Editorial & Opinion

Standing Our Ground On Wearing Kipot In Public

09/11/2014
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“A yarmulke is an indoor garment.”  Ask any male Ramaz graduate from the 1940’s through the mid-‘60’s and he will recognize that declaration as one with which we – and others of our age – grew up.  We didn’t wear kipot outside.  We wore hats or no head covering.  Essentially, we didn’t identify as Jews in the street, a street that was not entirely welcoming to us.  It was a time of overt or covert anti-Semitism and we were acculturated to be aware of it and respond accordingly.

Jews stand their ground about wearing kipot in public. Getty Images.

Undermining Abbas

09/10/2014
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Congratulations, you hit the nail on the head with that [page 1] headline, “Cease-Fire Hinges On Strength Of Abbas” (Aug. 29).

Liberals Opening Their Eyes

09/10/2014
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Ted Merwin came close to recognizing the problem, but missed the point in his essay, “The End Of Jewish Liberalism?” (Aug. 29)

U.S. Naïve About Iran

09/10/2014
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I totally disagree with Robert Einhorn’s optimistic perspective on the negotiations to terminate Iran’s nuclear capability (“Iran Arms Expert: Progress Seen In Talks,” Aug. 8).

Disrespectful Language

09/10/2014
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The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights rightly condemns
 “beastilization,” the likening of Jews to barnyard animals, as a form of
anti-Semitism (“From BDS To Beastilization,” Aug. 29). For the same reason, we should
avoid likening Muslims and Christians to grass, or killing them to “mowing the
lawn.”

A People Apart?

09/10/2014
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Erica Brown’s timely and insightful essay, “Alone Again” (Sept. 5), describes a reality that a majority of Jews simply refuse to acknowledge.

Contradictions On Mideast Conflict

09/10/2014
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Martin Raffel’s column (“After The Gaza War: Back To The Two-State Solution,” Sept. 5) supports a laudable objective but otherwise seems
mired in contradictions.

Circumcision (And Other) Risks

09/10/2014
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In a recent letter (“Bris Policy,” Aug. 15), “an outraged Jewish pediatrician” condemned a particular mohel, saying “he should be prosecuted” and stating that “oral suction is an unnecessary part of a bris and must be outlawed.” As a physician, I agree that suction is not a part of a medical circumcision, but the case at issue is a bris, not a medical circumcision. Lacking adequate learning in halacha (Jewish law), I cannot decide that metzitzah b’peh is “unnecessary,” but perhaps she is qualified to do so.

Israel’s West Bank Grab

American Jews must let Israel’s leaders know of our discomfort with their diplomatic arrogance.

09/10/2014
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Did you, like me and many other supporters of Israel, cringe on reading the other day that the Jerusalem government had laid claim to nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank, presumably for settlement expansion?

Gary Rosenblatt

Storm Clouds On The ‘Al Qaeda Border’

Pivoting from Gaza to Syria, where al Nusra Front is wreaking havoc.

09/10/2014
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As calm has returned after seven weeks of fighting in Gaza, thousands of people from southern Israel have said goodbye to families in the north of the country who gave them a temporary home during the violence. Many left their hosts with a very real offer — to return the favor.

There is an ongoing exodus of UN peacekeepers along the Israeli-Syrian border. Getty Images
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