Letters

Don’t Blame Bibi

12/17/2014
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Michael Oren is one of the brilliant, outstanding Israeli diplomats of our time, and he tells it like it is (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

A Two-State Solution Plan

12/17/2014
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Ambassador Michael Oren’s statements on peace with the Palestinians — “Inaction (by Israel) isn’t an option” and “Israel needs to take its fate into its own hands and come out with a political initiative that will serve its interests” — are absolutely correct (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

Don’t Just Blame The White House

12/17/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt’s illuminating column on and interview with Ambassador Michael Oren was striking for what was omitted: Any mention of the Israeli government’s role in the deterioration of what he correctly described as Israel’s “relationship with its most important ally, the U.S.” (“Undiplomatic Talk From Michael Oren,” Editor’s column, Dec. 12).

Why Young U.S. Jews Care Less

12/10/2014
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Regarding “New U.S. Group Warns Israel On ‘Who Is A Jew’” (Editor’s column, Dec. 5), I would differ with the suggestion
that the decline in support for Israel among
Generation Xers is due to the failure
of the Israeli government to recognize
non-Orthodox conversions. 


Fresh Faces At Services

12/10/2014
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As a long-time trustee of Sutton Place Synagogue, I can attest to the great
strides our Rabbi Ain is making in attracting young adults (“How Our Synagogue Is Attracting Young Adults,” Opinion, Dec. 5).

Where’s The Justice?

12/10/2014
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A common thread runs through several Jewish Week articles (Dec. 5 issue) in reference to
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky (“Teaneck Shul Taking Steps To Rein In Rabbi Pruzansky”), Rabbi Elimelech Meisels (“As Beit Dins Spar, An Apparent Abuser Remains Free”) and Parshat Vayishlach (Sabbath Week) — a thread in which justice seems to
take a back seat.

Blogger’s Contribution

12/10/2014
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“As Beit Dins Spar, Apparent Abuser Remains Free” (Dec. 5) is a valuable article. The reporter, Rachel Delia Benaim, and The Jewish Week served the community well by exposing an alleged rapist who remains free. This story is unusual because the secret workings of Jewish religious courts (batei din) were exposed through a set of leaks on my blog, Frum Follies, and Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn’s blog, Daas Torah. Both of our blogs are heavily focused on sex abuse in the Orthodox community and have been around for more than five years. But for the postings on our blogs, many critical documents would not have been available to be quoted in this story. Yet the story never acknowledges these sources either by name or link.

Gateway For Jews

12/03/2014
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I hope Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “My Dinner With The Rebbe” (Nov. 28) will encourage others to find out why it is that Chabad has such a love for a fellow Jew. But we don’t have an exclusive on this. Learning Chabad chasidut is the gateway for every Jew to reach the same place.

When To Speak Out

12/03/2014
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At the recent JOFA conference, Rabbi Asher Lopatin is quoted as calling for
an “anti-Chofetz Chaim revolution” (“Orthodox Feminists Address `Power Imbalance,’” Nov. 28),
implying that the writings of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (best known as The Chofetz Chaim) are somehow responsible for
the communal absence of speaking out when called for.

Sad Contrast

12/03/2014
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The imbalance of world reaction when a Jew is killed vs. an Arab  never ceases
to leave me dumbfounded (“’Do You Know How Much Tension There Is?’” Nov. 28).

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