Gary Rosenblatt surely is to be commended for his courage and insight in publicly recognizing that the so-called Rotem Knesset bill on conversions should be recognized and appreciated by all American Jews, Orthodox or otherwise, for what it is, rather than be attacked for what it is not (Aug. 6).
I agree with Gary Rosenblatt (“On Rotem Conversion Bill, Focus Should Be On Israel,” Aug. 6) that on the Rotem bill the primary, though not exclusive, focus should be on Israel. Israel is the homeland and state for all Jews. Israel is home to growing, vibrant Reform, Conservative and spiritual communities and to the majority of Jews who do not choose any formal religious affiliation or practice.
The Jewish Week in an Editorial (“Rage On the Airwaves,” Aug. 13) has attacked Glenn Beck as “extremist” for his references to Nazism, and Fox News as “two-faced.” Which leaves me to wonder — did The Jewish Week devote an Editorial to excoriate House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi for alleging Nazi connection to Tea Party members?
I wish that your readers, who so proudly support the Muslims building a mosque at the edge of Ground Zero, would at the very least equally demonstrate the same support for Jews building in the land of Israel.
In regards to the varied discussions and positions on Cordoba House: When my Jewish brethren say, “We should be open-minded and fair and not bigoted, etc.,” it is something I have come to respect and truly admire and love about “our people.” We have always been openly pro and con on many topics, and are our own best supporters and detractors.
As a former national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, I agree with National Director Abe Foxman’s observation that the World Trade Center site stands for many of us as a communal cemetery, and that the feelings of many Americans and others about the suitability of the location of the mosque should be respected.
It is not a matter of property rights, freedom of religion or tolerance. It is simply a matter of how many people think and feel.
I laud the decision to clear the way for the Cordoba House to be built (“In Wake of ADL, Jewish Groups Back Ground Zero Mosque,” Aug. 6). Stopping its construction would have amounted to denial of religious freedom.
While I understand the need for sensitivity in addressing the concerns of relatives of 9/11 victims, allowing the Cordoba Initiative to build a peaceful community center shows the radical, evil supporters of Osama bin Laden that Americans gladly espouse the attitude of tolerance that he so abhors.
Regarding “A Mosque Near Ground Zero” (Editorial, July 30): Naming this project after Cordoba, the capital of Islamic Spain, and placing such an edifice at the site, or even near, the World Trade Center hallowed ground, is not the act of a friend. It far more resembles, as in past Islamic conquest efforts, the placing of mosques atop the sacred — or even semi-sacred — structures of the vanquished.