Letters

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).

Secret Ballot

12/03/2014
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“War on the Arabs”? (In reference to the headline of the Nov. 28 article, “On Friday The Rabbi Called For War On The Arabs.”) But it is Arabs who are butchering Israelis and it is the silent Arab communities who should be first in line for criticism by our Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Lacking Leadership

12/03/2014
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Regarding “On Friday The Rabbi Called For War On The Arabs,” Nov. 28: Thousands of Israelis have been killed in terrorist attacks, terminally ill
Jewish children suffer, America is in serious danger, and yet we can’t seem to understand
that sinat chinam (baseless hatred among Jews) has been the cause of much of our problems.

Celebrating A Birth

12/03/2014
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I was happy to read Sandee Brawarsky’s article, “The Eighth Day, For Girls” (Celebrations, Nov. 21).
When I was pregnant with our first child, we knew it was a girl. Like Sharon
Siegel, my husband and I were also committed to having a bat brit for our
daughter on the eighth day of her life. We began the ceremony by explaining
to our guests that what we would do for our son, we will do for our daughter.

Strong Words, No Action

11/26/2014
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Your Nov. 18 editorial (“Can Only a Beheading Evoke Horror Today?”) took issue with the response of the Obama administration to the Jerusalem massacre. “Evil acts must be thwarted, not just disapproved,” you wrote. But so far all we hear are the usual words of disapproval.

Improving Life For Israeli Arabs

11/26/2014
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Daniel Seidemann, founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, claimed, “The Palestinians of east Jerusalem see
themselves as living lives of desperation … under a government that is
apathetic if not hostile to their needs” (“Coming To Terms With ‘Reality’ Of Jerusalem,” N.Y. Minute, Nov. 14).

Ganging Up On Bibi

11/26/2014
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On Oct. 31, The Jewish Week departed from constructive criticism to publish an Israel-bashing Editorial, “Bibi Takes On The World.” At the same time, The Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg, known for reflecting the administration’s views, was writing a column where he quoted vulgar and insulting attacks against Israel’s prime minister by (still) unnamed senior administration officials.

Helping Agunot

11/26/2014
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Mavoi Satum, one of the leading organizations fighting for the rights of
agunot in Israel, is delighted that the International Beit
Din has started functioning and wishes Rabbi Krauss and his staff the best of
luck in this important endeavor (“New Court Set To Free Agunot,” Nov. 21).

New Agunah Court

11/26/2014
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I believe that the quotations in my name regarding the religious court of Rav Simcha Krauss did not truly express my position (“New Court Set To Free Agunot,” Nov. 21). 

Temple Mount Tensions

11/19/2014
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I am in Israel as I write this, having been in Jerusalem with Partners for
Progressive Israel’s symposium a few days this week and having in fact toured
the city with Daniel Seidemann (“Coming To Terms With ‘Reality’ Of Jerusalem,” N.Y. Minute, Nov. 14).

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