In Praise Of Women Rabbis

06/13/2011 - 20:00

As officers of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, in Flushing, Queens, we are writing to inform the readership of The Jewish Week about the very positive experience we have with our female rabbi, in an egalitarian Conservative congregation. We are a community made up of both young and old members who enjoy learning and growing with our rabbi.

Speak Up About ‘Sexting’

06/13/2011 - 20:00

Most of the media focus surrounding the Anthony Weiner saga has been about him, the women he contacted and what his future holds. While these are all things that need to be considered, I believe there is an important issue that has been largely ignored that needs to be addressed.

Messianic Message

06/06/2011 - 20:00

Although I am not affiliated with Chabad, I have tremendous respect for the devotion and work of the shluchim (emissaries) around the world. They are probably the best Jewish outreach organization on the planet. That being said, I’m beginning to wonder if they will continue to be “Jewish.”

Advice For Seminaries

06/06/2011 - 20:00

Regarding the May 6 article, “Alienation From Israel Hitting Liberal Seminaries,” the basic problem as I see it lies in the reluctance to separate a robust support for Israel as a viable state from supporting the politics of various governments of Israel.

One can be for settlements or against, for mixed prayers at the Western Wall or against, or for the way the Palestinians are treated or against, but that should not in any way affect the support for Israel as a state any more than the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan undermined that of the U.S.

Starting On The Wrong Foot

06/06/2011 - 20:00

In the title of their Opinion article “Marching For Israel With Love And Criticism” (May 27), Rabbis Jill Jacobs and David Rosenn reveal the error of their premise that the Celebrate Israel parade is a legitimate venue for expressing criticism of Israel. I disagree with them. If they believe that they can march in the parade and use the occasion for criticizing Israel they are starting off on the wrong foot.

Mideast’s Dr. No

06/06/2011 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt has it exactly right: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “should have responded positively to the president’s speeches instead of reinforcing his image that he — rather than Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas — is the Mideast’s Dr. No” (“Bibi Opts For Confrontation,” May 27).

Applauds Netanyahu

06/06/2011 - 20:00

Regarding Gary Rosenblatt’s perspective in “Bibi Opts For Confrontation” (May 27), I respectfully reject his criticism that Bibi was “too quick to assert that Israel could never abide by the pre-1967 borders, so quick, in fact, that he appears to the world as the primary stumbling block to progress.” It is true that many will choose to believe that and it is also true that it is important that the prime minister foster a good relationship with President Barack Obama — but not at any price.

Obama No Friend

06/06/2011 - 20:00

In response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Bibi Opts For Confrontation” (May 27), I must first say that I have always enjoyed his well-considered columns in the past. However, he might value the view of a Canadian, a person who does not have any emotional or psychological connection to the “presidency,” a kind of mystic that I detect in many Americans.

Netanyahu Had No Choice

06/06/2011 - 20:00

I must respectfully disagree with Gary Rosenblatt’s view that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have called “the Palestinians’ bluff by welcoming the president’s speech as a good starting point for peace talks” (“Bibi Opts For Confrontation,” Between The Lines, May 27).

Renew Peace Talks

05/30/2011 - 20:00

In his overview of reactions from various quarters to the recent reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, both positive and negative (“Shifting Palestinian Alliances,” May 13), Stewart Ain overlooks two important facts that bear positively on this issue. One is that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has affirmed that the PLO will continue to head any negotiation process and is willing to engage in talks calling for two states, based upon already agreed-upon principles.

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