Letters

On Jewish Self-Flagellation

08/26/2015

It is so sad to see my fellow self-righteous Jews get all bent out of
shape when a Jewish person attacks an Arab. (“Twin Cases Of Extremism Spark Calls For Crackdown,” Aug. 7) They get on their on their
soap box and start telling us what is wrong with the State of Israel and its
leaders. How disingenuous. 
It seems that Daniel Sokatch [who heads the New Israel Fund] knows more than the Israeli police and the
Israeli attorney general; he has already convicted “Jewish
extremists” of the arson in Duma.

On Women Studying Talmud

08/26/2015

I graduated from Yeshiva College this past May and I can personally attest
to the fact that plenty, if not most, YU students do not share Rabbi Mordechai Willig’s
perspective on Jewish life (“YU Rabbi Questions Women’s Talmud Study,” Aug. 21).

In early 2015, a recording surfaced of a talk given by
Rabbi Willig in which he also questions women’s Torah learning and spends
considerable time bashing and joking about LGBT Jews. Many students
were personally outraged and as a senior editor for The Commentator, YC’s
official undergraduate newspaper, I wrote an article
responding to Rabbi Willig’s hurtful claims (entitled “Creating a
Community of Support”). I made a point of calling him out by name, despite
potential harm that could do to my career since I am now beginning rabbinical
school.

On Germany, Unforgiving

08/26/2015

I have been repulsed and offended by the European Maccabi games being in Berlin (“At Berlin Maccabi Games, Past Is Ever-Present,” Aug. 7). I
find it disgusting and appalling that Jews would bring their tourist money to
Germany.

Survivors’ Roles

08/26/2015

Regarding “To Kill A Hero,” Back of the Book, Aug. 21): My parents were both Holocaust survivors and I was born in a DP camp in
Italy. I experienced them as abusive
and neglectful and have experienced first-hand the injunction not to say
anything critical about them.

Disturbing Parallels

08/26/2015

In reading the Aug. 7 edition of The Jewish Week, clarification has finally been
given to what is going on Israel. It is not Iran that will destroy Israel but
the intolerance of certain factions that are undermining the fabric of
Israel (“Twin Cases Of Extremism Spark Calls For Crackdown” and Joseph Rackman’s Opinion piece, “The Greatest Threat To Israel Is Not Iran”).

Doesn’t Fit The Mold

08/26/2015

Regarding “Iran Deal Driving Jews Farther Apart,” Between The Lines, Aug. 14), I am an academic, an atheist, an independent (neither Democrat nor Republican
although I have been both in the past) and a supporter of Israel.

Can’t Track The Money

08/26/2015

As Gary Rosenblatt accurately describes the type of Jews that are against the
Iran deal, he fails to write about specifics of the deal that drive these
activists to their point of view (“Iran Deal Driving Jews Farther Apart,” Between The Lines, Aug. 14).

Who Speaks For American Jews?

08/26/2015

The struggle over the Iran agreement reminds me of the 17 years I spent as editor of Present Tense, a liberal Jewish-oriented magazine, published by the American Jewish Committee.

Iran Deal And Shoah Lesson

08/12/2015

As proud children of Jewish Holocaust survivors, we strongly condemn President Obama’s
recent statement that Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu are the only ones
who oppose your ill-conceived deal with Iran (a fact mentioned in several recent stories and editorials).

J Street Poll On Iran

08/12/2015

In a recent Letter to the Editor, Benyamin Korn writes that a J Street poll
of American Jewish opinion on the Iran deal, which demonstrated that a clear
majority of American Jews support the recently negotiated deal, is suspect,
because the poll was done before the details of the deal were made public
(“Premature Polling,” July 29). Mr. Korn wonders whether the results would
be different now that the Jewish community has had a chance to examine the
accord.

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