Letters

Inspiring Commitment To Teaching

09/02/2014
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 Thank you for the article about the important work of Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP), “Teachers Teaching Teachers,” Education section, Aug. 22. We are excited to launch our 2014-15 academic year with more than 80 mentors and 100 new teachers, representing close to 50 Jewish day schools in eight states, plus Canada.

Rabbi Davidson Was Deceived

09/02/2014
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I have been a member since December 2004 of a Presbyterian-Jewish dialogue group formed as a result of the first effort by the Presbyterian Church
(USA) to inject itself into the divestment (which grew into boycott, divest
and sanction) movement. So I read with great interest Rabbi Joshua Davidson’s very
clearly heartfelt comments about the prospects for repairing the relationship
between the Jewish community and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the
aftermath of this summer’s resolution in favor of divestment (“Repairing A Relationship With Presbyterian Clergy,” Opinion, Aug. 29).

Robin Williams’ Soul

08/27/2014
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Regarding “A Hesped (Eulogy) For Robin Williams” (Jewish Week online): Absolutely beautiful. A confirmation that the man that few knew but many loved was indeed a kind and generous soul.
Thank you for sharing your insight and perspective. What a loving gift to his memory and for those who love him.

 

Start Younger

08/27/2014
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Birthright must shift to bringing high school age kids to Israel (“Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom,” Aug. 22).
Students will then arrive at college equipped with the knowledge and insights necessary to contend effectively with these challenges.

Israeli Dysfunction

08/27/2014
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As a psychiatrist who has worked with individuals suffering with addictive disorders, I find the 12-Step approach heavily relevant vis a vis the current war in Gaza.

Gazans Responsible

08/27/2014
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According to Gary Rosenblatt, most Gazans are “the victims of
circumstance” and “virtual prisoners of Hamas,” which he blames on Hamas
for initiating a war against Israel (“10 Lessons From The Gaza War,” Aug. 22).

Misdirected Interests

08/27/2014
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Gary Rosenblatt’s excellent synopsis on the status quo deserves much praise
(“10 Lessons From The Gaza War,” Aug. 22).

One can surely
question why Israeli representatives over the years did not make use of the
Hamas Covenant, with its blatant anti-Semitism. How does one negotiate with a party
whose declared position is to destroy you?

Lucid Description

08/27/2014
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Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), is the most lucid description of the state of affairs I’ve seen in weeks. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We continue to pray.
I hope the rabbi’s assessment of the moderates is spot on. Hopefully they do not cave under pressure of the extremists. In the past few days it has become apparent that this is a war against humanity.

Misreading Muslim World

08/27/2014
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The heart of Rabbi Marc Schneier’s Opinion column, “A New Paradigm For Muslim-Jewish Dialogue” (Aug. 22), can be found, in my opinion, in the last paragraph, next to the last sentence, which reads, “Without a doubt, it is high time for the Muslims marching and even rioting in the streets of Paris and London to take a sober lesson from the playbook of their fellow Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.”.

Old Slogans Don’t Apply

08/20/2014
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One would think that some of the slogans and simplistic formulations tossed about by some of your readers in their Letters would have finally fallen into oblivion after recent events in Gaza and Israel.

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