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04/17/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

The Arabs will never voluntarily accept Israel’s existence. From that perspective time was never on Israel’s side (“Time Is Not On Israel’s Side,” editor’s column, April 8).

04/17/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

From the start, the program, characterized by professionalism with a focus on each child’s and family’s individual needs, has blossomed into five schools located in Rockland County, Nassau County and Kings County and a camp school/summer program in upstate New York, serving the educational needs of 1,400 children from North America, Israel and Europe.

Our mission has been and continues to be, to build a brighter future for people with developmental disabilities.

04/17/2011 - 20:00 | | Letters

It is indeed a sad day for Jewish Americans when rabbis find their freedom of the pulpit stifled because they question or disagree with Israeli government policy (“New Reform Head Walking Pro-Israel Tightrope,” April 8).

We would all do well this Passover season to remember that the seder begins with four questions. The Haggadah then relates the parable of the four sons: the wise, the wicked, the simple and the silent.

04/12/2011 - 20:00 | Letters

Your N.Y. Minute (April 8) article on “Cokie and Steve’s Unity Haggadah” effectively communicates the rich tapestry of an interfaith marriage. Cokie, a Catholic, together with her Jewish husband, Steve Roberts, produces a Haggadah for the interfaith family that becomes the best-selling Haggadah on Amazon.com.

Such a marriage offers diversity of ideas for this Jewish holiday. The citations from Jesus, Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II certainly communicate that non-Jews (I know that Jesus was Jewish) also understand the meaning of freedom.

04/12/2011 - 20:00 | Letters

I’ve been a fan of Rabbi David Wolpe’s column for some time, finding it a succinct and wise commentary on many areas of Jewish life. I was, however, disappointed with his column,” The Flexible Torah” (April 8), which cites the Talmud Bavli (Taanit 20a) and the discussion of the flexibility of a reed, used for the writing of Torah scrolls.

04/12/2011 - 20:00 | Letters

Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for exposing the overindulgence in alcohol under Jewish communal auspices. (“Back Off The Bacchanalia,” April 1). As he points out, universities are a place of particular concern because college life already has a drinking culture associated with it. The phenomenon of binge drinking continues to be a problem, and many universities are frustrated at being unable to stop it.