Regret For Applause

04/13/2016 - 08:58

I finally understood the appeal of Donald Trump from his speech at the AIPAC conference. Calling Obama the worst president ever for Israel resonated in applause — for the comment, not the candidate — from most attendees. In retrospect, I regret harming AIPAC’s vital mission — to gain the well-deserved support for Israel from all of America’s elected officials, especially the president – by behaving so differently than did Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt (Letter, April 1). 

Ironic Argument

04/13/2016 - 08:56

I read with interest Rabbi Baum’s piece on the formation of the new lay-led Modern Orthodox organization, PORAT (“Do We Need Another Modern Orthodox Organization?” Opinion, March 25).

Responding To RCA

04/13/2016 - 08:54

Regarding Rabbi Shalom Baum’s Opinion column, “Do We Need Another Modern Orthodox Organization?” (March 25), the resounding answer is, unfortunately, yes.

Looking Good

04/05/2016 - 18:11

 As a subscriber for several years I have always looked upon the same ageless photographs of columnists wondering what their present day selves are like. And then along came Francine Klagsbrun’s “Vanity Fair” column (March 11). What a wonderful piece.

Misleading Message

04/05/2016 - 18:10

Your Editorial about Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN and Dani Dayan, newly appointed Israeli Consul-General in NY, is unfortunately misleading. (“Goodbye Brazil, Hello New York,” March 25.)

Highlighting Contradictions

04/05/2016 - 18:09

 “Forget Brazil, Hello New York” (Editorial, March 25), highlights Israel’s lack of credibility when it appoints diplomats such as
Dani Dayan — consul general-designee to New York — with his personal views on the
two-state solution that are in stark conflict with the purported policy of
the State of Israel — and its commitments to the United States and other
friends in the international community. Dayan, while emblematic of this
larger problem, comes to New York with an even greater challenge.

Responding To RCA

03/29/2016 - 19:03

Regarding Rabbi Shalom Baum’s Opinion column, “Do We Need Another Modern Orthodox Organization?” (March 25), the resounding answer is, unfortunately, yes.

Walk Out Or Stay?

03/29/2016 - 19:01

Many of us who attended the AIPAC conference last week grappled with the dilemma of whether to attend or walk out on Donald Trump’s speech, given that he has espoused bigoted and divisive statements (“Wrong Takeaway For Trump,” Editorial, March 25).

On Moving To The Right

03/23/2016 - 09:41

I read Gary Rosenblatt’s interesting column on [the grassroots group] PORAT (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” March 11), but I found one line particularly disturbing.
“Since then,” it read, “Modern Orthodoxy has in many ways moved further to the religious right, in part driven by young people who return from a post-high school gap year or two of yeshiva/seminary study in Israel with a more rigorous commitment to ritual observance and to strict separation of the sexes, influenced by the religious teachings of their rebbes in Israel.”

‘Brief’ Too Short

03/16/2016 - 09:54

I respectfully believe the Jewish Telegraphic Agency News Brief you carried (“40 Columbia Profs Sign BDS Petition,” March 4) was too brief. It lacked context in two important respects. It did not say how many professors did not sign the petition. Secondly, the piece referred to all the allegations of the anti-Semites who signed the petition without at least correcting their misstatements of facts.

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