Opposite Experience

08/16/2016 - 22:16

I have had the opposite experience of Prof. Hasia Diner (“NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over ‘Distancing,’” Aug. 12). I have been a member of the two largest Reform temples in San Francisco, and have left both because of their pro-Palestinian bias. The senior rabbi at [San Francisco’s] Temple Emanuel last Yom Kippur gave a sermon promoting the position of the board of rabbis that we have a moral obligation to take in Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, this temple has a full-time security guard who sits in front of a locked gate and permits entrance only to those who have an appointment. We no longer have large Israel Independence Day celebrations, as we have had in years past, because of security concerns.

Unfair Criticism Of Israel

08/16/2016 - 22:15

The Aug. 12 front-page articles “Threading The Needle On Black Lives Matter” and “NYU Prof Spurs Debate Over Distancing” report the anti-Israel rhetoric among certain segments of the American public that support BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel]. It is a shame that Prof. Hasia Diner, who teaches Jewish American history, feels she no longer can support the only Jewish and democratic state in the Middle East. One would think that Professor Diner would at least be familiar with the history of what she calls the occupation.

Two Disturbing Articles

08/16/2016 - 22:14

The front page of the Aug. 12 issue featured two very disturbing articles: a prominent American professor divorcing herself from the State of Israel because of its “policies towards Palestinians” and the Black Lives Matter movement aligning itself with the BDS movement and charging Israel with “apartheid and genocide.”

The Kugel Quotient

08/16/2016 - 22:15

Jonathan Mark’s delicious exploration of eating kugel on Shabbos omitted the real spiritual reason behind this custom (“Kugel: Stories For A Shabbos Afternoon,” Aug. 5).

Chasidism says that it’s because the gematria (Hebrew numerical value) of the word kugel equals that of Shabbos. If you do the calculation and find that the gematria of Shabbos is much greater, that’s not a problem. Just eat a few more portions.

Responding To JOFA Leader

08/16/2016 - 22:12

I write in regard to Gary Rosenblatt’s Aug. 5 column, “OU Grapples With Roles Of Women In Clergy.” I will not comment on the substance of the article as our process has not yet concluded.

No Choice

08/09/2016 - 22:04

From the very beginning, Donald Trump reminded me of my youth, when the neighborhood bully was a 15-year-old kid who pushed his weight around to demonstrate his toughness.

Early Detection For BRCA

08/09/2016 - 22:02

As a participant in the day long symposium representing the New York based Israel Healthcare Foundation, I was particularly proud that this gathering and subsequent announcement took place in Israel and under the auspices of the Clalit Health System and Soroka Medical Center.

BRCA Testing

08/09/2016 - 22:01

Regarding “New Push For Changes In BRCA Testing” (Aug. 5): Along with the problem of approval for testing is a woman’s fear. I was BRCA positive and had bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy. I am so grateful I had the chance to look into the crystal ball. The test anxiety will pass when you are given a chance to save your life. This is a gift and a blessing.

Incorrect Assumptions

08/09/2016 - 22:00

David Friedman makes at least two incorrect assumptions in the views expressed to Gary Rosenblatt (“How Trump Would Shake Up Mideast Policy,” July 29). 

What About Hamas?

08/09/2016 - 21:59

In Robert Sugarman’s Opinion piece, “The Pressing Need For A Two-State Strategy” (Aug. 5), he writes, “Unlike the plan for the withdrawal from Gaza, none of the plans contemplates withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from the West Bank. Thus, those who use the Gaza withdrawal to warn against any withdrawal from the West Bank miss the mark.”

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