Letters

West Side Story

01/29/2014
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 If the distinguished “Co-Segan” (gabbai) of Congregation Shearith Israel has a beef with The Jewish Week for failing to characterize his shul as “in-vogue,” why take it out on Lincoln Square Synagogue? (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 10).

Accepting Environment

01/29/2014
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Rabbi Rick Jacobs preaches that the Jewish people should not discourage interfaith marriage and should, in fact, view it as a positive, as a natural development of our having been accepted into an open-minded free society (“’Being Against Intermarriage Is Like Being Against Gravity,’” Jan. 17).

Nothing Is Inevitable

01/29/2014
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Regarding the address Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, gave to the biennial (“Being Against Intermarriage Is Like Being Against Gravity,” Editor’s column, Jan. 17): The most dangerous word for the religious project is “inevitability.”

Sharon Not Democratic

01/22/2014
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Your Editorial (“Remembering Sharon,” Jan. 10) and reports last week failed to mention one additional, very important part of Ariel Sharon’s permanent legacy.

Agrees With Rabbi Jacobs

01/22/2014
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Poor Analogy

01/22/2014
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Your Editorial criticism of the Rabbinical Council of America’s failure to
stand up to the Israeli chief rabbinate is appropriate (Jan. 17), but its
headline (“First They Came For The Liberal Rabbis…”) is not. The
wording of that headline is a deliberate echo of the well-known words of
Pastor Martin Niemöller concerning those who failed to stand up to the Nazis
in the early days of their consolidation of power.

Invoking Hitler

01/22/2014
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Yehuda Kurtzer (“When Metaphor Fails,” Opinion, Jan. 3) decries comparisons between Israel’s enemies and Nazi Germany. I suspect that most Jews would be less likely to make such analogies if the other side was not constantly invoking Hitler.

On Hitler Analogies

01/22/2014
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Yehuda Kurtzer (“When Metaphor Fails,” Opinion, Jan. 3) calls for an end to “irresponsible analogies” between contemporary events and aspects of the Nazi era. He is correct that it would be irresponsible to suggest that Iran’s leaders today are identical to Hitler, or that the negotiations with Iran are exactly the same as the negotiations that led to the 1938 Munich agreement. Obviously there are differences. But that does not mean there is no room to ever compare the present with the past. Examining past situations that were comparable in some way to those of today is crucial to learning from past mistakes.

West Side Story

01/15/2014
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 If the distinguished “Co-Segan” (gabbai) of Congregation Shearith Israel has a beef with The Jewish Week for failing to characterize his shul as “in-vogue,” why take it out on Lincoln Square Synagogue? (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 10).

Sharon Not Democratic

01/15/2014
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Your Editorial (“Remembering Sharon”) and reports last week failed to mention one additional, very important part of Ariel Sharon’s permanent legacy.

When he announced the withdrawal from Gaza, many members of his party, the Likud, protested. So he announced that he would follow the democratic process. He would conduct a referendum among Likud members, and he pledged that he would be bound by the results.

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