Letters

Beinart Accomplishment

04/02/2012 - 20:00

In his column, “Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia” (March 23), Gary Rosenblatt challenges Peter Beinart’s argument that “settlements are the key to Israel’s future.” It’s true that Israel has other major threats from Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. But what Rosenblatt fails to recognize is that Israel’s partners for peace/defense will multiply exponentially once the settlement problem is resolved and there are two democratic states living side by side.

Backing Away On Bris Ritual

04/02/2012 - 20:00

I wish to clarify remarks that were attributed to me on the subject of metzitzah b’peh (“Haredi Rift Opens Over Bris Ritual,” March 30).

The practice is indeed time honored and is followed by the majority of the Orthodox Jewish community today around the world, as it has been for thousands of years.

Seder Guests

04/02/2012 - 20:00

I very much enjoyed Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s thought-provoking Opinion piece, “Guess Who’s Coming to Seder?” (March 30), and used it as a springboard to discuss his idea with my family. If they could choose anyone to join in our Pesach seder, who would they want to be there?

Pidyon HaBen Memory

03/26/2012 - 20:00

Thanks to Gary Rosenblatt for another beautiful, personal piece, this one related to the Pidyon HaBen of his newest grandchild (“New Grandchild, Ancient Ritual,” March 2).

I was actually married with children of my own before I attended my first Pidyon HaBen and it was replete with the silver tray and jewelry around the baby. I recall being amazed with the entire process.

Foxman And Geller

03/26/2012 - 20:00

It was grossly irrational for Anti-Defamation League national President Abraham Foxman to lump Pamela Geller with Patrick Buchanan and Rev. Louis Farrakhan (“Russell Simmons’ Blind Spot For Bigotry,” Opinion, March 16).

J Street Anti-Israel?

03/26/2012 - 20:00

It pains me greatly to say this, but I believe that Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, is right and editor Gary Rosenblatt is wrong [regarding Klein’s statement that J Street is anti-Israel and Rosenblatt’s taking exception to that in his blog entry, “Don’t Call J Street ‘Anti-Israel’”].

Any organization that did the following is anti-Israel (as Rosenblatt does include in his entry): supported the Goldstone report; and called on the U.S. administration to veto a UN resolution condemning Israel.

Beinart Offers False Choice

03/26/2012 - 20:00

Peter Beinart’s problem is that he uses a straw man to judge Israel — not reality (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23). He should compare Bibi Netanyahu with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Which country in the history of civilization continued to do business as usual during times of war as it did during times of peace? Has there ever been a society at war that did not alter the relationship between the state and the individual?

Boycott Boomerang

03/26/2012 - 20:00

I was glad to see that Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and David Harris of the American Jewish Committee oppose Peter Beinart on boycotting products made in the West Bank (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

I would like to add that by promoting a boycott, all you create is unemployment among Palestinian workers who also work with Jewish Israelis in the West Bank. Anyone who visits the West Bank will see an interaction between Israelis and Palestinians on the economic front that favors the Arab population. It amazes me that Beinart can’t see that.

‘Settlements’ Not Key Issue

03/26/2012 - 20:00

With all due respect to Peter Beinart and others like him who argue that the “settlements” are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the fact is that there were settlements when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat entered into an agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, when Jordan’s King Hussein entered into an agreement with Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and when PLO President Yasir Arafat entered into a series of agreements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — yes, that same Netanyahu (“Pushing Morality, A Victim O

On Bris Controversy

03/26/2012 - 20:00

Dr. Gary Gelbfish presents the “medical facts” in the bris controversy (“In Debating Bris Controversy, Know The Medical Facts,” Opinion, March 16).

As an infectious-disease specialist in practice for almost 27 years, I can say that much of what was presented in the article was not “fact.” Many of the “facts” were omitted. Other “facts” do not have relevance to the present situation.

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