Entries by Tabitha Korol

The Metropalistan Opera

This column is a follow up to my recent article “We have MET the Enemy“. Canceling the simulcast of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer” does not exculpate any of the personnel affiliated with the opera if the show will be presented on stage as scheduled.  Because Peter  Gelb acknowledged the “genuine concern in the international Jewish community,” he is not […]

We have MET the Enemy

TO: The Metropolitan Opera Attn: Peter Sellars, Peter Gelb, Nicole Halton, Susan Hayes To the Staff of the Metropolitan Opera: During World War II, a violinist dressed in military uniform went to play for the servicemen in a United States Army hospital in Italy.  As he entered a ward designated for young men who had recently […]

Pope Francis: “Tear down this Wall” around the Vatican

“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” – Matthew 7:20 The Israeli security barrier certainly causes much contention. Despite the enormous length and breadth of China’s Great Wall, Israel’s protective shield is much debated. Although Saudi Arabia’s $700 million electrified wall is grander, Israel’s is more maligned. Thailand’s 75 km barrier with Malaysia was […]

Council on American Islamic Relations visits Franciscan Sisters

Good Friday 2011 Franciscan Sisters Silent Walk for Peace through the City of Little Falls, MN. Photo by Sister Mary Lou. The  Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls were visited by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, aka CAIR, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).  These trained public relations groups reach out to the under informed, accommodating citizens, […]

The Commonizing of Common Core

Patrick O’Donnell’s Cleveland Plain Dealer articles of April 17 and 20, regarding Common Core, stated that our educators were surprised that Common Core tests were tough. Why did these people in positions of trust accept the new curriculum before evaluating the complete package and its potential damage? The payoffs far outweighed all other considerations, including the […]

Interfaith Dialogue and “The Maltz Maneuver”

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presented an interfaith dialogue, “Do Not hate Your Brother In Your Heart, How Interfaith Cooperation Builds Compassion, Respect and Understanding.”  Participants were Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk of Beachwood’s Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and Imam Mohammed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), who have been leading initiatives […]

An Open Letter to Brandeis University

Dear Brandeis University faculty, I used to admire your University; my son-in-law is a Brandeis graduate, so how could you have allowed a takeover by CAIR?.  How could you have permitted them to usurp all the authority and withdraw your offer to one of the heroines of the modern generation!  What a black eye on […]

Florida Term Limits: Appellate court sides with Pinellas scofflaws

“Affirmed.” That is the only explanation that the Second District Court of Appeals gave voters for their acquiescence to Pinellas County commissioners to ignore the 8-year term limits law approved overwhelmingly by voters in 1996.  The decision was rendered on April 16. Of the 20 charter — or “home rule” — counties that have the […]

Minneapolis: From Hijab to Jihad

Did Minneapolis’s democrat Mayor Betsy Hodges not get it? This was no game, not dress-up playtime or Carnival. Then I wondered if she ever found occasion to dress in the ethnic clothing of her city’s other ethnicities – the Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes, English, Polish, Irish, French Canadians, Native Americans? Perhaps she had not done her homework […]

Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” — But Not for NPR’s Rick Steves

One radio station that I seldom listen to, in order to keep my blood pressure at its normal low, is NPR, National Public Radio, which I once renamed, “Notorious for Palestinian Revisionism.”  However, while surfing the stations the other day, I paused at NPR long enough to hear, “settlements,” a term exclusive to Israel’s housing developments.  Someone was spewing the […]

Malmo, Sweden: “L’enlevement d’Europe” – The Rape of Europa

Sweden is the seventh richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita and its high standard of living.  It is famous for supporting the Norwegian resistance during World War II; for helping to rescue Danish Jews from deportation to concentration camps; and for its native son, Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued up to 100,000 Hungarian Jews […]

A Quest for Commonality

The Adult Catholic Education program, held recently at a local Catholic parish hall, was entitled, “Under Abraham’s Tent: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the World Today.” The evening, designed to “foster peaceful relationships” of three religions through their shared patriarch, Abraham, attracted about 200 guests. The first speaker, Rabbi “J,” related the story of Abram, […]