Letters

Looking Good

04/05/2016 - 18:11

 As a subscriber for several years I have always looked upon the same ageless photographs of columnists wondering what their present day selves are like. And then along came Francine Klagsbrun’s “Vanity Fair” column (March 11). What a wonderful piece.

Misleading Message

04/05/2016 - 18:10

Your Editorial about Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN and Dani Dayan, newly appointed Israeli Consul-General in NY, is unfortunately misleading. (“Goodbye Brazil, Hello New York,” March 25.)

Highlighting Contradictions

04/05/2016 - 18:09

 “Forget Brazil, Hello New York” (Editorial, March 25), highlights Israel’s lack of credibility when it appoints diplomats such as
Dani Dayan — consul general-designee to New York — with his personal views on the
two-state solution that are in stark conflict with the purported policy of
the State of Israel — and its commitments to the United States and other
friends in the international community. Dayan, while emblematic of this
larger problem, comes to New York with an even greater challenge.

Responding To RCA

03/29/2016 - 19:03

Regarding Rabbi Shalom Baum’s Opinion column, “Do We Need Another Modern Orthodox Organization?” (March 25), the resounding answer is, unfortunately, yes.

Walk Out Or Stay?

03/29/2016 - 19:01

Many of us who attended the AIPAC conference last week grappled with the dilemma of whether to attend or walk out on Donald Trump’s speech, given that he has espoused bigoted and divisive statements (“Wrong Takeaway For Trump,” Editorial, March 25).

On Moving To The Right

03/23/2016 - 09:41

I read Gary Rosenblatt’s interesting column on [the grassroots group] PORAT (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” March 11), but I found one line particularly disturbing.
“Since then,” it read, “Modern Orthodoxy has in many ways moved further to the religious right, in part driven by young people who return from a post-high school gap year or two of yeshiva/seminary study in Israel with a more rigorous commitment to ritual observance and to strict separation of the sexes, influenced by the religious teachings of their rebbes in Israel.”

‘Brief’ Too Short

03/16/2016 - 09:54

I respectfully believe the Jewish Telegraphic Agency News Brief you carried (“40 Columbia Profs Sign BDS Petition,” March 4) was too brief. It lacked context in two important respects. It did not say how many professors did not sign the petition. Secondly, the piece referred to all the allegations of the anti-Semites who signed the petition without at least correcting their misstatements of facts.

On Moving To The Right

03/16/2016 - 09:52

I read Gary Rosenblatt’s interesting column on [the grassroots group] PORAT (“Giving Voice To Inclusive Orthodoxy,” March 11), but I found one line particularly disturbing.

Trump’s Daughter

03/16/2016 - 09:25

In his article “Campaign’s Wildcard Issue Now Anti-Semitism” (March 4), Stewart Ain ignored the fact that Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is a convert to Orthodox Judaism and is raising her children in a kosher home. She is also the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization.

Jews For Trump?

03/16/2016 - 09:12

It was with considerable dismay that I read “Jews For Trump, Kind Of, Maybe” (March 11).
That any Jew would even consider the candidacy of a man who has been
repeatedly and directly compared to Adolf Hitler by prominent American
public figures on both the left and the right is astonishing. That any Jew
would support a candidate whose platform would directly threaten freedom of
religion in the United States is bewildering. That any Torah-minded Jew
would, by endorsing the candidate, also endorse his particular brand of
lashon hara, crude personal insults and irresponsible rhetoric, which has
made this presidential campaign arguably the ugliest and most vulgar in
American history, potentially setting the tone for all future campaigns, is
disheartening.

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