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07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

Former Mayor Ed Koch’s suggestion that Jews should vote against Democratic candidate David Weprin in order to protest President Barack Obama’s policies on Israel is ridiculous on a number of counts (“Battle Is On To Succeed Weiner,” July 15).

07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

In Joshua Mitnick’s article about the protesters in Israel demanding affordable housing, he cites various factors that have caused this problem (“Tent City Protests Spread,” July 22).

What’s needed is a private-public partnership, a combination of having kibbutzim and moshavim develop affordable housing with the aid of the Israeli government and private charities, such as the combined resources of the Jewish federation system. In that way funds for the building of affordable housing can be part of the solution.

07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman’s Opinion piece (“Liberal Judaism Lives,” July 22) was interesting, but one point personally disappoints me.

The rabbi mentioned an unconditional love for Israel and the right to criticize its policies. With all of the problems and challenges that Israelis have to live with, I am not sure that encouraging public (or private) criticism of its policies from within the family helps them. It may even help the other side.

07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

I was very saddened to learn Leiby Kletzky was murdered (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shormim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). It was gruesome to say the least. If found guilty, Levi Aron should be punished severely. However, I believe there should be reflection in our community on how we deal with individuals who are not perfect, such as those with mental illness.

My impression is that these people are rejected, which can cause feelings of isolation from the community. There should be people available to them when they are young.

07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

Caring people of all creeds mourn the loss of beautiful Leiby Kletzky, and I too feel a kind of shell shock about this senseless murder (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). In reality I know that mentally ill people and child predators do exist. As careful as we are, eventually some snag a precious child. We cannot stop living out of fear of such possibilities.

07/25/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

The Jewish Week hit the nail on the head concerning the tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). The reality is that many haredi and chasidic Jews operate under a different standard than other Jews when reporting possible crimes, in their neighborhood. Whether its child abuse or other acts of violence, their first response is to report the matter to a rabbi or an Orthodox watch group like the Shomrim before turning to the police.