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11/17/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

Re: “Needed: New Thinking On Palestine/Israel Divide” (Opinion, Nov. 13). Yes, new thinking would be invaluable. But before the brainstorming, how about some old fashioned learning to get the facts straight on Israel, just as we require Torah study before commentary.

11/17/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

Gary Rosenblatt makes the case in his column, “The Wrong Way To Fight BDS” (Oct. 16), that the $50 million
being spent by Sheldon Adelson and friends to fight BDS is misdirected. He then
quotes a regional director of an Israel advocacy group who believes that
“we could be hiring public relations firms to build Israel’s brand and
channel young people’s interest in culture, food, technology and other
areas besides politics.”

11/17/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

Even as we commemorate the tragic assassination of Yitzchak Rabin while he pursued the “Oslo peace process,” we must be vigilant against those who continue to distort his legacy (“Two Decades Later, What If Rabin Had Lived?” Oct. 30).

11/17/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

Although I do not speak on behalf of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), 
I am a member of the RCA Executive Committee, and I voted, along with the
majority, in favor of the new RCA resolution, which was assailed in the
November 4 editorial, “What Is the RCA Afraid Of?”

11/17/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

We would like to correct an error that appeared in “The ABCs of
Donor-Advised Funds” (Nov. 13), which stated that “Jewish Communal
Fund charges a fee if a fund falls below a certain balance.” That is
untrue; JCF does not currently, and has never in the past, charged a fee if a
fund falls below a certain balance.

11/10/2015 - 19:00 | | Letters

I am concerned about recent pronouncements by organizations and individuals in the name of mesorah, or authority, without textually supporting their conclusions (“Women Can Be Rabbis, In Keeping With Tradition,” Nov. 6). A greater understanding of text will only reinforce and validate one’s pursuit and respect for authority. In this spirit, I beseech individuals of different persuasions on the issue of women’s ordination and other recent polarizing topics to engage in a sober, text-based analysis and written communication on these issues to enhance our knowledge.