Letters

Supports Ramaz On Khalidi

03/12/2014
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Kudos to Paul Shaviv and the Ramaz administration (“Ramaz Israel Row Points To Larger Trends,” Feb. 28) for rescinding a student group’s speaking invitation to Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor who has spouted anti-Israel rhetoric and hatred.

Students Need Wider View Of History

03/12/2014
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Most American students, including most Jewish students, unfortunately know very little about modern history (“Ramaz Israel Row Points To Larger Trends,” Feb. 28). Before inviting or disinviting speakers of any persuasion, Jewish day schools have an obligation to expose their students to the full story of the 20th-century experiences of Jews from Arab/Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya and more — which can be done quite effectively in a visual medium through painstakingly made documentary films, all easily available from the National Center for Jewish Film.

Response To Lincoln Square Letter

03/05/2014
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Regarding Morton Landowne’s letter responding to my own Letter to the Editor on Lincoln Square Synagogue (Letter, Jan. 29): First, “co-Segan” is not “gabbai” [Jewish Week editors provided that definition; the original letter did not define it]. Those with Hebrew knowledge will quickly intuit that it means “deputy” or “vice,” as in “vice-president.”

Misreading Kerry

03/05/2014
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Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks in no way imply that the U.S. might join a
boycott of Israel, as your Editorial charges (“Kerry Adds Fuel To BDS Fire,”
Feb. 7). To the contrary, he warns that further sanctions by Israel’s
critics would be disastrous.

Support For BJ Rabbis

03/05/2014
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I have been a member of B’nai Jeshurun since 1987, and I fiercely support
our rabbis’ right to speak the truth as they see it (“B’nai Jeshurun Defections Fuel Debate Over Rabbi’s Role,” Feb. 28). Abraham Joshua
Heschel’s teachings that bring together a profound commitment both to
Jewish spirituality and social justice are the inspiration that has
transformed B’nai Jeshurun into the vibrant, progressive congregation that
it is today.

Wrong On ‘Partnership Minyanim’

03/05/2014
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The accusation that feminist Orthodoxy is Conservative Judaism in disguise
might lead some to see my defense of “partnership minyanim” as proof. But I
take seriously the notion that leaders from every Jewish stream can speak to
and regarding each other without being marginalized nor conflated. The very
framing of this issue by The Jewish Week (“Your Semicha Or Your Wife,”
Feb. 26) is troubling.

Advice For Hotels

02/26/2014
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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.

Opposes Censorship

02/26/2014
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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).

Kerry One-Sided

02/26/2014
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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.

Misreading Kerry

02/26/2014
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Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks in no way imply that the U.S. might join a
boycott of Israel, as your Editorial charges (“Kerry Adds Fuel To BDS Fire,”
Feb. 7). To the contrary, he warns that further sanctions by Israel’s
critics would be disastrous.

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