We at The Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC) were excited to see the article “Attention To Disabilities Seen Changing” (Jan. 21).
We have always believed in the sacred work of Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, founder and director of Yad HaChazakah, The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center. JDRC is a national advocacy organization serving the wider Jewish community and promoting access for all, including those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. We believe that the Jewish community will only get stronger by allowing every Jew to participate to the best of their ability.
In “The Blood Libels Of Blood Libels” (Jan. 21), Jonathan Mark writes: “Blood libels were so normative that in 1909 The New York Times reviewed a serious book, ‘The Jew and Human Sacrifice.’”
If Mark meant to imply that this book is an accusation against the Jews, this would be a misapprehension. Hermann Strack’s famous book is a passionate and scholarly defense of the Jews against ritual murder charges. Strack was a German Protestant and scholar of religion.
In “Kiwi Cool” (Jan. 28, Travel column) Hilary Larson writes that the Auckland, New Zealand, Orthodox community “makes a point of welcoming visitors: an airport greeting with car service, accommodations assistance and local Jewish contacts are all just an e-mail away from Jewish travelers.” We visited Auckland for a Shabbat last January, and that was not our experience at all. In advance, we e-mailed our travel plans and asked about home hospitality or the possibility of a meal for Shabbat, and were told flat out that neither was possible.
Rep. Gary Ackerman’s condemnation of J Street (“New UN Settlements Fight Rages; J Street Rapped,” Jan. 27) for urging the U.S not to obstruct UN Security Council efforts to push the Middle East peace process forward, in a manner entirely consistent with standing U.S policy, makes no sense.
I am always saddened when a Jew takes a stand against his/her own people, but I am disgusted when an entire group of Jews turn their backs on Israel and, by default, the Jewish people. As The Jewish Week recently reported, J Street, a Jewish organization, is hailing a recent UN resolution that is surprisingly (tongue in cheek) not in support of Israel (“New UN Settlements Fight Rages; J Street Rapped,” Jan. 27).
Gil Kulick, Communications Chair |
In “rapping” J Street for its statement calling on the U.S. not to veto a pending UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel’s West Bank settlements (“New UN Settlements Fight Rages; J Street Rapped,” Jan. 27), Rep. Gary Ackerman severely misconstrues J Street’s position. J Street does not, as Ackerman alleges, “place the whole responsibility for the current impasse in the peace process on Israel.”