Letters

Mayor Koch’s Day At YU

02/12/2013 - 19:00

It was in the spring of 1983 that the bullets began to rain down on Yeshiva University’s Washington Heights Campus. I had just walked by Furst Hall, the main classroom and administrative building when a drive-by shooter pierced its wide glass-door entrance with the first volley of bullets. Other incidents were to follow in and around our urban campus, putting Yeshiva on high alert. The response by the NYPD was swift and pervasive.

Egypt And Iran

02/05/2013 - 19:00

The picture this week of Egypt’s President Morsi greeting Iranian President Ahmadinejad as he disembarked at Cairo airport for the first visit to Egypt by Iranian head of state since 1979 is frightening (“Amadinejad Visits Cairo, Says He’d Like To Go To Gaza,” on thejewishweek.com).

ZOA And Obama

02/05/2013 - 19:00

Douglas Bloomfield, on the Political Insider blog, mentions the ZOA as among those organizations “which can be counted upon to oppose virtually anything the Obama administration does in the Middle East” (“Obama’s Farm Team,” Jan. 25).

Closing The Economic Gaps In Israel

02/05/2013 - 19:00

We were pleased and proud to see Shimon Solomon featured in The Jewish Week (“The New Faces of the 19th Knesset,” JTA story, Jan. 29).

Cartoons And Politics

02/05/2013 - 19:00

In the Jan. 11 issue, Steve Greenberg’s cartoon makes a very ironic point.

Funding For Jewish Education

02/05/2013 - 19:00

Julie Weiner’s insightful article (“For Jewish Education Reform, A ‘Very Messy Period’”, Jan 29, 2013) on the challenges facing many national agencies today highlights the discussions between The Jewish Education Project and JESNA concerning how we might combine assets to benefit Jewish education in New York and nationally.

A Solution For Sharansky

01/29/2013 - 19:00

In the first paragraph of his column, “Sharansky’s Mission Impossible” (Jan. 25), Gary Rosenblatt describes the traditionalists as opposing women’s prayer services at The Wall “on religious grounds.” He doesn’t credit Women of the Wall with wanting to daven at the holiest place in Judaism as having religious reasons. Both sides have both political and religious reasons for their positions.

Women Praying At The Wall

01/29/2013 - 19:00

Regarding “Sharansky’s Mission Impossible” (Editor’s column, Jan. 25), in Tel Aviv, where secularism dominates, nobody objects to also having single-sex beach areas

We need an area of the Western Wall, a place that would be and feel like part of the “real” Western Wall,” where women and men could pray together with completely equal religious rights.

Celebrating Heschel And King

01/29/2013 - 19:00

I was delighted to read “Cornel West Trumpeting Heschel’s Prophetic Vision,” Jan. 25.

Judaism Without God?

01/29/2013 - 19:00

Leonard Petlakh, the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, wants to “reach the unengaged and create a Jewish memory together” (Opinion, “Getting A Communal Conversation Started,” Jan. 4).

To accomplish this goal, he suggests that “the challenge is to find Jewish leaders who can talk ‘Jewish’ without the God language. Work on easing the uninspired into Jewish civilization. Give them a subsidized experience that can lead to creating that lasting Jewish memory.”

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