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04/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

My vote is with Rabbis David Wolpe and Dan Ain (“Are You There God? It’s Us, The Jews,” April 13). A godless Judaism has no transcendent meaning, no absolute morality and therefore no magnetic north on a moral compass, no Divine partner with whom to improve the world.

04/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

 In his “Mideast Visit With An Arab Slant” (March 30), Steve Lipman reports on the latest fallout from an ongoing controversy largely invented by Alan Dershowitz, and now perpetuated by Abraham Foxman and colleagues at the Anti-Defamation League, against Friends Seminary, a respected New York City independent secondary school. Lamentably, while Friends is known for its long history of promoting fairness, tolerance and justice and asking its students (including my children) to live these values, it has not received similar treatment from Dershowitz, Foxman and others.

04/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

Vice Provost Charles Robbins of Stony Brook University wrote (Letters, March 23) that Stewart Ain’s article was “rife with inaccuracies and, as a result, aims to stir up controversy where none exists” (“Revised Stony Brook Calendar Draws Fire,” March 16). However, anyone familiar with the situation would see that Robbins’ letter is misleading and even contains falsehoods. He is defending an unfortunate university decision, and apparently has to state untruths to do so.

04/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

For a candidate supposedly running on a Jewishly grounded “values renewal” program (according to the misleadingly titled “Boteach’s Kosher Candidacy,” March 30), Shmuley Boteach betrays considerable confusion about “values” generally and Jewish values in particular.

04/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

How pitiful and sad it is that Peter Geffen’s op-ed in defense of Peter Beinart is printed in The Jewish Week as an attempt to explain “Why Dissent is Essential” (April 13).

04/16/2012 - 20:00 | | Letters

Regarding “Making Sense Of Pius’ Wartime Record” (April 13), David Cymet’s remarks about this subject are no different from the other historical revisionists who have simply ignored the tens of thousands of actual wartime documents that are all available for those who take the trouble to research them.