Invisible Arab Owners

10/06/2016 - 13:05

Nathan Jeffay is glaringly unaware of the fact that there are no Arab owners of the land on which Amona and Ofra stand (“Likud Undermining Court On Outposts,” Sept. 30).

No BDS Side

10/06/2016 - 13:01

There is no “other side” of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel (“The Other Side Of BDS,” Editor’s column, Sept. 30).

Admiring Peres

10/06/2016 - 12:59

It is rare that we mourn the passing of a 93-year-old while pondering if he departed this world before his time. For surely such an inspirational, visionary leader still had more to offer. Shimon Peres was at once a pragmatist and a dreamer, a warrior and a peace maker.

Meeting Peres On My Bar Mitzvah Day

10/06/2016 - 12:49

On the day of my bar mitzvah in Jerusalem we were about to enter the room to celebrate when I was summoned across the corridor to a bar in the hotel.

Sitting in the corner was Shimon Peres. Knowing it was my bar mitzvah day, he asked me to have a seat with him and asked me questions about my Torah portion and Haftorah. He also wanted me to tell him about my speech.

On Lipstadt And ‘Denial’

10/06/2016 - 12:47

Nearly 20 years ago, at a well-known Holocaust conference in London, I told Deborah Lipstadt that I felt she was too harsh in her attack on David Irving in her 1993 book, “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory” (“There Are Not Two Sides To Every Issue,” Editor’s column, Sept. 16). As a genocide and Holocaust scholar, I felt she was going to be sued for defamation, not so much that she criticized Irving — many had criticized him in the past as a Holocaust “denier” — but that her words would make it impossible for him to earn a living. 

Thoughts On Justice

09/28/2016 - 16:41

Last week’s parsha (Torah portion) includes the well-known phrase “tzedek, tzedek tirdof” (justice, justice you should pursue). It is often quoted as a clarion call for righteousness in the Jewish tradition and was quoted at the end of Gary Rosenblatt’s column (Sept. 9).

Hidden Message?

09/28/2016 - 16:39

I was surprised that your editorial, “Standing Up To Ideological Bullies” (Sept. 9) ignored relevant points in a published letter, such as the assertion and widespread belief that Gary Rosenblatt was wrong in stating that Rabbi Blumofe’s visit to Arafat’s grave is an issue over which we can “disagree.”

What Was He Thinking?

09/28/2016 - 16:38

The editor’s column on the controversy over a [proposed] visit to Arafat’s grave in Ramallah by a Texas congregation (“Anatomy Of A Takedown,” Sept. 2) ends: “Rabbi Blumofe sadly noted, ‘it takes years to build a healthy community and a moment to rip it apart.’”

On Brain Death

09/28/2016 - 16:36

Dr. Kenneth Prager considers it a “shameful state of affairs” that greatly respected poskim, or decisors of Jewish religious law — including such greatly respected decisors as Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Rabbi Aaron Soloveitchik, of blessed memory; and contemporary poskim like Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rabbi Dovid Cohen and Rabbi J. David Bleich, consider “brain death” something less than actual death (Opinion, Sept. 2).

Heschel’s Moral Compass

09/28/2016 - 16:34

Thank you to the editor for a provocative, interesting and troubling column (“What Would Heschel Do?” Sept. 9).

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