Hiroshima Exhibit


The exhibit on the aftermath of dropping of atomic bombs is deceiving about the alleged dearth of photographs (“The Days After,” Aug. 19).

My late father, Louis Geffen, then a judge advocate in the U.S. Army, arrived in Japan in November 1945. He was one of the early prosecutors of Japanese War Criminals. When he returned to the U.S. in March 1946, he brought back pictures of people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after bombs were dropped.

BDS Movements, Close To Home


Morton Klein is mistaken when he says (Letters, July 29) that “we, in America … do not have to worry about these kinds of threats” — that is, the effort to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. The BDS movement has been very active on American college campuses for many years.

Reflecting On ‘Loss’


The Aug. 26 issue of Text/Context (“Loss”) was voraciously read as a needed experience to more deeply understand death, mourning,\ and remembering.

As an active Jewish community member, even leader, the occasions to share this inexorable phase of life beckons, alas, sometimes too frequently.

Will Miss Manhattan Judaica


I was saddened to learn of the closing of Manhattan Judaica (“Midtown Judaica To Close,” Aug. 12).
When going to Manhattan, I always looked forward to visiting this store to buy all kinds of religious items for my family. The store was like a museum, with all the unusual and interesting items available. I found the staff very knowledgeable and very helpful.

Keeping Tabs On The Candidates


Congratulations on running JTA’s “Perry Is Texas-Size Problem For Jewish GOPers” (Aug. 19).
I hope to see more articles assessing the candidates on their positions and records on issues relevant to the Jewish community. I emphasize that I mean this in the narrowest sense, as the mainstream media always will describe how candidates stand on the broader issues of health care, education and the environment. Only the Jewish media can fill the gap of knowledge on the narrowly Jewish issues.
Good job.

Needham, Mass.

Freedom From Cell Phones


Talia R. Cohen expresses concern about keeping away from cell phones on Shabbat (“On Shabbos, The New Labor Pains,” July 29). If celebrated properly, one answers only to God on Shabbat, and appreciates the opportunity.

Israeli Immigration Policy


Joseph Feit writes (Letters, Aug. 5) in connection with a reduced Israeli government schedule for the immigration of Ethiopian Jews: “Israel’s financial capacity today is far greater than it was in the 1950s when the country made aliyah a priority.”
What actually happened in the 1950s is interesting and worth recounting.

Freedom And Law


In his “Musings” column last week (“Spirit Of The Law,” Aug. 19), Rabbi David Wolpe stated that “we only have freedom because of law.”

Russian Jews And Israel


I applaud Ben Sales’ article, (“Young Russian Jews In Assimilation Bind,” Aug. 2) for pinpointing the distinctive impact of the young Russian Jewish community on Israel advocacy. Though this generation did not grow up in the former Soviet Union, young Russian Jews are raised in households filled with memories of anti-Jewish discrimination, which led to their deep support for Israel. Young Russian Jews’ unique perspective means that though they may integrate into the American Jewish community, they also have the capacity to change it.

On Cause Of The Riots


In response to Jerome Chanes’ article, “What Caused The Crown Heights Riots?” (Aug. 12), the riots were about black anti-Semitism, exploited and encouraged by racial arsonists like Rev. Al Sharpton. The irony is that Rev. Sharpton is now an important member of the Democratic party, whose candidates must seek his approval and blessing when running for public office. Liberal Jewish Democrats embrace him warmly.

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