In order to properly defend any position you have to understand the other side of the argument, and be thoroughly prepared to address it. If that were the goal of Irwin Mansdorf’s program, to provide participants with a broader perspective on issues pertaining to Israel and the Palestinians complete with the tools to better defend Israel’s position, then it would be beyond criticism (“Outside Of My Israel ‘Comfort Zone,’” Oct. 25).
I wish to strongly disagree with your Editorial, “An Arresting Development In Israel” (Oct. 18). In the real world, you don’t have the right to do whatever you want; you have to consider the sensibilities of others.
I take profound objection to your inclusion in Letters of “Pew and Jewish Humor” (Oct. 18). The suggestion to replace the rabbi’s Shabbat sermon with a 15-minute standup comedy is ludicrous and insults the sacred spirit of the Shabbat.
I thoroughly enjoyed Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the incredible 1960 World Series, but wanted to point out that not all the Pittsburgh area Orthodox Jews were oblivious to the events surrounding the Pirates (“In The Big Inning,” Oct. 4).
Gil Troy’s article, “Where Are Your Bloody New York Jews?” (Opinion, Oct. 11) resonated with me because as executive director of Americans For A Safe Israel, I have been asking that same question for years. This year, our group alone, with Bob Kunst, a single activist, demonstrated outside the UN in support of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was speaking before the General Assembly. We displayed Israeli and American flags, and held aloft large signs declaring that we stood with Israel. Unfortunately, it was only passer-by Israelis who stopped to give us a thumbs-up. The New York Jews were not there.
No one can condone the alleged actions of those accused of kidnapping and torturing Jewish husbands who refuse to provide their wives with a Jewish divorce, or get, but we cannot permit this story to overshadow the challenges a Jewish woman faces if she is unable to obtain a get (“Accused Kidnap Rabbi Known For ‘Wild West’ Rules,” Oct. 18).