The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights rightly condemns “beastilization,” the likening of Jews to barnyard animals, as a form of anti-Semitism (“From BDS To Beastialization,” Aug. 29). For the same reason, we should avoid likening Muslims and Christians to grass, or killing them to “mowing the lawn.”
After this summer’s events in Israel and Gaza, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on U.S. college campuses this academic year has the potential to be explosive. To protect students’ civil rights and their safety, administrators must be equipped with tools allowing them to draw the line between civilized debate and anti-Semitic hate speech. One such tool, the Brandeis Center’s “Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse” — contrary to your reporter’s editorialized assertions in “From BDS to Beastilization: The Campus Wars Are On” (Aug. 29) — provides this vital guidance by identifying 10 motifs of anti-Semitism.
Thank you for the article about the important work of Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP), “Teachers Teaching Teachers,” Education section, Aug. 22. We are excited to launch our 2014-15 academic year with more than 80 mentors and 100 new teachers, representing close to 50 Jewish day schools in eight states, plus Canada.
I have been a member since December 2004 of a Presbyterian-Jewish dialogue group formed as a result of the first effort by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to inject itself into the divestment (which grew into boycott, divest and sanction) movement. So I read with great interest Rabbi Joshua Davidson’s very clearly heartfelt comments about the prospects for repairing the relationship between the Jewish community and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the aftermath of this summer’s resolution in favor of divestment (“Repairing A Relationship With Presbyterian Clergy,” Opinion, Aug. 29).
Regarding “A Hesped (Eulogy) For Robin Williams” (Jewish Week online): Absolutely beautiful. A confirmation that the man that few knew but many loved was indeed a kind and generous soul.
Thank you for sharing your insight and perspective. What a loving gift to his memory and for those who love him.