Letters

Call Out Blumenthal

07/05/2016 - 21:49

In “Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump” (July 1), Gary Rosenblatt points out a legitimate concern for Israel supporters regarding Hillary Clinton’s candidacy — her willing acceptance of the “rabidly anti-Zionist writings of Max Blumenthal,” sent through his father, Sidney, a trusted advisor.

Moving To The Dark Side

07/05/2016 - 21:48

I have known, respected and followed Gary Rosenblatt since the mid-1980s when he was the editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. Until recently I have always considered him an honest reporter and commentator — one whose words should be listened to.

BDS Position On Israel

07/05/2016 - 21:47

A June 23 Letter from Talia Benamy of J Street claims that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, which J Street opposes, does not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. I would dispute that point.

Ironic Unity

07/05/2016 - 21:46

The front page of the June 17 issue had two very timely articles. Nathan Jeffay (“Tel Aviv And Orlando: Tied By Terror”) made the connection between the terror attack by two Palestinians in Tel Aviv and the terror attack in Orlando (where the terrorist declared his allegiance to ISIS). The report by Hannah Dreyfus (“LGBT Leaders Here Mixing Sorrow With Action”) described the LGBT community’s reaction to the Orlando attack and quotes Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum that the clergy were all united “to reject any anti-Muslim energy coming out of this.”

Upset At Upscale Prices

06/29/2016 - 09:27

You seem to have no idea how offensive your Luxury Living (Summer 2016) supplement’s Israel-related articles were to young Israelis priced out of the market due to the growth of the luxury market. Because of complexes such as the Park Eight (a mere five-minute walk from my apartment), few Jerusalemites can ever hope to live in the same city as their parents.

Welcoming Efforts Unreciprocated

06/29/2016 - 09:25

The conclusions reached by Andres Spokoiny in his Opinion essay, “What We Can Learn From Russian-Speaking Jews Here” (June 3), are completely opposite from the truth. As a member of the Rego Park Jewish Center, a traditional Conservative temple bordering Forest Hills, we have repeatedly reached out to encourage the Bukharian Jews in this area to pray with us; to meet with us; to enjoy a kiddush or holiday with us. Never once in all these years has there been a response or a reciprocal invitation for us to join them.

On Ruth And Conversions

06/29/2016 - 09:23

The responses from Rabbis Avi Shafran and Allen Schwartz (Letters, June 24) to Gary Rosenblatt’s column (June 17) stating that Ruth’s conversion wouldn’t be accepted by today’s Israeli Chief Rabbinate are unpersuasive, laced with platitudes and avoid Rosenblatt’s central point.

J Street Pleased

06/29/2016 - 09:22

We at J Street are delighted that Israel’s minister for strategic affairs, Gilad Erdan, has reached out to us in his efforts to combat the global BDS movement (“J Street Now Key Player in BDS War,” June 24). J Street has long been not only an opponent of BDS, but, in fact, one of the most successful pro-Israel organizations pushing the anti-BDS message.

Attitudes Toward Gay Jews

06/29/2016 - 09:19

“Orthodox Judaism considers homosexuality to be a sin,” claimed a Jewish Week article about Eshel, an organization for LGBT Jews and their families (“Orthodox Shuls Host LGBT Event, Amid Row,” June 10).

Forget The Two-State Solution

06/21/2016 - 22:33

The “two-state solution” has long been dead. Polls of Arabs in Judea and Samaria clearly indicate that nothing short of a one-state solution — the eradication of Israel and the “return” of the Nakba “refugees” — will please them. Until and unless there is an Arab leadership to end the campaign of hatred against Israel, there is no hope of a peaceful solution.

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