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Free Seating Policy

Kehilas Mevakshei Hashem, 3011 Avenue K (between Nostrand Avenue and East 31st Street) in Flatbush, is pleased to reiterate our free-seats policy for the Yamim Noraim.

Seats are available on a first come, first served basis for men, women and children who wish to abide by our no talking policy.

Our doors are open each Shabbos (with no charges for membership, aliyos or seats). All who abide by the “No Talking During Davening” rule are welcome. We also accommodate year round mispallelim with a well-appointed simcha venue. For further information, please call (718) 469-6999.

Wishing Klal Yisrael a Kesivah v’Chasimah Tovah.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin

Kehilas Mevakshai Hashem

Brooklyn, NY

Obama And Israel (I)

Reader David Fass’s suggestion (Letters, Sept. 7) that the Obama presidency has not been a disaster for Israel, and that another term would not be even more of one, needs a reality check.

In the Egyptian revolt, Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood rather than Hosni Mubarak, who had a good relationship with Israel and the U.S. Can anyone say with certainty that Obama would not turn his back on Israel under any circumstances? Highly doubtful.

What’s worse, in this case Obama supported an enemy of the Jews, Israel and the U.S.

During Obama’s presidency, Iran has lost all fear of and respect for the U.S. Not seeing that turn of events as potentially disastrous for Israel, not to mention for the rest of the region, is shortsighted and naive.

Then there was Obama’s infamous assurance to the Russians that after the election he’ll have “more flexibility.” This clearly indicates he has a greater fear of voters than allegiance to his party. If our missile defense system is not safe from a shift in policy, can we be certain Israel is?

There is every indication that four more years of Barack Obama could have disastrous consequence on more than one front.

Josh Greenberger 

Brooklyn, NY

Obama And Israel (II)

Re “U.S.-Israel Military Exercise Downsized” (news brief, Sept.7):

The downsizing of the planned joint military exercise is the latest evidence that Israel does not loom large in President Obama’s thoughts and that the situation will be even more serious should he be reelected. He had already kept Israel out of international conferences on combating terror.

When will all the mindless Jews who vote Democrat no matter who is on the ticket finally wake up?

Deborah Wender

(Via E-Mail)

Democrats And Israel

The Democrats’ decision to remove the 2008 plank affirming that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city from the party platform could never have happened without Obama’s approval. The decision to put back the plank was rammed through over the angry objections of a majority of delegates who do not want Jerusalem recognized as Israel’s capital.

It should be perfectly clear to every Jew that the pro-Israel Democratic Party of Senators Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan is dead.

George Rubin
New York, NY

UN Boss’s Bias

The bias of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon always appalls me. He just issued a statement about the plight of the poor Palestinians in Gaza who are ruled by Hamas. He does not seem to feel that the poverty they are experiencing is due to Hamas’s habit of continually allowing rockets to be fired at Israel`s civilian population. That, of course, is the cause of Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

Why is it so difficult for him to say to Hamas that Israel cannot be expected to stand idly by while its people are under constant threat of death, and that in order to ease the blockade the rocket attacks on Israel must stop? By his words the secretary-general is telling the world that Israel is of no account; that only the Palestinians matter and they can do anything they want.

Toby Willig

Jerusalem

Local Politics (I)

Your endorsement last week of Assemblyman Dov Hikind left out an important piece of news. Not only did an unknown candidate with an Irish-sounding name get 40 percent of the vote in Hikind’s overwhelmingly Jewish district in 2010, which you indeed pointed out, but Brad Lander, who ran in 2009 for City Council with Hikind’s very strong support, got only about 20 percent of the vote in areas overlapping Hikind’s Assembly District.

Lander won the election, but the fact is that Hikind’s much-touted clout was never manifested in that race. Another fact is that an unknown opponent was preferred over Hikind by four out of ten voters in Hikind’s 2010 reelection campaign. Even if young Mr. Tischler loses, all he needs to do is make a substantial showing and all bets are off for 2014.

Harold Fried

(Via E-Mail)

Local Politics (II)

Reader Aaron Rosen (Letters, Sept. 7) got it right in criticizing The Jewish Press for treating “the Tischler boys” as if they were serious candidates. Dov Hikind and Simcha Felder are veterans when it comes to serving our community. If anyone deserves the support of The Jewish Press, they do.

Shulem Brecher

(Via E-Mail)

A Lesson For Activists

As Steven Plaut pointed out (“Israel Liberated from Assault of the Corries,” op-ed, Sept. 7), anti-Israel activists have long believed in the strategy of provoking military responses to civilian provocations like the flotilla movement and Rachel Corrie’s interference with IDF anti-terror operations in Gaza.

The idea is to embarrass Israel by claiming criminal overreaction and to seek international sanctions. It has not caught on. And now, with the dismissal of the charges in the Corrie affair, these activists must know that more often than not, putting themselves in harm’s way for “the cause” is likely to be a fool’s errand.

Esther Nuemann

(Via E-Mail)

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