Letters

Ohel Not To Blame

03/08/2011

As regards your article entitled, “Abuse Case Tests Ohel’s Adherence To Reporting Laws” (Feb. 25), I would like to convey what I believe is an egregious assertion by The Jewish Week.

You assert that Ohel has put children at serious risk “by treating known sexual abusers who have not been reported to law enforcement and whose proclivities are protected from being made public by confidentiality laws, should they drop out of treatment.”

This is seemingly malicious.

Hearings Un-American?

03/08/2011

Having followed Rep. Peter King’s distinguished congressional service, I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with Jewish critics who would categorize his committee’s hearings on domestic Islamic terrorism as un-American or McCarthy like (“Are Peter King’s Hearings Un-American?” Feb. 18).

It is naïve and shortsighted for Jewish clergy, of all people, to ignore or liberally whitewash the clear and present danger facing America and the Jewish community in particular from Islamic fanaticism.

Tough Love Needed

03/08/2011

The many views expressed from the left to the right as to what the current “unrest in the Middle East” means for Israeli-Palestinian peace omit the most important lesson to be learned (again) about the region: The status quo, which is comfortable one day, can be upended the next (“Mideast Unrest Hardening Positions In Community,” Feb. 18).

Recent (Turkey) and older (Iran) events in the Middle East should also show Israel that allies can pull away or even become antagonists.

Important Distinction

03/02/2011

In his well reasoned and judicious Opinion piece, “Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent” (Feb. 18), John Ruskay has displayed a much-needed guidance and common sense regarding communal discussion and debate concerning the State of Israel.

Education Is Not Enough

03/02/2011

There are few Jewish leaders I respect more than John Ruskay — thus my extreme disappointment with his Opinion piece (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Feb. 18).

While I know that Ruskay loathes Israel’s delegitimizers/ demonizers as much as anyone, I fear that his words will provide them — and those who abet them — with new “cover.”

Hearings Un-American?

03/01/2011

Having followed Rep. Peter King’s distinguished congressional service, I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with Jewish critics who would categorize his committee’s hearings on domestic Islamic terrorism as un-American or McCarthy-like (“Are Peter King’s Hearings Un-American?” Feb. 18).

It is naïve and shortsighted for Jewish clergy, of all people, to ignore or liberally whitewash the clear and present danger facing America and the Jewish community in particular from Islamic fanaticism.

Tough Love Needed

03/01/2011

The many views expressed from the left to the right as to what the current “unrest in the Middle East” means for Israeli-Palestinian peace omit the most important lesson to be learned (again) about the region: The status quo that is comfortable one day can be upended the next (“Mideast Unrest Hardening Positions In Community,” Feb. 18).

Recent (Turkey) and older (Iran) events in the Middle East should also show Israel that allies can pull away or even become antagonists.

All In The Family

03/01/2011

As someone who often finds himself identifying with a conservative point of view on both social and political issues, I want to support John Ruskay’s Opinion piece, “Combating Delegitimization Requires a Big Tent” (Feb. 18). I have been living in Israel for several months each year, beginning six years ago, and I read “religiously” both the left-wing Haaretz and the centrist Jerusalem Post every day. I often find this a painful process, given the opposing positions one finds daily in each paper.

Kudos To Ruskay

03/01/2011

Once again, John Ruskay has demonstrated that he is not only an extraordinarily effective organizational leader, but a profound and courageous thinker (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Opinion, Feb. 18). The stridency that he points to, that unwillingness to hear those who disagree with us, characterizes not only discourse about Israel in America, but Israeli discourse about the future of the Jewish state as well.

Limits And Obligations

03/01/2011

While I have great respect for John Ruskay as a communal leader, I have concerns with his suggestion that “a big tent” is what is needed to combat anti-Israel actions (“Combating Delegitimization Requires A Big Tent,” Feb. 18).

The question not addressed is “are there any limits?” We all recognize that everyone is entitled to his or her own view. However, when we speak of Jewish organizations that represent

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