Letters

Undermining Abbas

09/02/2014
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Congratulations, you hit the nail on the head with that [page 1] headline, “Cease-Fire Hinges On Strength Of Abbas” (Aug. 29).

Liberals Opening Their Eyes

09/02/2014
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Ted Merwin came close to recognizing the problem, but missed the point in his essay, “The End Of Jewish Liberalism?” (Aug. 29)

U.S. Naïve About Iran

09/02/2014
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I totally disagree with Robert Einhorn’s optimistic perspective on the negotiations to terminate Iran’s nuclear capability (“Iran Arms Expert: Progress Seen In Talks,” Aug. 8).

Disrespectful Language

09/02/2014
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The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights rightly condemns “beastilization,” the likening of Jews to barnyard animals, as a form of
anti-Semitism (“From BDS To Beastialization,” Aug. 29). For the same reason, we should
avoid likening Muslims and Christians to grass, or killing them to “mowing the
lawn.”

Hate Speech: Ancient, But Still Relevant

09/02/2014
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After this summer’s events in Israel and Gaza, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on U.S. college campuses this academic year has the potential to be explosive. To protect students’ civil rights and their safety, administrators must be equipped with tools allowing them to draw the line between civilized debate and anti-Semitic hate speech. One such tool, the Brandeis Center’s “Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse” — contrary to your reporter’s editorialized assertions in “From BDS to Beastilization: The Campus Wars Are On” (Aug. 29) — provides this vital guidance by identifying 10 motifs of anti-Semitism.

Inspiring Commitment To Teaching

09/02/2014
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 Thank you for the article about the important work of Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP), “Teachers Teaching Teachers,” Education section, Aug. 22. We are excited to launch our 2014-15 academic year with more than 80 mentors and 100 new teachers, representing close to 50 Jewish day schools in eight states, plus Canada.

Rabbi Davidson Was Deceived

09/02/2014
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I have been a member since December 2004 of a Presbyterian-Jewish dialogue group formed as a result of the first effort by the Presbyterian Church
(USA) to inject itself into the divestment (which grew into boycott, divest
and sanction) movement. So I read with great interest Rabbi Joshua Davidson’s very
clearly heartfelt comments about the prospects for repairing the relationship
between the Jewish community and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the
aftermath of this summer’s resolution in favor of divestment (“Repairing A Relationship With Presbyterian Clergy,” Opinion, Aug. 29).

Robin Williams’ Soul

08/27/2014
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Regarding “A Hesped (Eulogy) For Robin Williams” (Jewish Week online): Absolutely beautiful. A confirmation that the man that few knew but many loved was indeed a kind and generous soul.
Thank you for sharing your insight and perspective. What a loving gift to his memory and for those who love him.

 

Start Younger

08/27/2014
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Birthright must shift to bringing high school age kids to Israel (“Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom,” Aug. 22).
Students will then arrive at college equipped with the knowledge and insights necessary to contend effectively with these challenges.

Israeli Dysfunction

08/27/2014
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As a psychiatrist who has worked with individuals suffering with addictive disorders, I find the 12-Step approach heavily relevant vis a vis the current war in Gaza.

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