Letters

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.”

Bess Myerson, Fighting Cancer

01/14/2015
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Re: “Bess Myerson, Only Jewish Miss America, Dead at 90” (Jan. 9), it should be
noted that not only did Ms. Myerson helped found the Museum of Jewish
Heritage in New York, but she also donated a significant sum and lent her
celebrity status to support women facing ovarian cancer, which she fought and
survived in 1973.

Why Bother To Read?

01/07/2015
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In his Opinion piece about the need for Jewish organizations to support Jewish
journalism, David Suissa claims that young Jews no longer attracted to
ritual Judaism could become connected through reading Jewish
newspapers (“Why Judaism Needs Journalism,” Jan. 2).

Pollster Opposites

01/07/2015
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Regarding “Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” (Jan. 2), the statistical sampling techniques used in poll taking produce results within a range, and those results are a function of how the questions are asked, to whom they are directed and numerous other factors. Even where the polltaker is highly respected and uses reputable sampling techniques, the results often vary. 

Honoring Our Veterans

01/07/2015
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I applaud Martin Raffel for his Opinion piece, “Seventy Years After WWII, Time To
Honor Our Vets” (Jan. 2), in which he expresses the unfortunate reality that the
American Jewish community does little if anything to recognize Jewish
American war veterans.
Our prayers in the synagogue, weekly sermons and
commemorations rarely acknowledge the debt of gratitude all Jews — those who
immigrated here and those born here — owe to the men and women who served this
country. It is because of their sacrifices that we in America have been able
to raise our families, establish businesses and educate our children.

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