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.
Regarding the online Opinion piece by Yehuda Shaul (“What Have We Become?”), about civilian deaths in Gaza: It’s easy to take the moral high ground and deplore the killing of civilians, but the writer offers no alternative. What Israel is doing is very different from what the United States and Great Britain did in World War II, because Israel is trying to minimize civilian casualties. We killed about 2 million German civilians, and another 1 million Japanese.
Instead of carrying out a proactive vision for peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes it very clear that “mowing the lawn” every few years — in which innocent civilians, including many children, are killed — is an acceptable foreign policy.