Editorial & Opinion

Housing Solution


In Joshua Mitnick’s article about the protesters in Israel demanding affordable housing, he cites various factors that have caused this problem (“Tent City Protests Spread,” July 22).

What’s needed is a private-public partnership, a combination of having kibbutzim and moshavim develop affordable housing with the aid of the Israeli government and private charities, such as the combined resources of the Jewish federation system. In that way funds for the building of affordable housing can be part of the solution.

Don’t Criticize Israel


Rabbi Joshua Hammerman’s Opinion piece (“Liberal Judaism Lives,” July 22) was interesting, but one point personally disappoints me.

The rabbi mentioned an unconditional love for Israel and the right to criticize its policies. With all of the problems and challenges that Israelis have to live with, I am not sure that encouraging public (or private) criticism of its policies from within the family helps them. It may even help the other side.

Help Needed


I was very saddened to learn Leiby Kletzky was murdered (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shormim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). It was gruesome to say the least. If found guilty, Levi Aron should be punished severely. However, I believe there should be reflection in our community on how we deal with individuals who are not perfect, such as those with mental illness.

My impression is that these people are rejected, which can cause feelings of isolation from the community. There should be people available to them when they are young.

Every Parent’s Nightmare


Caring people of all creeds mourn the loss of beautiful Leiby Kletzky, and I too feel a kind of shell shock about this senseless murder (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). In reality I know that mentally ill people and child predators do exist. As careful as we are, eventually some snag a precious child. We cannot stop living out of fear of such possibilities.

Scrutinizing Shomrim


The Jewish Week hit the nail on the head concerning the tragic murder of Leiby Kletzky (“Tragedy In Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny,” July 22). The reality is that many haredi and chasidic Jews operate under a different standard than other Jews when reporting possible crimes, in their neighborhood. Whether its child abuse or other acts of violence, their first response is to report the matter to a rabbi or an Orthodox watch group like the Shomrim before turning to the police.

Israel Education


Too many Jewish teenagers are not prepared for the anti-Israel bias and propaganda they will encounter on college campuses, whether it is in the classroom or even a friendly gathering. Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the need for Israel education as a requirement for advocacy highlights a major problem in Jewish communities already short of resources (“We’ve Got It Backward, Israel Education Should Come First,” July 22).

Anti-Boycott Law


To those who claim that Israel’s new anti-boycott law goes too far in limiting freedom of expression (“Boycott Bill Generates Controversy,” July 15), the following question should be asked: “Do you also oppose Israel’s anti-incitement law?”

ZOA Supports Anti-Boycott Law


In your article about Israel’s new anti-boycott law, you state that the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) opposed its passage (“Boycott Law Generates Controversy,” July 15).

ZOA initially stated that before making a final determination, we must carefully “examine the law.” Now, after careful examination, the ZOA strongly sympathizes with its passage, as it helps protect Israel’s security and economic interests.

A Claims Conference Report To The Community

Special To The Jewish Week

Within the past year, the Claims Conference has obtained approximately $700 million in pledged funding from the German government for homecare for Holocaust victims through 2014, the result of intensive and prolonged negotiations with one focus: to provide the help that Nazi victims need in order to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. Having been abandoned by the world in their youth, the Claims Conference has been determined that they shall not also be abandoned in their final years.

Julius Berman

Israel’s Unfinished Symphony

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 7:57 p.m.
Torah: Numbers 33:1-36:13
Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2
Havdalah: 9:01 p.m.

“Command the children of Israel: This is the land which shall fall to you as an inheritance, the land of Canaan and its boundaries” [Numbers 34:2].

Shlomo Riskin
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