Letters

‘Klinghoffer’ And CBST

11/12/2014
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I’m writing regarding the debate over the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” in relation to an article several months ago about the Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the largest gay and lesbian congregation in the world. The article from the recent past (“Gaza War Pushes Israel, Reluctantly, Onto Holiday Bima,” Sept. 19) described how the rabbi read a list of [Palestinian] casualties during the Gaza crisis as well reading from the Koran. A member of the board had to resign due to the unwillingness of the board to censor the rabbi in any way.

Synagogue Boards And Holiness

11/12/2014
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Regarding last week’s “Musings” column by Rabbi David Wolpe (“Make Room For Holiness”): Sadly, in my experience, the “we are running a business” mentality vacuums out holiness from a synagogue boardroom. The bottom line and minutia of policy trample spiritual concerns. The rabbi and the context in which a rabbi can help decisions be framed are shunted aside in the name of good business practice. This rabbi-less model seems to be accepted, even promoted, as the norm within Reform and Conservative movements.

Status Quo On Temple Mount?

11/12/2014
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A Nov. 6 news report in The Jewish Week quoted Israeli leaders as pledging to continue the status quo on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

Defends Yehuda Glick

11/12/2014
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During the aftermath of the attempted assassination of our cousin Yehuda Glick, misinformation began to appear in various media outlets that made the victim appear as the perpetrator (“Bibi’s Bind Over Temple Mount Tensions,” Nov. 7). I want to take this opportunity to set the record straight:

Defends Pruzansky’s Nazi Analogy

11/12/2014
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Regarding last week’s Editorial, “A Rabbi’s Low Blow”: First, I wish to defend The Jewish Week from the allegations that it is “anti-Orthodox.” While I think there may have been some truth to that accusation when I first started reading the paper years ago, it seems to me that the editor has made a strong attempt to be fair. Anyone comparing the articles in JW to the Forward, for example, would see the difference. The latter seems to exist only to promulgate hatred against anything and anyone Orthodox.

Foxman On Pruzansky

11/12/2014
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Whatever disagreements Rabbi Steven Pruzansky may have with The Jewish Week or its editor, Gary Rosenblatt, his comparison of this newspaper with the vile, anti-Semitic Nazi rag Der Stürmer was simply unacceptable.

Sol Wachlter Responds

11/12/2014
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I refer to last week’s article written by Hella Winston relating to emails exchanged between me and the former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes (“Wachtler-Hynes Emails Had It Wrong On Kellner”). Her story concerned the Kellner case then pending in DA Hynes’ office. Although I thought my communication concerning The Jewish Week story of Jan. 13, 2013 was a private one, I have no problem with it having been made public.

European Jewish Life

11/05/2014
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Kudos to Gary Rosenblatt for his balanced column on the future of European Jewish life (“Don’t Write Off European Jewry,” Oct. 31). While the Jewish world rightly focuses on the virulent anti-Semitism currently spreading throughout Europe, its also important to draw fuller attention to another important phenomenon taking place on the continent — the continued renewal and maturation of Jewish communities after their decimation during the Holocaust and Communism.

Bitter Ironies

11/05/2014
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Regarding the Editorial, “Bibi Takes On The World” (Oct. 31), in the war between good and evil, neutrality is not an option. 
Lively, respectful debate is the cornerstone of democratic constitutions but
when it comes to foreign policy, neutrality can prove fatal.

Supportive Of ‘Bibi’ Editorial

11/05/2014
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I hope Prime Minister Netanyahu, the rest of Israel’s government, and the
Israeli electorate are paying attention to The Jewish Week’s Editorial, “Bibi
Takes On The World” (Oct. 31).

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