Letters

JNF’s Role In Beersheva Improvements

03/19/2014
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The front-page story, “Beersheva’s Big Tech Break” (Feb. 21), should have included the real reasons why that city is poised to grow so rapidly. The city has experienced a sea change in its outlook and development in recent years. For more than a decade, the Jewish National Fund has led the effort to convert a garbage strewn ancient wadi in the heart of the city into the Beersheva River Walk Park, an urban park that is about four times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Supports BJ’s Rabbis

03/19/2014
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As a member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun — and one who does not always agree with our rabbis — I read with astonishment Anita Altman’s invitation to leave the shul because of that occasional disagreement (“Support for BJ Rabbis,” Letters, March 7).

Ayalon On ‘Jewish State’

03/19/2014
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Ami Ayalon, the focus of your March 14 “N.Y. Minute,” is an understandable choice to spearhead J Street’s national campaign for Palestinian statehood. Ayalon’s support for creating a Palestinian state presumably will impress his listeners because he has the credibility of having once headed the Shin Bet, Israel’s security services.

On Bipolar Condition

03/19/2014
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High praise goes to Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski for his Opinion piece, “My Struggle With Bipolar Disorder: Time To Speak Out” (March 14), and his genuine explanation of the traumatic experience he’s had in confronting his diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Mysterious Mr. Koufax

03/19/2014
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Steve Lipman’s illuminating article on the brilliant if enigmatic Sandy Koufax deserves high praise (“Where Have You Gone, Sandy Koufax?” March 14).
With the possible exception of biographer Jane Leavy, Lipman has teased more information from and about former Dodger pitcher and current Hall of Famer Koufax than any other writer, including the best and brightest among sports mavens. To illustrate this observation, I would like to share my baffling experience with Mr. Koufax.

Hope For Modern Orthodoxy?

03/12/2014
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Can we actually say that there is a ray a hope for Modern Orthodoxy to
survive in the 21st century? The recent incident at YU involving a rabbinical
student in his participation in a Partnership Minyan has been resolved
according to the powers that be at YU (“Your Semicha Or Your Wife?” Feb. 28). However, for the rest of us who still
prescribe to the norms of Modern Orthodoxy — something truly is amiss.

Honor To Host Ringling Bros. Chef

03/12/2014
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It was such an honor for us to host Matt [Loory] for Kol Nidre services (“He Feeds The Greatest Show On Earth,” March 7.) Getting Matt’s call was great — it almost sounded like a prank. Come on, really? A Jewish young man working for the circus?

Advice For Hotels

03/12/2014
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The Feb. 14 article, “Israel’s Luxe Boom,” about the luxury hotel room boom in Israel, noted that about
half of government subsidies for hotel construction has gone to builders of
high-end hotels. I believe this is a poor allocation of government funds.

Kerry One-Sided

03/12/2014
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Yaakov Kirschen’s Dry Bones cartoon in your Feb. 14 issue compared Secretary of State John Kerry’s prediction of an international boycott against Israel with a Chicago gangster’s “prediction” that “something might happen to you” if you don’t heed his demands.

Opposes Censorship

03/12/2014
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I’d like to commend Sid Schwartz for his Opinion piece criticizing censorship in the
Jewish community, especially around matters regarding Israel (“Limiting Debate On Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” Feb. 7)

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