentary, a journal
whose motto might be "nothing antisemitic is alien to us." It also affords
a relatively harmless outlet for the untidy passions of its founder
and editor, the buffoonish Michael (of Meaning) Lerner.
FORWARD: I ceased subscribing to this shortly after Lipsky was dumped
for his deviations from orthodox Jewish liberalism and replaced by Goldberg.
There is something outrageous about a Jewish newspaper that employs
as a regular columnist someone (Leonard Fein) whose great moment in
life was being fed breakfast by Yasser Arafat. People do sometimes send
me good things in the paper--the occasional piece by Cynthia Ozick or
Ruth Wisse or Alan Nadler--but for the most part the Forward seems a
Jewish-accented version of NYTimes fundamentalism, evident in its assumption
that homosexuality and abortion are the great Jewish desiderata and
that Judaism follows an arrow-straight course from Sinai to the left
wing of the Democratic Party. Another irritating feature of the Forward
is its beggar-like gratitude for any public demonstration of, or even
allusion to, Jewishness by celebrities, especially Hollywood airheads.
COMMENTARY remains indispensable, though I preferred it before I had
become persona non grata there. It is the most potent and articulate
voice for Israel, which certainly can use such voices, and for Jewish
JEWISH VOICE AND OPINION (of Englewood, New Jersey): Although graphically
hideous, this paper provides a remarkable amount of useful material
in nearly every issue, and its editor also has a winning sense of humor.