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10/10/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

Although there are arguments and counter-arguments on the issue of clemency or pardon for Jonathan Pollard, there is no doubt about two aspects of that issue (“Jewish Leaders Press Pollard Release,” Oct. 7).

10/10/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

I read with great interest, “Atoning For Nothing” (Oct. 7), on High Holiday services for free. Having led High Holiday services for young and less affiliated Jewish men and women for the last 13 years, I take issue with offering them for free.

10/03/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

Eric Herschthal’s “Well-Versed” blog post in The Jewish Week, “Humanism: Or, What’s Missing From Orthodox Judaism,” echoes a more subtle and eloquent article by Rabbi Shai Held in Haaretz (“Religion’s most urgent problem”). 

Both challenge religion in general and Orthodox Judaism in particular to embrace a more humanistic and broad-minded view towards “the other.”

10/03/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

In his Opinion article “The Sacrifice of Isaac: A Father’s Ignoble Act” (Sept. 30), Isaac Herschkopf is right on target. And, by extension, the painful cutting of an eight-day-old helpless baby boy is cowardly and cruel. My grandson was still writhing in my arms 20 minutes after they gave him the wine to “dull” the pain. And I was surrounded by a dozen men all congratulating the father and myself as if we had done something noble.

Chappaqua, N.Y.

10/03/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

Like the biblical prophet Bilam in the Torah, Robert Cherry sets out to castigate “Zionist” Israel but winds up with an extraordinary, long list of Israel’s herculean, expensive efforts to uplift its Arab minority (“Zionist Policies Towards Israeli Arabs,” Opinion, Sept. 23).
Yes, “Zionist” Israel was established by the League of Nations (ca. 1921) and the United Nations (1947) as the homeland of the Jewish people. It will continue to be that.

10/03/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

 President Mahmoud Abbas in his recent United Nations speech clearly enunciated what he and what the Palestinian leadership mean by “occupation” (“New Pressures Seen In Bid To Re-launch Peace Talks,” Sept. 30).

He stated, “What I will take to the UN will be the suffering and concerns of our people that have taken place over 63 years living under the occupation.”

Sixty-three years subtracted from 2011 equals 1948, which is when Israel was created by the UN.