Defenders of “The Death of Klinghoffer” argue that many of the opera’s critics have not seen it (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27). But this work gives offense even before the curtain goes up. The opera’s very title papers over of an act of barbarism.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has justified Israel’s actions in Gaza by saying that “No country on earth would remain passive in the face of ... rockets fired on its cities, and Israel is no exception” (“Israeli Gaza Response Fuels Debate Over Goals,” July 11).
It is troubling that Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman asserts that because one of many anti-Semitic passages was removed, the “Death of Klinghoffer” opera to be performed at the Met is no longer anti-Semitic (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27).
In response to the Opinion piece, “Honeymoon Israel: Birthright For Young Marrieds” (July 4), I know the federations are searching for allies to fight many of Israel’s self-destructive, anti-intermarriage and anti-civil marriage policies.
I hope that Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, in his letter, “The Rebbe As Innovator” (July 4), was experiencing an everyday lapse of concentration — or a lapse in computer keyboarding — when he attributed to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the preposterous “message” of “never judging fellow Jews.”
Regarding the “Sephardim In New York” (June 27) section: As a Yemenite Jew living in New York City, I am not only offended but also shocked that people believe that all Jews are either Ashkenazi/white or Sephardim and dark-skinned. Yemenites are Mizrachi and we are a one of a kind.