The heart of Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), can be found, in my opinion, in the last paragraph, next to the last sentence, which reads, “Without a doubt, it is high time for the Muslims marching and even rioting in the streets of Paris and London to take a sober lesson from the playbook of their fellow Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.”.
One would think that some of the slogans and simplistic formulations tossed about by some of your readers in their Letters would have finally fallen into oblivion after recent events in Gaza and Israel.
Jerome Chanes in his Opinion piece, “Has Israel Lost Its Moral Balance?” (Aug. 15), sounds like Norman Finkelstein lite. Finkelstein argues that in their murder of Palestinian women, children and men in Gaza, the Israelis have gone mad. Chanes maintains that they are simply unfeeling, and not very different than Hamas.
Amen to Rabbi David Wolpe’s “Divine Spark” column (Aug. 8).
I love the teachings of Judaism. There is simplicity within the convoluted and profound. The burden and the gift challenged me since as a young girl I would listen to my grandfather’s teachings. The gift, overwhelming and humbling. The burden, a joy and a privilege.