I was saddened to read the first-person account of one anonymous woman’s struggle to live with serious illness and to date in the Orthodox community. As the founder and executive director of Sharsheret, a national organization supporting women and families of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer, I have heard too often the concerns of mothers and daughters that knowledge of disease in their family may affect the ability of family members to marry.
After reading several articles in the Oct. 29 issue, I truly wonder if liberal-leftist J Street Jews know why they are vilified by some in the pro-Israel Jewish community.
Do these J Street Jews have the same feelings towards their fellow Jews living under constant terrorist threat in Judea and Samaria as they have for the Arabs that desire to destroy the Jewish people?
Man surmises, God surprises! That’s what I would say to the news that poor Lincoln Square Synagogue must halt construction for now, for lack of funds and lessening demographic prospects for the future (“Lincoln Square Halts Construction On New Shul,” Oct. 22).
There’s something about being just a tad too optimistic, shul-wise, that rings a familiar bell with me.
Abby Backer, a Columbia University student, daughter of a rabbi in Wisconsin, who attended a debate on Israel at Temple Beth El in Stamford, Conn., between Alan Dershowitz and J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, is exactly the kind of young person the Jewish community should welcome with open arms. Yet, her experience at the debate made her feel like a “stranger within my own community,” she cries out in her Opinion essay, “Exclude Me At Your Own Peril” (Oct. 29).
In her article, “Battered By Boycotts”(Oct. 15), Julie Wiener strikes an apologetic and defensive tone about Israel. She finds that “the very real power and economic inequalities between Palestinians and Israelis are hard to ignore.”
In just 62 years, Israel has provided a refuge for Holocaust survivors, provided a new home for Jews from Muslim countries, airlifted Jews from Ethiopia and taken in over a million Jews from the former Soviet Union.
I see no need to be apologetic about Israel.
I read the thoughtful piece by Anonymous (“From MS to Mrs.: Hiding in Plain Sight,” Back Of The Book, Oct. 29) with great pain, but probably not genuine surprise. I felt compelled to share my humble thoughts, given my belief in the goodness of our people, the better tomorrow and the ability of our rabbis to help us find the proper paths as we struggle with what are apparently our communal challenges.