Letters

Not Just For Elderly

03/06/2012

Your article, “Nursing Home Move Sparks NIMBY Outcry” (Feb. 24), overlooked a crucial fact in documenting the neighborhood’s concerns: Contrary to the widespread myopic assumption that nursing facilities are exclusively for the elderly, it should be emphasized that people of all ages — including children — are consigned to such care.

Parents Share Blame

03/06/2012

The District Attorney should consider charging the parents of the infant killed as a result of metzitzah b’peh with involuntary manslaughter  (“Brooklyn DA Looking Into Infant’s Death From Controversial Bris Practice,” posted online March 5; see page 1).

J Street Centrist

03/06/2012

Regarding Linda Gradstein’s “Congressional Mission, J Street-Style” (Feb. 24): I was extremely impressed and heartened to learn that J Street took members of Congress on a trip to Israel that demonstrated the reality of Israeli society, good and bad. The United States is Israel’s No. 1 ally, and it’s critical that American lawmakers understand life on the ground by speaking to real Israeli and Palestinian people.

Blame Lincoln, Too

03/06/2012

Jonathan Sarna’s efforts to “rescue” the reputation of General Ulysses S. Grant and to exonerate President Abraham Lincoln for their expulsion of the Jews from their conquered territory is not supported by the available evidence (“Gen. Grant’s Uncivil War Against The Jews,” March 2).

Indeed, the expulsion order was consistent with other statements and orders by top Union officials.

Great Neck Pride

02/28/2012

While reading Gary Rosenblatt’s otherwise thoughtful column, “From a Sephardic Scholar, An ‘Enlightened’ Torah Approach” (Jan. 13), I did double and triple takes as I reeled from his observation: “Sadly, I have come to realize how far apart and sometimes distrustful the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities can be of each other, even when living in close proximity (Great Neck, for example), and how little, even today, mainstream American Jewry understands and appreciates the Sephardic worldview.”

Lew On Iran

02/28/2012

The story, “U.S. General’s Iran Comments Sharpen Rift With Israel” (Feb. 24), inaccurately conveyed the tenor of White House chief of staff Jack Lew’s remarks.

Our notes reflect that he said, “At the core, there is no difference [between the U.S. and Israel] on Iran. Iran cannot and should not develop a nuclear capacity. I hope that no difference exists [regarding a timetable]. If we did not believe there was time we would not be waiting.”

Anne Frank’s Legacy

02/28/2012

Lately, a Google News Alert for “Anne Frank” has filled our inbox with a range of online content relating to the famous diarist and Holocaust victim (“Anne, For A New Generation,” Feb. 24).

Civil Agunah Case

02/28/2012

The sadness felt by Jonathan Mark over the dissolution of marriages (“Tales Of The Broken Glass, Feb. 24) was movingly expressed, but some of his facts need to be corrected.

While I strongly believe that any abuse of halacha is reprehensible, my words were misunderstood to endorse Mark’s view that equivalency exists in the legal positions, and therefore in the vulnerabilities, of husbands and wives, and that they are equally likely to abuse halacha to secure a divorce. 

Buchanan, Left Or Right?

02/28/2012

 Menachem Rosensaft, in his Opinion piece, “The Sins of Pat Buchanan” (Feb. 24), provided a succinct, informative summary of why Pat Buchanan should be regarded as an anti-Semite.

Free Synagogue Seats

02/28/2012

It may be refreshing for Francine Klagsbrun (“Synagogues Should Be More Welcoming,” Opinion, Jan. 13) to learn that our Orthodox shul, the Young Israel of Stamford, Conn., has been offering “free seating” to all for the High Holidays since the synagogue’s founding in 1979.

This inclusion of Jews of all stripes to be a part of our holiday services is just one example of the regular inclusion and respect of fellow Jews from various backgrounds, which is a part of the makeup of the Jewish community here in Stamford.

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