Israel Issue In N.Y. Race

09/19/2011 - 20:00

Regarding the race to succeed Democrat Anthony Weiner in New York’s 9th Congressional District, here’s what has changed in the Jewish community, as evidenced by the election of Bob Turner rather than David Weprin: In the past (as in the case of President Jimmy Carter), it would have been sufficient for a local Jewish Democratic or Republican candidate to say that he/she supports Israel and opposes the president’s policies concerning Israel.

Based On A Covenant

09/19/2011 - 20:00

Your front-page discussion about whether Judaism is a religion or a culture was very interesting but somehow misses an important element (Sept. 2). Today more than ever, we need to be as inclusive as possible, and by focusing on just these two aspects of Judaism, we leave a large percentage of Jews out of the picture.

Religion Or Culture

09/13/2011 - 20:00

When I saw the headline in the Sept. 2 Jewish Week regarding whether Judaism is a religion or culture, I couldn’t wait to read the opinions of your writers.

The Torah never refers to the Jewish people as a religious group and never labels Judaism as a religion. Rather, we Jews are called a nation in the Torah, and Judaism is the name of the Covenant that the Jewish nation establishes with God at Sinai.

Praise For Jonathan Mark

09/13/2011 - 20:00

Jonathan Mark is a treasure. His latest effort, “Has The Decade Changed Us?” (Sept. 9], is vintage Mark. Filled with facts, pivoting on surprises and twists, and suffused with moral force. One derives a feeling of strength just in reading what he writes.

The way that Mark tells a story, the brave are truly heroic and the hypocrites are manifestly foppish. In Mark’s hands, the truth always carries a brighter glow than most writers can muster, and falsehood is always wrapped in its much-merited obloquy.

Rabbi Stephen Listfield

False Comparison

09/13/2011 - 20:00

 The article “The Days After” (Aug. 19) about the photo exhibit on Hiroshima compares the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Holocaust. This is a false comparison.

The bombings prevented the invasion of Japan, which due to the population density of Japan and the zeal of the Japanese defenders, would have resulted in many times the number of civilian casualties and destruction than that of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

In addition, the number of military casualties would have been astronomical.

Saving A Life

09/13/2011 - 20:00

Your editorial (“Tragic Rescue,” Sept. 2) rightly eulogizes the heroic David Reichenberg who sacrificed his life to save that of a Jewish boy. This prompts the question whether a Jew is obligated to rescue a non-Jew.

Iconic Synagogue-Center

09/13/2011 - 20:00

Your story, “In A Changed Crown Heights, A Reunion Of Respect” (Sept. 9), references the architectural model of the Brooklyn Jewish Center on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Your readers may be interested to know that we felt the Brooklyn Jewish Center was so iconic, so emblematic of the synagogue-center, that we had a model specifically commissioned for our core exhibition.

On Sharpton

09/13/2011 - 20:00

Human rights activist Evelyn Goodman (Letters, Sept. 9) is absolutely right about the odious behavior of Rev. Al Sharpton and his cynical manipulation of some prominent rabbis.

He has never properly apologized for the harm he caused the Westchester District Attorney in the outrageous Tawana Brawley affair or for his well-documented Jew-baiting.

Raphael Rothstein


Conflating Two Issues

09/13/2011 - 20:00

Your editorial, “The Faith Factor” (Sept. 2), unfortunately conflates the issue of support for Israel with support for its policies.

Liberals, including some who are observant Jews, are as committed to Israel’s security, welfare and success as are those of a conservative point of view.

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