Editorial & Opinion | Letters

06/21/2011 | | Letters

I believe the Holocaust is unique in modern history and should be kept as a separate study. (“Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center,” June 17)

Too many nations, church leaders, etc. actively participated in the sole efforts to kill all the Jews of Europe. It went beyond the genocidal excesses we have read about in most history books and studies. Most genocidal efforts were limited to a specific area or nation. The Holocaust was to kill Jews regardless of national boundaries, belief or even ethnicity.

06/21/2011 | | Letters

Regarding "Muslim Woman To Lead College Holocaust Center" (June 17), we must not give in to irrational fears and inapplicable stereotypes.

In an era when we decry Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust, how can we be against a Muslim woman who wants to promote Holocaust research and education?

06/21/2011 | | Letters

It is true Anthony Weiner’s conduct was inappropriate and immature as were his initial lies (“Like Weiner, District’s Future Now Uncertain,” June 17). It is also true there was no physical contact involved nor did Mr. Weiner commit any crime.

Despite some brashness on his part, he was an effective Congressman who well served his constituency. Calls for his resignation by members of Congress and particularly Democratic leadership more concerned about Republicans backlash were uncalled for.

06/21/2011 | | Letters

Regarding “JTS Women Grads Struggling For Pulpits” (June 3), gender actually has very little to do with job placement today.

06/21/2011 | | Letters

In “JTS Women Grads Struggling For Pulpits” (June 3), Stewart Ain addresses an important communal issue -- gender bias in the Conservative rabbinate. There is a serious challenge for the Jewish community here—as per the troubling remarks of Rabbi Stephen Wolnek regarding communities being more comfortable with a man.

“It’s nothing against women; it’s just that given two equally good candidates, congregations would prefer to go for the more traditional profile,” Rabbi Wolnek said.

06/14/2011 | Letters

Started amid great hope five years ago, Yale University’s Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA) closes its doors this month surrounded by disappointment and suspicion. The academic study center, only one of two based at American universities that focus on millennia-old hatred of Jews, was created at a time when, by all accounts, anti-Semitism was on the rise worldwide. In recent years, a growing amount of anti-Semitism has taken root in the Islamic world, if not, as some scholars claim, in Islam itself.