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07/27/2016 - 09:37 | | Letters

I write in response to Jonathan Mark’s column (“Jews for Trump: Shh! Don’t Tell!” July 22).

The sub-headline implies that Jews who support Trump do so in secret because they fear being shamed “from the left.” Political leanings are irrelevant. Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, never accused of being “from the left,” correctly characterizes Trump’s second-natured ability to tell lies as being “postmodern, in that they have no connection to a foundational concept of truth.”

07/27/2016 - 09:36 | | Letters

We need to set the record straight on several points raised in a recent letter taking issue with the Anti-Defamation League’s efforts to advocate for the fair treatment of African-Americans at the hands of police (“Critical Of #BlackLivesMatter,” Letters, July 22).

07/20/2016 - 00:45 | | Letters

Thank you for all the beautiful essays published in The Jewish Week celebrating Elie Wiesel’s “near-universal public renown” and “majesty” (July 8 and 15).

07/20/2016 - 00:44 | | Letters

Rabbi Avi Shafran’s letter in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today” (June 17), suggests that by stating “thy God (will be) my God,” Ruth was “declaring acceptance of the commandments” of the Torah. The story of Ruth takes place many centuries before the compilation of the Mishnah, at a time prior to the development of the corpus of Jewish law that Rabbi Shafran would have us believe needs to be accepted “in principle” and “sincerity” by a convert to Judaism.

07/20/2016 - 00:44 | | Letters

Rabbi Allen Schwartz’s contention in his letter “Headline Not Backed Up” (Letter, June 24) correctly identifies a shortcoming in “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today” (Editor’s column, June 17). Since the fall of the Soviet Union, many non-Jews have gone to Eretz Yisrael and identified with the Jewish nation by becoming citizens, to maintain family relationships.

Some want to intensify the relationship by converting.

07/20/2016 - 00:43 | | Letters

Kudos to Rabbi Haskel Lookstein for his response to the politically dictated obstruction of the Israeli rabbinate to American rabbinic conversions (“A Travesty Of Rabbinical Justice In Israel,” Opinion online).