Naïve On Norway Attack

08/15/2011 - 20:00

Michael Galchinsky’s plea in support of multiculturalism following the recent blood bath in Norway is indeed noble but patently naïve (“Multiculturalism And The Lessons From Norway,” Aug. 5).

Crown Heights Grand Jury

08/15/2011 - 20:00

Although your several reports in last week’s edition commendably captured the atmosphere and horrors that surrounded the Crown Heights pogrom of August 1991, one misstatement and an accompanying omission should be rectified. As the attorneys who were called upon to represent the Lubavitch driver of the car that tragically — and accidentally — struck little Gavin Cato, my former law partner, Barry Slotnick, and I certainly had front-row seats to this appalling episode in the history of race relations in this city.

More Than One Orthodox Viewpoint

08/08/2011 - 20:00

I found Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Is it ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” (Aug. 5), both eloquent and a bit generalized. There is Orthodox and then there is Orthodox.

I doubt that The Jewish Week receives much criticism of being “anti-Orthodox” from mainstream institutions like Yeshiva University, Young Israel or the Orthodox Union. The literary finger wagging seems consistently from the right-wing segment of this community.

Lacking Compassion

08/08/2011 - 20:00

Hella Winston’s lead story covering the horrific Leiby Kletzky murder was so over-the-top offensive that I did not feel compelled to write (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22).

Surely a paper with your integrity would print a retraction and an apology by the next week. But the following week’s edition bore no such apology. Where is your compassion? Where is your sensitivity? Where is your proof substantiating the outlandish claims in the article?

Changing The Subject

08/08/2011 - 20:00

In his chagrin at my criticism in Ami Magazine of Jewish Week reportage, Gary Rosenblatt deftly changes the subject, to “the role of a community newspaper… to expose” wrongdoing (“Is It ‘Anti-Orthodox’ To Seek A Safer Community?” Aug. 5).

No Mention Of COJECO

08/08/2011 - 20:00

It was really surprising to see the photograph with COJECO name on the front page of the Aug. 5 issue (“Young Russian Jews In Assimilation Bind”) and the caption: “Young Russian Jews wear orange while older community members wear traditional white and blue.” The truth is that this year for the first time all Russian Jewish grass-roots organizations decided to march together in support of Israel as one contingent — young and old, religious and secular, Sephardi and Ashkenazi.

More Complexity To Russian Jews Here

08/08/2011 - 20:00

I read with much interest Ben Sales’ article (“Young Russian Jews In Assimilation Bind, Aug. 5), which contains some valuable observations. However, the community it discusses is way more complex and richly textured than suggested by this article and similar commentaries that often set up two ill-defined groups against each other (“young” vs. “old”) and then generalize about them on the basis of anecdotal evidence.

Misleading On Malverne Jewish Center

08/01/2011 - 20:00

I read with great interest Stewart Ain’s article on the demographic changes taking place along the West Hempstead-Franklin Square border (“W. Hempstead Boundary Blues,” July 29) and how area congregations are being affected by and dealing with these changes. While I found the article informative, I was somewhat dismayed by the misleading and downright untrue references made with respect to the Malverne Jewish Center.

Deeply Inadequate

08/01/2011 - 20:00

Your editorial (‘How Obama Can Assure Israelis,’ July 8) argues that the crux of the problem in making peace is the “Palestinians’ refusal to recognize a Jewish state in the region” and that the U.S. must demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) drop the so-called “right of return” and abrogate its unity government agreement with Hamas.

Vitally important as these things are, this is deeply inadequate.

Israel Education First

08/01/2011 - 20:00

Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for mapping out a more ideal approach to Israel advocacy (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” Between The Lines, July 22). He correctly diagnoses the problem of emphasizing “hasbara” while downplaying or even ignoring Israel education in general. Without a connection to the land of Israel and the State of Israel, advocates are left bereft of any core personal investment in the country.

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