Letters to Irving Greenberg, United States Holocaust Memorial Council chair

My letters to Irving Greenberg:

@  Letter 01   04-Sep-2000   What is the meaning of the Waiting in Line photograph?
@  Letter 02   29-Jan-2001   Further misuse of the Waiting in Line photograph
@  Letter 03   15-Feb-2001   Forged in a hurry
@  Letter 04   11-Mar-2001   Tkachuk fails to recognize Marchenko

An Introduction to Irving Greenberg:

Rabbi Greenberg has admitted writing a letter dated December 11 to President Clinton on the stationery of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, recommending a pardon for Mr. Rich, the mysterious commodities trader, tax cheat, and alleged spy.  The letter asked for the pardon as "one of the most Godlike actions that anyone can ever do."  President Clinton issued the pardon January 20, his last day in office, touching off a storm of controversy.
Stephen Schwartz, Forward, Holocaust Museum Chief Stumbles Into Flap Over Pardon of Scofflaw Rich, at www.forward.com/issues/2001/01.02.09/news5.html

The following biographical outline was found on the Internet at www.holocaustforum.gov.se/conference/official_documents/abstracts/pres_cv.htm:


Rabbi, Beth Joseph Seminary, 1953.  Ph. D., Harvard University, 1960.  Professor, Department of Jewish Studies, City College, City University of New York, 1972-1979.  President, CLAL The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 1979-1997.  President, Jewish Life Network, 1995-present.  Editorial board, Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Publications include: Numerous books and articles on Jewish thought, religion and history.  Co-ed., "Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of Elie Wiesel" (1978), "Theodor Roosevelt and Labor: 1900-1918" (1988), "The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays" (1988), "Living in the Image of God" (1998).

The following biographical outline was found on the Internet at www.clal.org/facbios.html#ygreenberg:

Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Ph.D

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg is the President of CHAverIm kol yisrael/Jewish Life Network (CKY/JLN), a Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation. CKY/JLN’s mission is to create new institutions and initiatives to enrich the inner life (religious, cultural, institutional) of American Jewry.

An ordained Orthodox rabbi, a Harvard Ph.D. and scholar, Rabbi Greenberg has been a seminal thinker in confronting the Holocaust as an historical transforming event and Israel as the Jewish assumption of power and the beginning of a third era in Jewish history. In the book, Interpreters of Judaism in the Late Twentieth Century, Professor Steven T. Katz wrote, "No Jewish thinker has had a greater impact on the American Jewish community in the last two decades than Irving (Yitz) Greenberg." Rabbi Greenberg has published numerous articles and monographs on Jewish thought and religion, and a book, The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays, a philosophy of Judaism based on an analysis of the Sabbath and holidays. A new book, Living in the Image of God: Jewish Teachings to Perfect the World, was published by Jason Aronson in May 1998.

From 1974 through 1997, he served as founding President of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a pioneering institution in the development of adult and leadership education in the Jewish community and the leading organization in intra-Jewish dialogue and the work of Jewish unity. Before CLAL was founded, he served as Rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center, as Associate Professor of History at Yeshiva University, and as founder, chairman and Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies of City College of the City University of New York.

The following quotation was found on the Internet at www.jewishsf.com/bk970523/comm1.htm:

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Reform movement's Union of American Hebrew Congregations, described the Israeli rabbinate as "medieval," "extremist," "radical," "fanatic" and "a disgrace to the Jewish people." Irving Greenberg
The following quotation was found on the Internet at www.wordrunner.com/testimony/excerpt.htm:

When I was a child, I believed the Messiah would come when everybody in the world became Jewish. Irving Greenberg