Letters

Relates To Beren Decision

04/10/2012

As a parent who advocated last February for my USA Gymnasts daughter Amalya Knapp, I fully applaud and appreciate Daniel Edelman’s Opinion piece, “Lessons From Beren’s Legal Challenge,” March 23. I too agree with the “additional value” that came along with Mirwis’ and Kosowsky’s perseverance in advocating for their Beren and Maimonides children and students — “to appreciate and experience the beauty of Shabbat while internalizing “... the lesson of inclusiveness fundamental to this country’s purpose.”

YU’s Mission

04/10/2012

Unfortunately, your article on Yeshiva University does a disservice to it and to American Jewish community, especially to parents of high school students considering where to send their children for university (“Stuck In The Middle With YU,” March 30).

Unique YU Experience

04/10/2012

Helen Chernikoff’s description of Yeshiva University’s undergraduate schools prior to Richard Joel’s arrival as a top-notch yeshiva and second-class college seems foreign to me (“Stuck In The Middle With YU,” March 30). I am used to hearing the opposite. However, as a close observer of the school for over 20 years, I have long learned to discount partisan complaints that one aspect of the university overshadows another.

Proud To Be A YU Grad

04/10/2012

I read your article, “Stuck In The Middle With YU” (March 30) with great interest. As a YU alumnus and a RIETS musmach (rabbinical graduate), I experienced that feeling about being in “the middle.” But I never felt “stuck.” YU was a unique place “to grow in the middle.” It provided me with peripheral vision, a sense of balance and an opportunity to create a worldview in which the primacy of Torah was always at the center of my focus alongside a genuine appreciation of “the knowledge of the nations.”

Stony Brook Active Jewishly

04/03/2012

In Stewart Ain’s thorough article, “Revised Stony Brook Calendar Draws Ire” (March 16), the impression is left that indeed only 5 percent of the students are Jewish, a figure we at Hillel dispute. 

In our experience, Jewish students under-report on these surveys, and based on our own Hillel registration we estimate the Jewish population at closer to 12 percent. Regardless of the numbers, parents and potential students should know that Jewish life at Stony Brook is active and vibrant. Hundreds of students are engaged in all facets of Jewish life.

Geller Fuels Bigotry

04/03/2012

Pamela Geller attempts to change the subject when it comes to her own vitriolic rhetoric against Muslims (Letters, March 23). But let’s be clear: Geller should not be allowed to get away with playing the victim and hiding behind the mask of a “patriot and proud Zionist.”

On Beinart And Criticism

04/03/2012

Whatever your opinion of the Peter Beinart op-ed in The New York Times (March 16), I believe the strident outcry of many members of the Jewish community, including some leaders of Jewish organizations, says more about the state of mind of our people than about the content of Beinart’s article. It was, after all, one man’s opinion.

Too Kind To Beinart

04/03/2012

I think Gary Rosenblatt was much too kind to Peter Beinart regarding his new book (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

I have not read the new book and I have no intention of doing so because it seems to be only a variant of Beinart’s execrable New York Times op-ed of March 18 and his earlier essay published in the New York Review of Books in 2010.

No Ambiguity

04/03/2012

Gary Rosenblatt ends his piece on Peter Beinart by stating that Israel defenders ignore the moral issues and Israel critics ignore “so many others” (“Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia,” March 23).

But Rosenblatt and other Beinart critics, like Daniel Gordis, don’t ignore the moral issues: they simply have no response to them.

Beinart Accomplishment

04/03/2012

In his column, “Pushing Morality, A Victim Of Myopia” (March 23), Gary Rosenblatt challenges Peter Beinart’s argument that “settlements are the key to Israel’s future.” It’s true that Israel has other major threats from Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. But what Rosenblatt fails to recognize is that Israel’s partners for peace/defense will multiply exponentially once the settlement problem is resolved and there are two democratic states living side by side.

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