Letters

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

06/25/2014
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What in the world does “gun owning” have to do with [Eric] Cantor’s primary defeat? (“Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?” June 20.) In the article, a political analyst made the point that cultural factors may have played a role in Cantor’s loss [to David Brat.]

Cantor Played It Safe

06/25/2014
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Regarding last week’s story on the primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, “Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?” (June 20): In 2012, the Virginia U.S. Senate seat was vacated by retiring Democrat, Sen.
Jim Webb. The GOP had an excellent opportunity to win back the seat. Eric
Cantor opted to remain in Congress and the GOP nominated George Allen, who is
famously remembered as the senator who made a racist remark in 2006; Allen was
defeated in his re-election bid.

East Ramapo Cuts Fostering Anti-Semitism

06/25/2014
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Rabbi Avi Shafran’s complaint about the state aid formula for public schools is unquestionably valid, (“Social Injustice and the Ramapo School Board,” online Opinion, May 2), but it has little to do with the disaster that the East Ramapo School District has become, a fact that in itself is undoubtedly fostering anti-Semitism in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Jewish ‘Gong Show’

06/18/2014
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Having participated in the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet The Authors” program several years ago, I thank Gary Rosenblatt for bringing back fond memories of an event once described as “The Gong Show” for Jewish writers (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6).

 

Timing Is Everything

06/18/2014
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“Love Me, Love My Book,” Gary Rosenblatt’s column (June 6), brought back wistful memories of my two-minute-presentation last year at the Jewish Book Council’s “Meet the Authors” event on behalf of my book “Memoir of an Independent Woman: An Unconventional Life Well Lived.”

Rick Perry Moment

06/18/2014
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I was one of the authors who spoke at the same session of the Jewish Book Council “Meet The Authors” program as Gary Rosenblatt (“Love Me, Love My Book,” June 6). In contrast to his relaxed and truly funny presentation, mine included a pretty terrifying Rick Perry moment. Just lost it for what seemed like an age. But I finished in time, so the silence couldn’t have lasted that long (I hope).

Money Well Spent

06/18/2014
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Regarding “UJA-Federation Makes Big Day School Push” (June 13), if they don’t put the money in day schools, they might as well blow it in Vegas.
Without primary school Jewish education, we’ll be extinct in 100 years.

Wrong Focus

06/18/2014
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In response to “Federations May Advance Efforts To Promote Israeli Civil Marriage” (May 30), I wish to comment on the push for
civil marriage in Israel. Are these federations
so bored that they have to impose themselves
on an Israeli — not an American — problem?

Liberators’ Trauma

06/18/2014
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 I applaud your article, “Liberators’ PTSD Now Coming Into Sharper View” (June 6), discussing the much overlooked trauma of
the WWII liberators of the Nazi concentration camps.

Orthodox Going Strong

06/18/2014
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Sid Schwarz worries about the tragic loss of Jewish identity, acknowledging that commemoration of the Holocaust and pride in the State of Israel is simply not enough reason to get Jews serious about actually living a Jewish life (“Can Zionism Be The Answer?” Opinion, June 6).

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