Letters

Bad News If Tax Cuts Expire

12/10/2012 - 19:00

While the 240 rabbis who signed a letter in support of President Barack Obama’s proposal to allow tax cuts to expire at the end of the year for those making over $250,000 annually are likely well intentioned, I wonder if they have fully considered the broader implications of this policy (“Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts,” Dec. 7).

Whose ‘Just Society’?

12/10/2012 - 19:00

In “Community Breaks Silence On Bush-Era Tax Cuts” (Dec. 7), Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc, is quoted as stating that “building a just America means that we who have enjoyed this great nation’s opportunities must also share its burdens.”

While I do empathize with goal of “building a just America,” I am perplexed by how van Capelle defines these lofty ideals.

Orthodox Racism?

12/03/2012 - 19:00

Ari Goldman’s quip that “Orthodox Jews live like Puerto Ricans and vote like billionaires” might be a bit off target (“Obama And The Orthodox Jews,’ Mixed Media, Nov. 30).

Misuse Of Labels

12/03/2012 - 19:00

One may safely leave it to The David Project, apparently, to confuse the issue by the convenient misuse of labels (“’Liberals’ And ‘Leftists’ Are Not The Same,” Opinion, Nov. 30).

One need not be on the left to believe that there is a measure of exploitation in imperialism, that wealth and poverty do in many cases stand in a causal relationship, and that Israel, especially through its current right-wing policies, causes needless additional Palestinian suffering. 

Cautious About New Schools

12/03/2012 - 19:00

As an alumnus of an “established” yeshiva day school, I was interested by your coverage of the experimental startup schools (“Lower Tuition School Model Spawning Imitators,” Nov. 23).

While I admire the noble goal of trying to address the tuition crisis through lower-cost education (putting more kids in classrooms, having fewer administrators, etc.), I didn’t see any evidence cited regarding the efficacy of the new technologies, especially in the realm of Judaic education.

A Meeting Place In Print

11/26/2012 - 19:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “What If There Were No Jewish Newspapers...?” (Nov. 9) and the future of Jewish media:

A simple solution, perhaps not; but when so many want us wiped off the map, should we not be concerned with giving ourselves a voice?

Even in an atmosphere of quick connection and text messaging there is a need for “a meeting-place” for the readers to join in spirit and quench their thirst for quality information on important issues concerning all Jewish communities.

Staying Connected

11/26/2012 - 19:00

I agree wholeheartedly with Roberta Marcus Leiner (“Sandy Underscores Need For Connected Community,” Opinion, Nov. 9) about the importance of coordination across UJA-Federation of New York agencies in the wake of Sandy.

In our 23-year history New York Legal Assistance Group has never seen anything like the legal demands resulting from the storm that are now being placed on all city agencies that provide free legal advice to low-income people. It is truly on a scale that is unprecedented.

Improvising At The Bima

11/26/2012 - 19:00

Regarding “Grooving The Cantorial Tradition” (Nov. 2), chazzanut, or, the cantorial art, is often equated to opera, and being a fan of both, I must acknowledge to having heard “improvizatya” at both. 

Heed The Warnings

11/26/2012 - 19:00

James Besser’s insightful, very disturbing essay, “Warning Signs For Israel In Vote,” (Nov. 16), points out why the election campaign should give the majority of American Jews — and especially American Jewish leaders — much cause for concern and reassessment.

Improvising At The Bima

11/19/2012 - 19:00

Regarding “Grooving The Cantorial Tradition” (Nov. 2), chazzanut, or, the cantorial art, is often equated to opera, and being a fan of both, I must acknowledge to having heard “improvizatya” at both. 

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