One thing that is not mentioned by Gary Rosenblatt in his column, “Israel’s Other Existential Threat” (Oct. 18), is that the brain drain and other domestic vulnerabilities of Israel relate to the vast spending on subsidizing, expanding and defending settlements and infrastructure in the West Bank.
I am a professional statistician who has worked with surveys and self-rated medical studies.
Regarding Christmas trees and Orthodox Russians? Many joined Orthodox synagogues and attend regularly. But the Communists of the USSR repressed Christmas and transferred it to the New Year’s celebration. So Russians think of it as a New Year’s tree with none of the connotations it has for many American Jews.
In the article “Less Attachment To Israel Among Younger Non- Orthodox” (Oct. 25), I was happy to see that Rabbis Ammiel Hirsch and Rabbi Gerald Skolnik are sending the youth of both the Conservative and Reform movements to visit Israel with programs such as Birthright.
Israel needs all Jews, no matter what affiliation. Please continue in these efforts.
The finding of the Pew Survey of “Less Attachment To Israel Among Younger Non-Orthodox” (Oct. 25) can be attributed importantly to the absence, at least until quite recently, of a forum where young Jews could manifest support for Israel while criticizing Israeli government policies many perceive to violate their values regarding human rights and social justice.
I have difficulty recognizing myself in the comments attributed to me in Ted Merwin’s article (“Noah’s Ark Deli Sails,” Oct. 25). First off, I do not at all subscribe to the view that with the closing of Noah’s Art “an era has ended.” Noah’s Ark was never part of that era, and, it must be said, never possessed the magnetism, or popularity, of its predecessors.