Confront The Liars

05/25/2016 - 09:05

Seymour Reich’s “Rebuttal” (Letters, May 20) contends that one can be a “lover of Israel, and still publicly criticize its policies,” and that more and more, young Americans’ “sympathy for the Palestinians” is on the rise.

Barnard Speaker

05/25/2016 - 08:29

I attended the Barnard commencement on May 18. The first graduate who spoke was Shezza Abboushi Dallal, who led the school’s chapter of Justice in Palestine. She listed the battles the Barnard class has fought: sexual harassment, violence against black and brown bodies, and occupied Palestine.

What About Jewish Refugees?

05/25/2016 - 08:28

I wonder, if Israel were overwhelmingly Arab in population, would the Jewish minority be allowed the right to celebrate its Nakba, as the Arab students do at Tel Aviv University? (“Nakba Ceremonies Highlight Continued Rift,” May 20.)

Bridging The Gap

05/25/2016 - 08:27

Joshua Mitnick’s article, “Nakba Ceremonies Highlight Continued Rifts” (May 20), unfortunately tells only one side of the story. In fact, some Israelis and Palestinians are choosing to come together around Israel’s Independence Day at events that acknowledge their shared history. The article described a commemoration of the Nakba attended by only 150 people.

Shavit’s Guilt

05/25/2016 - 08:23

In his “Between the Lines” column (“In Two Crucial Struggles, Arming With Jewish Values,” May 20), Gary Rosenblatt mentions Ari Shavit.

Upset Over Abrams

05/18/2016 - 09:30

The same week Gary Rosenblatt published his front page column, “Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem’” (May 13), a Guatemalan court found Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, the former dictator who ruled Guatemala during one of the bloodiest periods of its long civil war, guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. When these genocidal crimes were taking place, Elliott Abrams [whose essay on the drift between Israel and American Jews is key to the Rosenblatt column] acted as the general’s champion and enabler in the U.S. government.

Sacred Sites

05/18/2016 - 09:29

Jonathan Mark’s excellent article, “Sacred Sites Keeps Shuls Alive” (May 13), rightfully draws attention to the important role the New York Landmarks Conservancy plays in keeping the doors of historic synagogues open.

Faults The Media

05/18/2016 - 09:28

Among the major reasons for the growing gap between American and Israeli Jews are our anti-Israel mainstream media reports that negatively spin the real lives and concerns of Israelis and positively spin those of Palestinians. (“Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem,’” May 13)

No Humor In Shoah

05/18/2016 - 09:27

I am a World War II veteran and Shoah survivor. I was with the “Red One” First Division, serving three and a half years — I saw Africa, Belgium, and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. (You might have seen a front page article in the New York Times from years ago about a Jewish service I conducted on German soil, the first such service since the Nazis came to power; the service was broadcast from coast to coast in the States.)

On Modern Orthodoxy’s Boundaries

05/18/2016 - 09:26

I agree with both Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s essay, “Can Modern Orthodoxy Be The New Center?” May 6), and Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer’s response to it in Cross Currents.
Rabbi Greenberg, who represents the left wing of Modern Orthodoxy, presented an analysis of what has happened to Modern Orthodoxy in the last 50 years or so. It has moved to the right. And in some cases, lamentably so. I agree with him.

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