Letters

‘Misplaced Compassion’

08/26/2013 - 20:00

The opinion piece by Gerald Steinberg was the best, and made more sense than so many other articles I read (“Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha B’Av,” July 19). In fact, I sent it to many of my friends. 

Questions For The Editor

08/26/2013 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt says “Israel Should Act Now, Before It’s Too Late” (Editor’s column, July 26). He also says that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas doesn’t want to go down in history as the leader who caved on the refugee issue, giving up the sacred Palestinian pledge to return to the land.

Questions For Julius Berman

08/26/2013 - 20:00

As the elected president of the National Association of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors (NAHOS), I am responding to Claims Conference president Julius Berman’s opinion piece, “Sin Of Commission At The Jewish Week” (Aug. 16).

Carlebach’s Contribution

08/26/2013 - 20:00

To one who davened, learned and sang with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for two decades, Ted Merwin’s story inspired by the musical “Soul Doctor” — which he inexcusably adulterated with a tangential discussion of ugly accusations about Rabbi Carlebach made by a handful of women years after his death — was bizarrely out of focus when it was not simply bizarre (“Carlebach’s Burning Desire To Heal,” Aug. 9).

Peace Talks Are Futile

08/20/2013 - 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.

Questions For The Editor

08/20/2013 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt says “Israel Should Act Now, Before It’s Too Late” (Editor’s column, July 26). He also says that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas doesn’t want to go down in history as the leader who caved on the refugee issue, giving up the sacred Palestinian pledge to return to the land.

A Carlebach Legacy

08/20/2013 - 20:00

 Your article, “Carlebach’s Burning Desire To Heal” (Aug. 9) prompted this memory of Shlomo Carlebach’s uncle.

‘Misplaced Compassion’

08/20/2013 - 20:00

The opinion piece by Gerald Steinberg was the best, and made more sense than so many other articles I read (“Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha B’Av,” July 19). In fact, I sent it to many of my friends. 

Not Enough From Israel

08/20/2013 - 20:00

It is true that Israel has made a significant gesture in advance of the peace
talks, even if most of those prisoners to be released have served more than
20 years in jail already and are at their age unlikely to do any further
harm (“Israelis Need A Gesture, Too,” Editorial, Aug. 2).

People Of The Joke

08/20/2013 - 20:00

I believe that George Robinson’s overwrought review of “When Comedy Went To
School” undervalues the importance of historical context (“Comedy U.,” July 26).
The scholars as
well as the comedians explain the significance of the Catskills experience in
promoting acculturation. Still grappling with bicultural identities, Jewish
as well as American, we certainly appreciate the contribution of our Borscht
Belt with schmaltz and gribenes thrown in for good measure. This film clearly
reaffirms our heritage. We are, after all, the people of the joke as well as
the Book.

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