Israel-Diaspora Divide

07/13/2016 - 09:07

Regarding “The Lookstein Lockout” (Editorial, July 1): A number of years ago, as part of a synagogue group, I took a tour of Israel. The tour leaders went to great lengths to let our group know that they, as well as the Israeli government and its citizens, value American Jews as part of the fabric of Israeli and Jewish society. Having not been draft eligible to serve in the IDF, I was somewhat skeptical of that statement. That sentiment has now been formally broken.

Agrees This Time

07/13/2016 - 09:07

Although in the past, I’ve been critical of Gary Rosenblatt’s right-leaning politics, I want to express great respect for his speaking out against those who would be fooled by Donald Trump’s absurd cult of personality, and for acknowledging both Ms. Clinton’s “excellent voting record on Israel” and the fact that “a strong and respected U.S. makes for a stronger Israel.” (“Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump,” Editor’s column, July 1)

‘Israel-Firsters’ Offensive

07/13/2016 - 09:06

I was very disappointed that Gary Rosenblatt used the term “Israel-Firsters” in his column (“Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump,” July 1). This is an expression that casts aspersions on the loyalty of American Jews and is frequently used by anti-Semites. The use of this expression damaged an otherwise cogent analysis.

Can’t Trust Trump

07/13/2016 - 09:05

Since he’s incapable of a sustained, coherent thought about anything, and often contradicts himself in the same sentence, how can anyone trust Donald Trump to support Israel (Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump,” July 1)?

Single-Issue Voting

07/13/2016 - 09:04

Thanks for Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump” (July 1). He is correct on so many levels. Any who were inclined to support Mr. Trump should certainly have second and third thoughts after seeing his overt anti-Semitic tweet [with a six-pointed star].

Touro Synagogue Case

07/13/2016 - 09:03

As proud members of Touro Synagogue, we write in response to “Profaning History At Touro Synagogue” (Opinion, July 8) by Louis Solomon.

Times Have Changed

07/05/2016 - 21:49

Rabbi Avi Shafran’s letter in response to Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Ruth’s Conversion Would Be Rejected Today” (June 17), suggests that by stating “thy God (will be) my God,” Ruth was “declaring acceptance of the commandments” of the Torah. The story of Ruth takes place many centuries before the compilation of the Mishnah, at a time prior to the development of the corpus of Jewish law that Rabbi Shafran would have us believe needs to be accepted “in principle” and “sincerity” by a convert to Judaism.

Call Out Blumenthal

07/05/2016 - 21:49

In “Israel-Firsters Seen Edging Toward Trump” (July 1), Gary Rosenblatt points out a legitimate concern for Israel supporters regarding Hillary Clinton’s candidacy — her willing acceptance of the “rabidly anti-Zionist writings of Max Blumenthal,” sent through his father, Sidney, a trusted advisor.

Moving To The Dark Side

07/05/2016 - 21:48

I have known, respected and followed Gary Rosenblatt since the mid-1980s when he was the editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. Until recently I have always considered him an honest reporter and commentator — one whose words should be listened to.

BDS Position On Israel

07/05/2016 - 21:47

A June 23 Letter from Talia Benamy of J Street claims that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, which J Street opposes, does not recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state. I would dispute that point.

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