Letters

Stuck In Time Warp

08/23/2011

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.

Choosing Enlightenment

08/23/2011

 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.
Thank you.

Baltimore, Md.

Jewish Week As MSNBC

08/23/2011

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.

Uncaring About The Orthodox

08/23/2011

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.

Defender Of The Paper

08/23/2011

As an observant Jew, I am troubled by the letters appearing in The Jewish Week that are critical of the paper’s coverage of Orthodox Jews.

As a faithful reader for many years, I have always found The Jewish Week’s editorials and reporting to be fair and balanced and critical when needed of all branches of Judaism.

Goldman Biased?

08/23/2011

Words alone cannot express my disappointment in the article that Ari Goldman has written (“Telling It Like It Wasn’t,” Aug. 12).

Terrible Timing

08/16/2011

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).

Russian Political Views

08/16/2011

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.”

Wrong On English Al Jazeera

08/16/2011

I found that Stewart Ain’s “report” on Al Jazeera was fundamentally wrong (“Concern Over Al Jazeera English Network Here”). I realize he checked with his sources (CAMERA, etc.), but I must ask, has he watched their coverage?

Flawed On Multiculturalism

08/16/2011

Unexceptionable commonplaces aside, David Galchinsky’s opinion piece, “Multiculturalism And the Lessons from Norway” by David Galchinksy (Aug. 5) is fatally flawed. Factual errors abound, including dismissing the unprecedented anti-Semitism of the ascendant Muslim demographic, which has revitalized latent anti-Semitism within Europe’s largely post-Christian cultures.

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