Take Him At His Word


Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Council, recently stated on Al Jazeera in Arabic, the following, which was translated into English by MEMRI: “The settlement should be based on the borders of June 4, 1967 (“Arab Media Says What U.S. Media Won’t,” The Edge of Town, Oct. 21).

Don’t Blame Researchers


As host of the conference on socio-demography recently held at Brandeis University, I very much appreciated Gary Rosenblatt’s commentary (“How Many U.S. Jews? And Who Cares?” Oct. 28). Indeed, the Jewish community needs systematic and up-to-date information about its size and character, despite the challenges of collecting such data.

Yale And Jewish Future


Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove’s Opinion piece, “Former Soviet Union Illuminates New Jewish World” (Oct. 14), pointedly concludes that in the “post-assimilationist” 21st century, capturing the minds, hearts and souls of Jews around the world, whether in the former Soviet Union, Israel or the United States, requires compelling, inspirational models of Jewish engagement rather than leaning on past affiliations or generational attachments that may no longer be accessible or relevant for contemporary Jews.

Speaking Out


It is interesting indeed that the mainstream media has not shown one of the anti-Semitic signs or focused on any of the anti-Semitic verbiage at the Zuccotti Park demonstrations (“What Now For ‘Occupy’ Protests?” Oct. 14).

Not one Democratic party member of Jewish origin, not one U.S. senator and not one U.S. congressman has spoken out against the anti-Semitism expressed during these demonstrations.

Free Services


Town and Village Synagogue has been offering free High Holiday Services for over 15 years. When Rabbi Abby Sosland joined our staff, through a generous grant from UJA-Federation of New York, we were able to offer free services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. While we have a suggested donation, we don’t turn

anyone away (until we run out of room).

The Shalit Deal


I understand the feelings of apprehension of the parents and relatives of the innocent victims of Palestinian terrorists, but I cannot begin to appreciate those naysayers who have never been immediately affected by Arab atrocity. 

Were it not for the opportunity to free Gilad Shalit, not one of them should have been freed. Keeping them in our jails and feeding them would not have returned the deceased Jewish victims. Yet their release secured the freedom of the only innocent party in this drama, Shalit.

The World’s Silence


This week there was great rejoicing among Hamas. And who can blame them?

More than 1,000 Arabs freed in exchange for one Jew, Gilad Shalit.

But when you think about it, you can’t help but feel shame for the Arab world. What a formula. One Jew = One Thousand Arabs. How can they not be embarrassed?
“Shetikah KeHodaah” (Silence is Acquiescence). By the world's not saying anything, it’s saying a lot.

The Bronx

Bitter Exchange


Your editorial says of the Gilad Shalit exchange deal that “It was a noble, compassionate and tender act; only time will tell if it was the right one” (‘Impossible, Choice,’ Oct. 21). Sadly, experience tells us that we are not likely to have to wait very long to find out that the decision was a terrible mistake.

Favors Status Quo


In your Sept. 16 issue you published two different opinion pieces on “Israel and the Palestinian Statehood Bid.” Michael Weil took the leftist view that Israel should “support Palestinian statehood in the strongest manner.” Mervyn Danker took the current Israeli government stance that “only a return to the peace table and negotiations” with Israel can lead to a Palestinian state.

Favors Free Services


When I lived on the Upper West Side, I attended Manhattan Jewish Experience Shabbat services; Rabbi [Mark] Wildes does a stellar job with this program. However, I respectfully disagree with his views that “Judaism must be seen as something worth paying for,” and that “anything of true quality costs money,” in reference to Rabbi Wildes’ opposition to free religious services (Letters, Oct. 14).

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