In recent months, a number of professors and others have given interesting speeches at local synagogues. This article, about a talk by Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, the mayor of the town of Itamar, Israel, and his wife Leah, at Great Neck Synagogue, is the first in my series of discussions/critiques about these local synagogue talks. Itamar is the town where Palestinian terrorists recently brutally slaughtered a Jewish family, including a 3-month-old baby girl and two young boys. As the town’s mayor explained, the Palestinian attack was highly planned. Israel’s retention of Itamar and similar towns is essential to Israel’s security.
The proposed New York State property tax cap merely limits the rate of increase in local property taxes to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, and would merely prevent unnecessarily large increases in local budgets. Local spending is already significant and sufficient to assure Great Neck’s continuing high-quality facilities, especially since budgets may continue to increase modestly under the property tax cap proposal.
Great Neck resident Jeffrey Weisenfeld, a member of the City of New York Board of Trustees, deserves praise for bravely standing up at the CUNY Trustees’ meeting to oppose giving an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner. Kushner’s extreme, vicious, false anti-Israel views and screenplay, described in this article, made Kushner unworthy of an honorary degree.