Letters

Dershowitz Responds

01/21/2015
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I am not asking anyone to disbelieve the charges against me because I support Israel, but rather because they are provably false (Defending Dershowitz, To A Fault?” Jan 16).

MLK Quote Is A Fake

01/21/2015
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A quote in last week’s editorial, “Honoring Dr. King and His Message,” attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — is, by this time, a fairly well-known forgery.

Tactics On Paris Hostage Siege

01/21/2015
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A different and less tragic outcome of the Paris hostage situations on
Jan. 9 could have been achieved — Jewish lives could have been saved. Once
Amedy Coulibaly announced from the kosher supermarket [his intention] to kill hostages if the
police captured the Kouachis, the two situations became inextricably linked.
Greater strategic thinking by law enforcement of how to resolve the dual
crises should have then taken place.

Michael Douglas Is Wrong Choice

01/21/2015
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The Jewish world is certainly in need of visionary leadership that will prepare it for all of the challenges to our community, from external threats to internal divisions.

Disengage From Islamic Extremists

01/14/2015
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The Western world has been combatting Islamic extremism for decades. And, so
far, no expense or effort has been spared. We have launched invasions, built
coalitions, dropped bombs, fired missiles, imposed sanctions, engaged in
nation building, created no-fly zones, trained and equipped foreign armies
and utilized a variety of different diplomatic initiatives. To date, this
effort has been a complete failure.

No Room For Palestine

01/14/2015
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Hilik Bar joins those who want the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolved with
the establishment of a Palestinian state (“Time To Recognize The Palestinian State,” Opinion, Jan. 9). His is a positive position. This will never be possible because of the extent of Israel’s “facts on the
ground.”

SSI Payments

01/14/2015
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With great interest, I read an article by Stewart Ain, “Survivors Heirs Now
Cleared For SSI Payments” (Jan. 2).

Best Time To Visit Djerba

01/14/2015
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There is no doubt that a visit to the El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia is an unforgettable experience 
(“Where To Go In 2015,” Travel, Dec. 26).

A Place For Videos

01/14/2015
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Erica Brown’s critique of the contemporary bar/bat mitzvah celebration
(“Not Another Video, Please,” Jan. 2) is on target. However, her
analysis misses the mark. Bar/bat mitzvah is and should be primarily a very
personal affair. The Inquisition, the Holocaust, the establishment of the
State of Israel and various manifestations of tikkun olam have their place in
communal consciousness and Jewish education. They are not appropriate bar/bat
mitzvah centerpieces — but family videos certainly are.

Chanukah? Humbug

01/14/2015
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Regarding the recent White House Chanukah party, Gary Rosenblatt kvells with pride  (“We’ve Come a Long Way, Abie,” Dec. 26). Describing the occasion, Rosenblatt writes: “Diversity was on display everywhere one looked, with hundreds of Jews noshing kosher delicacies in rooms bedecked with holly, the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra playing both Christmas and Chanukah tunes, and dozens of yarmulke-wearing men davening at ad hoc mincha and maariv services over in the corner.”

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