Letters

Misguided Effort

09/03/2013 - 20:00

Why is Martin Raffel, senior vice president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, meeting with Palestinian Americans and mapping out strategies for Israel’s negotiations, which, after all, are the province of Israel’s democratically elected leaders (“For the Israeli-Palestinian Talks to be Successful,” Opinion, Aug. 9)?

Another Example of Faith Sharing

09/03/2013 - 20:00

I read with great interest the article, “Coexistence On The Prairie” (Aug. 16, In The Beginning).

The prayer space in Omaha was a beautiful example of “sharing” among the three faiths, Jews, Christians and Muslims.  Readers of The Jewish Week need to be reminded that just such an example of cooperation and coexistence has existed in New York for more than 50 years at JFK Airport.

Irony In Shechita Controversy

09/03/2013 - 20:00

Konstanty Gebert’s overview of the shechita, or kosher slaughter, controversy in Poland was both timely and instructive (“Shechita Controversy In Poland Has Wider Implications,” Opinion, Aug. 23).

Synagogue Benefits

09/03/2013 - 20:00

It was wonderful to see an essay concerning Jewish atheists (“Why Go to Synagogue If You Don’t Believe In God?” Aug. 30). This is a topic that should be discussed more often. However, as a Jewish atheist, I found Rabbi Levitt’s analysis missing the mark in several areas.

Fuller Portrait Of Carlebach

09/03/2013 - 20:00

 While I commend The Jewish Week and writer Ted Merwin for showing how the Broadway play “Soul Doctor” continues to popularize the spiritual and loving message of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (“Carlebach’s Burning Desire To Heal, Aug. 9), the article also perpetuates some inaccuracies that must be clarified.

Treacherous Waters

09/03/2013 - 20:00

Francine Klagsbrun has demonstrated in her column, “You Better Start
 Swimmin’ Or You’ll Sink Like a Stone” (Opinion, Aug 9), that
 over the past several decades she has evolved from practicing liberal
 Judaism to promoting Jewish Liberalism. 
She glorifies the “marriage” of a non-Jewish male to a Jewish
 “convert” male.

Irony In Shechita Controversy

08/26/2013 - 20:00

Konstanty Gebert’s overview of the shechita, or kosher slaughter, controversy in Poland was both timely and instructive (“Shechita Controversy In Poland Has Wider Implications,” Opinion, Aug. 23).

Haredi Draft Solution

08/26/2013 - 20:00

As we all know, the issue of draft deferments for yeshiva students is roiling
Israel and has the potential of further dividing the country.

Christie’s Ban On ‘Reparative Therapy’

08/26/2013 - 20:00

I pity the poor women who end up married to those who submit themselves
to the process of an unproven and subsequently harmful process of “conversion
therapy” [on young gay men] (“Abuse Or Religious Freedom?” Aug. 23).
Equally appalling is the backing by Agudath Israel of a “therapy” program
that includes the use of pornographic materials. I applaud Gov. Chris Christie
even though he is a Republican, albeit a compassionate one.

 

Peace Talks Are Futile

08/26/2013 - 20:00

If one takes Gary Rosenblatt’s view (Editor’s column, July 26) that the “Palestinian problem is not going away” and “if two-state solution fails, no good options remain”, then Israel should just capitulate now. There is no need for nine months or nine hours of negotiation. Israel should just agree to all the Palestinian demands now.

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