Letters

Disturbed By Agudath Statement

12/01/2015 - 19:00

As a member of a Modern Orthodox synagogue (founded by a rabbi who now teaches at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah), I was deeply disturbed by the recent proclamation of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America [the Council of Sages], the rabbis who guide the Agudath Israel of America. Their statement denigrated and attempted to delegitimize Rabbi Avi Weiss, a giant of contemporary American Jewry, as well as the institutions he founded and the graduates of said institutions.

Nazi Art Case

12/01/2015 - 19:00

Contrary to the assertion contained in your article (“Nazi Art Case Tests Start Date of Shoah,” Nov. 27), the Motion to Dismiss filed by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Federal Republic of Germany in the Guelph Treasure case in October is not a contention of when the Nazi persecution of Jews began. Nor does the motion argue that the sale could not have been forced merely because it predated the mass murder of Jews. 

Reflections On Ezra

12/01/2015 - 19:00

In recent days it seems the entire world has heard of Ezra Schwartz (“What Ezra Schwartz Taught Us,” Nov. 27). We’ve learned about his amazing passion for Torah, for chesed, and of his great love of Israel.

A Boycott Of Our Own

11/24/2015 - 19:00

The European Union has decided to label goods coming from the West Bank and
we tend to wring our hands in despair. While it might be difficult to
identify all goods coming from these European countries to boycott in return, a good first step would be to focus on wine and liquor, which are easier to
identify.

Honor Sinatra On His Centennial

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Frank Sinatra, who was born Dec. 12, 1915, had a love for the Jewish people that goes back to his early childhood
in Hoboken, N.J. Sinatra’s mother many times left young Frank with a Jewish friend by
the name of Mrs. Golden. For a special occasion, Mrs. Golden
presented Sinatra, then a child, with a mezuzah as a gift — which he wore around his neck his
entire life.

It Takes A Community

11/24/2015 - 19:00

I read with interest Rabbi Gerald Zelizer’s Opinion piece, “The Evolving Role Of The American Rabbi” (Oct. 23), on issues
around the conservative rabbinate in the past, present and future. Overall I
found the article interesting and pretty much on the mark for the past. But there is an issue I think Rabbi
Zelizer omitted.

Important Initiative

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Thank you to Gary Rosenblatt for having the courage to write about the Muslim
Leadership Initiative (“Where Muslims, Jews Clash — And Hug,” Nov. 20) that helps bridge the gap between Muslims and
Jews. Like the Muslim participants who received criticism from their own
community, Rosenblatt risked members of our Jewish community lashing out
at him for “engaging with the enemy.”

Fallen Into Trap

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Where Muslims, Jews Clash — And Hug” (Nov. 20) makes it quite clear why the MLI (Muslim Leadership Institute) founded by the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and New York is considered “controversial” and has been kept “under wraps.”

Important Encounters

11/24/2015 - 19:00

In “Where Muslims, Jews Clash — And Hug” (Nov. 20), Gary Rosenblatt writes about
the lack of knowledge that American Jews and Muslims have about each other, and the importance of hearing “the other’s truth.”

Get The Facts Straight

11/17/2015 - 19:00

Re: “Needed: New Thinking On Palestine/Israel Divide” (Opinion, Nov. 13). Yes, new thinking would be invaluable. But before the brainstorming, how about some old fashioned learning to get the facts straight on Israel, just as we require Torah study before commentary.

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