Letters

Demilitarize Gaza, End Occupation

07/16/2014
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I want first to establish my credentials as a strong supporter of the Israel founded by the early Zionists. I grew up in a Zionist home, and as a teenager I led the junior congregation of the Conservative synagogue to which my grandparents and parents belonged. In the 1940s, while in college, I was the head of the Wisconsin chapter of IZFA, the Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America. Although secular, I am and have always been a synagogue member.

On Israel’s Marriage Policies

07/16/2014
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In response to the Opinion piece, “Honeymoon Israel: Birthright For Young Marrieds” (July 4), I know the federations are searching for allies to fight many of Israel’s self-destructive, anti-intermarriage and anti-civil marriage policies.

Netanyahu Inconsistent

07/16/2014
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has justified Israel’s actions in Gaza by saying that “No country on earth would remain passive in the face of ... rockets fired on its cities, and Israel is no exception” (“Israeli Gaza Response Fuels Debate Over Goals,” July 11).

Even Title Is Inaccurate

07/16/2014
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Defenders of “The Death of Klinghoffer” argue that many of the opera’s critics have not seen it (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27). But this work gives offense even before the curtain goes up. The opera’s very title papers over of an act of barbarism.

Klinghoffer Opera Still Anti-Semitic

07/16/2014
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It is troubling that Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman asserts that because one of many anti-Semitic passages was removed, the “Death of Klinghoffer” opera to be performed at the Met is no longer anti-Semitic (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27).

On Israel’s Marriage Policies

07/09/2014
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In response to the Opinion piece, “Honeymoon Israel: Birthright For Young Marrieds” (July 4), I know the federations are searching for allies to fight many of Israel’s self-destructive, anti-intermarriage and anti-civil marriage policies.

Judging Other Jews

07/09/2014
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I hope that Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, in his letter, “The Rebbe As Innovator” (July 4), was experiencing an everyday lapse of concentration — or a lapse in computer keyboarding — when he attributed to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the preposterous “message” of “never judging fellow Jews.” 

Yemenites Are Unique

07/09/2014
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Regarding the “Sephardim In New York” (June 27) section: As a Yemenite Jew living in New York City, I am not only offended but also shocked that people believe that all Jews are either Ashkenazi/white or Sephardim and dark-skinned. Yemenites are Mizrachi and we are a one of a kind.

Who Is And Isn’t Sephardic?

07/09/2014
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I enjoyed the section on “Sephardim In New York” (June 27). I have learned that while the Syrian Jews do have Sephardim in their past, including most Lebanese Jews, they form their own sub-group as Syrians. (The family of my wife of 42 years is from Aleppo.)

First-Rate ‘Klinghoffer’ Story

07/09/2014
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Congratulations to Stewart Ain on a first-rate story providing much-needed context and analysis about the Metropolitan Opera’s cancellation of its simulcast of the “Klinghoffer” opera (“High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera,” June 27).

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