I do not understand why The Jewish Week provides exposure to Rev. Al Sharpton (“Sharpton To Discuss Crown Heights On Hamptons Panel,” Aug. 19), who fomented the anti-Semitic 1991 Crown Heights riots (with references to “apartheid,” Jewish residents as “diamond merchants” and “no justice, no peace”).
Healing racial tensions between the black and Jewish communities of Crown Heights is imperative for the two groups to co-exist. No one disputes that. In fact, after the 1991 Crown Heights riots the Lubavitcher rebbe, in looking toward the future, told Mayor David Dinkins that the black and Jewish communities are “one side, one people, living in one city.”
With that said, there is no basis to equate the Jewish community’s
The news of how Shomrim societies operate (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22) is shocking. It is tragic that these societies and the communities in which they are based seem to be more concerned with rabbinic laws about mesirah (informing on a Jew) than the biblical laws such as pikuach nefesh (saving a life). They are, of course, also transgressing the civil laws for reporting sexual abuse.
Reporting the truth about horrible deeds is not an attack on a religious sect (“Is It ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” Editor’s Column, Aug. 5) It is a means of protecting current and potential victims. My choice is always enlightenment.
Honest reporting is a means to maintaining the integrity of a newspaper.
Regarding your reporting on the Shomrim, and subsequent responses, it is clear that Orthodox Jews were uniformly offended by your article while secular Jews took pleasure in reading negative stories about the chasidic community. This does not surprise me — we are no longer one people but two parties: The Orthodox are the Republicans, and the secular Jews are the Democrats.
Talk about a red herring! The headline of Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Is It ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek a Safer Community?” (Aug. 5), in reference to the anti-Shomrim article in The Jewish Week, is the very definition of one.
Gary Rosenblatt bemoans the swift and strong criticism against The Jewish Week for “Orthodoxy bashing” arising out of Hella Winston’s stinging criticism of Shomrim and the role it played in the search for Leiby Kletzky (“Is It ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” Aug. 5).
Your front-page story (“Young Russian Jews In Assimilation Bind,” Aug. 5) on integrating the Russian Jewish community “into the American Jewish mainstream” gave the impression that their political views seem to leave them outside of the mainstream. It suggested that “Jewish education will bring integration in its wake.”