Speaking Out


It is interesting indeed that the mainstream media has not shown one of the anti-Semitic signs or focused on any of the anti-Semitic verbiage at the Zuccotti Park demonstrations (“What Now For ‘Occupy’ Protests?” Oct. 14).

Not one Democratic party member of Jewish origin, not one U.S. senator and not one U.S. congressman has spoken out against the anti-Semitism expressed during these demonstrations.

Free Services


Town and Village Synagogue has been offering free High Holiday Services for over 15 years. When Rabbi Abby Sosland joined our staff, through a generous grant from UJA-Federation of New York, we were able to offer free services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. While we have a suggested donation, we don’t turn

anyone away (until we run out of room).

The Shalit Deal


I understand the feelings of apprehension of the parents and relatives of the innocent victims of Palestinian terrorists, but I cannot begin to appreciate those naysayers who have never been immediately affected by Arab atrocity. 

Were it not for the opportunity to free Gilad Shalit, not one of them should have been freed. Keeping them in our jails and feeding them would not have returned the deceased Jewish victims. Yet their release secured the freedom of the only innocent party in this drama, Shalit.

The World’s Silence


This week there was great rejoicing among Hamas. And who can blame them?

More than 1,000 Arabs freed in exchange for one Jew, Gilad Shalit.

But when you think about it, you can’t help but feel shame for the Arab world. What a formula. One Jew = One Thousand Arabs. How can they not be embarrassed?
“Shetikah KeHodaah” (Silence is Acquiescence). By the world's not saying anything, it’s saying a lot.

The Bronx

Bitter Exchange


Your editorial says of the Gilad Shalit exchange deal that “It was a noble, compassionate and tender act; only time will tell if it was the right one” (‘Impossible, Choice,’ Oct. 21). Sadly, experience tells us that we are not likely to have to wait very long to find out that the decision was a terrible mistake.

Favors Status Quo


In your Sept. 16 issue you published two different opinion pieces on “Israel and the Palestinian Statehood Bid.” Michael Weil took the leftist view that Israel should “support Palestinian statehood in the strongest manner.” Mervyn Danker took the current Israeli government stance that “only a return to the peace table and negotiations” with Israel can lead to a Palestinian state.

Favors Free Services


When I lived on the Upper West Side, I attended Manhattan Jewish Experience Shabbat services; Rabbi [Mark] Wildes does a stellar job with this program. However, I respectfully disagree with his views that “Judaism must be seen as something worth paying for,” and that “anything of true quality costs money,” in reference to Rabbi Wildes’ opposition to free religious services (Letters, Oct. 14).

Death Penalty For Terrorists


I would love to read the transcripts of the negotiations [in the Israel-Hamas prisoner swap], where it was determined that 1,027 prisoners would be freed, and not 1,028, 1,050, or 1,100 (“Arab Spring Seen Forcing Israel’s Hand In Shalit Deal,” Oct. 14). I would also love to see what criteria they used to determine who, if anyone, was too evil or dangerous to release, as opposed to those who were released.

Israel Education Down Under


I recently returned from Australia where I facilitated and presented at a national conference of Israel education, organized by the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) in Melbourne. The conference was attended by almost every Zionist day school from across Australia, and from across the ideological and religious spectrum. Despite the differences of ideology, there was a tremendous amount of mutual respect and cooperation.

Obama Critic


In his Sept. 9 letter, “Supporting Obama,” Richard A. Schwartz lists a number of reasons to support President Barack Obama. Unfortunately, most do not hold up to scrutiny.

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