Letters

The Hard Truth

10/08/2014
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Not easy to hear the truth, but essential (“Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands,’” Oct. 3).

Dershowitz, besides being brilliant, possesses real moral clarity. Wish the apologist Jews among us would finally listen.

On Gloomy Predictions

10/08/2014
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Regarding Richard Cohen’s new book, “Israel: Is It Good For The Jews?” (Editor’s column, Oct. 3), it should be noted that gloom and doom predictions have been made about Israel, going back to before the state was created. In 1948, George Marshall, then Secretary of State and wartime Army Chief of Staff, warned President Truman that the Jews in Palestine would need two American divisions, some 40,000 men, to keep from being overrun [by Arab armies]. The prophets of Israel's doom have been wrong ever since.

Environmental Concerns Rooted In Torah

10/08/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt expresses frustration about the absence of Jewish education in showing how a
commitment to protecting the environment is rooted in Jewish tradition (“An Inconvenient Truth,” Editor’s column, Sept. 26).

Mixed Message On Mixed Marriage

10/01/2014
Members of the Board, Religious Zionists of America
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Gary Rosenblatt reports in his column, “At Year’s End, Struggling To Stay Together” (Sept. 19), that at a recent meeting of 50 Jewish “thought leaders and communal activists” in Baltimore, participants noted that many in the Jewish community measure the success or failure of Jewish education according to “the choice of a Jewish marriage partner.” Certainly despite other religious differences in the Jewish community, there is a broad consensus that intermarriage is undesirable.

Looking Out For Jewish Interests

10/01/2014
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The Sept. 26 front-page headline: “Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” should be a wake-up call, unfortunately, late in the game. Why do the “center” and the “left” award the “right” a monopoly on looking out for Jewish interests, speaking out and being proud Jews? 

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‘Mainstream’ Response To Met Too Weak

10/01/2014
Executive Director
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Two articles in your Sept. 26 issue describe the organized efforts of “the right flank of the Jewish community” to stop the Metropolitan Opera presentation of the pro-terrorist opera, “The Death Of Klinghoffer” (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” and “Operatic Rage At Met Protest”).

Gelb’s Dual Role

10/01/2014
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Throughout the brouhaha over “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, has sought to deflect criticism that the work is anti-Semitic by pointing out that he is himself Jewish (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing,” Sept. 26). Now, it seems, Gelb has ratcheted it up a notch by presenting himself not as just a member-in-good-standing of the Jewish community but as an out-and-out defender of the community’s interests. 

Global Warming A Threat Now

10/01/2014
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In his Sept. 26 column, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Gary Rosenblatt mentions the
horns of the marchers at the Climate March but fails to note the large
numbers of Jews who attended with shofarot to proclaim their commitment to
protecting the planet. Of course many young Jews are aware of the Torah’s
insistence that humans care for the earth. To assume their ignorance is
wrong, particularly given the large number of Jewish organizations that
marched.

Climate Impact On Israel

10/01/2014
Professor Emeritus
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Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “An Inconvenient Truth” (Sept. 26), arguing that Jews should be concerned about Israel and terrorism threats as well as climate change, is reinforced by the following considerations: The Israeli Union for Environmental Defense projects that climate change will cause Israel to experience a temperature increase of 2 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit, a 20 to 30 percent decrease in average rainfall, severe storms when rain does occur, increased desertification, and an inundation of the coastal plain where most Israelis live by a rising Mediterranean Sea.

Understanding Their Neighbor’s Language

10/01/2014
International President
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Contributing Editor Nathan Jeffay got it exactly right when he said that “the order of the day needs to be cohesion within Israeli society” (“Israel’s New Language Barrier,” Sept. 26). In the aftermath of heightened Jewish-Arab tensions surrounding the Gaza conflict, the last thing Israel needs is a renewed legislative effort to strip the Arabic language of its official status.

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