Letters

Sephardim Section Long Overdue

07/02/2014
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I was very pleased to see The Jewish Week’s special section on Sephardim in
New York (June 27). This is a long overdue story, as what is happening in New York is
nothing less than the revival and flourishing of an ancient tradition in a
modern context.

Brooklyn Woman Turns To Facebook To Obtain Get

06/25/2014
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An Orthodox Jewish woman in New York has launched a campaign on social media to force her husband to give her a religious divorce.

BDS Ambiguity On TIAA-CREF

06/25/2014
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I read with alarm the wins and losses statistics in the “BDS: A Scorecard” in Israel Now, a Special Supplement to The Jewish Week (May 30). Taking the extremism of this movement most seriously, I was shocked to see that TIAA-CREF, the company I have invested a substantial portion of my retirement money in over the past 30 years, dropped Soda-Stream and Caterpillar from its Social Choice portfolio in 2013 due to BDS pressure.

Traveling Companions

06/25/2014
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Regarding the June 13 Travel story, “Traveling Companions,” Hilary Larson gets it exactly right — and provides a useful service. I have, like her, traveled in all the varieties she mentions: alone, with my spouse, with family members. We all travel for varied reasons. Ms. Larson’s comments on how we travel, or rather, with whom we travel help us understand how that affects our experience.

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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).

 

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).

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.”

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