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03/05/2012 - 19:00 | | Letters

Regarding Linda Gradstein’s “Congressional Mission, J Street-Style” (Feb. 24): I was extremely impressed and heartened to learn that J Street took members of Congress on a trip to Israel that demonstrated the reality of Israeli society, good and bad. The United States is Israel’s No. 1 ally, and it’s critical that American lawmakers understand life on the ground by speaking to real Israeli and Palestinian people.

03/05/2012 - 19:00 | | Letters

The District Attorney should consider charging the parents of the infant killed as a result of metzitzah b’peh with involuntary manslaughter  (“Brooklyn DA Looking Into Infant’s Death From Controversial Bris Practice,” posted online March 5; see page 1).

03/05/2012 - 19:00 | | Letters

Jonathan Sarna’s efforts to “rescue” the reputation of General Ulysses S. Grant and to exonerate President Abraham Lincoln for their expulsion of the Jews from their conquered territory is not supported by the available evidence (“Gen. Grant’s Uncivil War Against The Jews,” March 2).

Indeed, the expulsion order was consistent with other statements and orders by top Union officials.

02/27/2012 - 19:00 | | Letters

While reading Gary Rosenblatt’s otherwise thoughtful column, “From a Sephardic Scholar, An ‘Enlightened’ Torah Approach” (Jan. 13), I did double and triple takes as I reeled from his observation: “Sadly, I have come to realize how far apart and sometimes distrustful the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities can be of each other, even when living in close proximity (Great Neck, for example), and how little, even today, mainstream American Jewry understands and appreciates the Sephardic worldview.”

02/27/2012 - 19:00 | | Letters

The story, “U.S. General’s Iran Comments Sharpen Rift With Israel” (Feb. 24), inaccurately conveyed the tenor of White House chief of staff Jack Lew’s remarks.

Our notes reflect that he said, “At the core, there is no difference [between the U.S. and Israel] on Iran. Iran cannot and should not develop a nuclear capacity. I hope that no difference exists [regarding a timetable]. If we did not believe there was time we would not be waiting.”

02/27/2012 - 19:00 | | Letters

Lately, a Google News Alert for “Anne Frank” has filled our inbox with a range of online content relating to the famous diarist and Holocaust victim (“Anne, For A New Generation,” Feb. 24).