Editorial & Opinion | Letters

01/17/2012 | | Letters

The article “’Jerusalem Is Becoming A Ghost Town’” (Jan. 6) does not consider the facts that the part-time residents have invested huge amounts of money in Israel. We pay taxes, we pay maintenance fees, we pay insurance, we keep accounts at local banks, we support the airlines, silver and art shops, and charities for Israel. We love Israel and support it politically, economically and any other way possible.

To single out Jews who buy apartments in Israel and live there part time is not right.

01/17/2012 | | Letters

Thank you for your excellent editorial regarding the latest delays in bringing the remaining Ethiopian Jews to Israel (“Why The Delay In Ethiopian Jewish Aliyah?” Dec. 30).

I would like to raise my voice to cry out at the injustice of this delay, at the discrimination of this delay and at the sorry excuses the Jewish Agency has created.

“A possible shortage of beds” for incoming Ethiopians at Israeli absorption centers as a reason for cutting numbers admitted each month from a meager 200 to a paltry 110?

01/17/2012 | | Letters

Though I am acutely aware of polarization within the Jewish community, I was particularly distressed by Michele Chabin’s report on haredi extremists attacking schoolgirls because of their “immodest” dress (“In Beit Shemesh, Modesty Wars,” Dec. 30). 

01/17/2012 | | Letters

The news these last few weeks from Beit Shemesh about some people spitting at little girls, calling girls zonot (prostitutes), physically attacking other people and throwing stones at them is disconcerting to say the least.

When we accidentally drop a siddur (prayer book) or a sefer (holy book), we kiss the sefer. Does the siddur or sefer feel anything? Clearly the act of kissing the siddur is meant to inculcate within us a sensitivity that should translate into the respect we need to show to another human being.

01/17/2012 | | Letters

Menachem Rosensaft’s opinion piece on ultra-Orthodox Judaism’s need to be more open-minded (“Ultra-Orthodox Judaism Need Not Be Closed-Minded,” Jan. 13) makes some valid points, but also a misleading one.

01/17/2012 | | Letters

The recent incident in Beit Shemesh has made waves in the media and elsewhere, starting from the yeshiva world down to the most secular. They all appropriately condemn reprehensible acts of this fanatic mob.