Ross Misses The Mark

09/03/2012 - 20:00

Dennis Ross (“Ross Urges Israel to be ‘Proactive’ with PA,” Aug. 24) while the Arab world is in turmoil could not be more timely and urgent. But his call “for leaders of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take tangible steps to convince the other side that they are serious about a two-state solution” misses the mark. 

‘Throwing Dirt’ On Rabbi Schachter

09/03/2012 - 20:00

So, The Jewish Week and Gary Rosenblatt are at it again, salivating at the possibilities of throwing dirt on an Orthodox Jew — let alone such a prominent one as Rabbi [Hershel] Schachter. (“YU’s Schachter Accused Of Obsolete Views On Church,” Aug. 31).

Excellence In Education

09/03/2012 - 20:00

Thank you for the wonderful essay on Rabbi David Eliach (“The Lessons Of Rabbi Eliach,” Aug. 31). In my 19 years as a faculty member at Yeshivah of Flatbush, Rabbi Eliach taught me to fulfill my potential and showed us all what excellence in education really means. In my subsequent years as an administrator I often use Rabbi Eliach and his approach as my model for how to lead a school.

Gratitude To Rabbi Eliach

09/03/2012 - 20:00

Rabbi David Eliach was — and still is — an outstanding educator (“The Lessons Of Rabbi Eliach,” Aug. 31). I remain in debt to him and his staff for all that they taught me during the four pivotal years I was a student in his high school. Both of his children have gone on to become well-respected educators, as well, which is not at all surprising, given who their parents were.

Condemn The Bystanders

09/03/2012 - 20:00

If Israel wishes to adhere to democratic principles, it is not enough to condemn the young Israelis who viciously attacked an Arab youth (“Making Coexistence A Priority” and “Attack On Arab Youth Seen As ‘Wake-up Call,” Aug. 24).

It is necessary also to condemn the many bystanders, presumably many adults, who stood by and did not intervene. This is totally unacceptable, and failure to do so will not serve Israel’ best interests. Government apathy and public apathy are bigotry’s best friends.

Flushing, Queens

Arabs Not Welcome

09/03/2012 - 20:00

Your editorial, “Making Coexistence A Priority” (Aug. 24) concludes with the hope of “doing our best to address the problem before it is too late.” Dear sir, let me console you. It is already too late. The problem of the Palestinian Arabs was not settled in 1948 under David Ben-Gurion’s administration. It was not settled in 1967 following our victorious Six-Day War. Mistakes were made on our side. Moshe Dayan wrongly gave control of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Waqf, and today no Jew is allowed to pray at the holiest site of Judaism.

The Context Of Hate

09/03/2012 - 20:00

The heinous and dastardly act perpetrated by Israeli youth has been rightly condemned and will justifiably be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (“Attack On Arab Youth Seen As Wake-Up Call,” Aug. 24).

No Stomach For Birthright

08/27/2012 - 20:00

Who wouldn’t go on a free 10-day trip to Israel? The pitiful front-page picture of five young adults taking photos of Israeli food, on the “foodies” Birthright trip to Israel, makes it difficult to believe that Jewish identity will be strengthened for them, that they will marry Jewish, and be involved in the Jewish community over the long term (“Hungry For A Different Israel Experience,” Aug. 17).

Commit To Coexistence

08/27/2012 - 20:00

The Alan B. Slifka Foundation commends The Jewish Week’s editorial urging Israel to take its commitment to coexistence seriously (“Making Coexistence A Priority,” Aug. 24).

Missing The Real Story

08/27/2012 - 20:00

Although I am not excusing an act of violence by Jewish youths in Israel, I do think that such actions should be viewed in their proper perspective (“Attack On Arab Youth Seen As ‘Wake-up Call,” Aug. 24).

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