One would think that some of the slogans and simplistic formulations tossed about by some of your readers in their Letters would have finally fallen into oblivion after recent events in Gaza and Israel.
Jerome Chanes in his Opinion piece, “Has Israel Lost Its Moral Balance?” (Aug. 15), sounds like Norman Finkelstein lite. Finkelstein argues that in their murder of Palestinian women, children and men in Gaza, the Israelis have gone mad. Chanes maintains that they are simply unfeeling, and not very different than Hamas.
Amen to Rabbi David Wolpe’s “Divine Spark” column (Aug. 8).
I love the teachings of Judaism. There is simplicity within the convoluted and profound. The burden and the gift challenged me since as a young girl I would listen to my grandfather’s teachings. The gift, overwhelming and humbling. The burden, a joy and a privilege.
Jonathan Mark’s “Freedom Summer Memories” (July 18) evoked recollections of a once powerful black-Jewish alliance. As a participant in this righteous struggle, I can testify to the accuracy of his narrative except for one assertion, namely, that this common effort was “beautiful” but tragically short.
I noticed that you had two beautifully written Opinion pieces (Aug. 8) next to each other about helping Israel — Rabbi Avi Weiss’ “Comforting The Wounded, Worrying About Family” and Francine Klagsbrun’s “Do Israelis Know How Much We Really Care?”
Regarding Editor’s column, “I Support Israel, But…’ (Aug. 8), all of you who support Israel need to recognize that there is a large and growing portion of the Jewish community that is appalled at Israel’s actions.