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Obama And Jewish Voters (I)

Reader Robert Gelb is living in a parallel universe when he derides President Obama’s Jewish detractors, claiming they will never believe anything positive about him regarding Israel (Letters, Sept. 21).

Has Mr. Gelb – and all the other Jews who in six weeks will once again vote for Obama in huge numbers – never heard about Obama’s self-proclaimed mission to reset the relationship between America and the Muslim world? Exactly who does Mr. Gelb think will have to bear the cost of the change in the status quo, if not Israel?

Leslie Miller
(Via E-Mail)

Obama And Jewish Voters (II)

If the polls are accurate, two-thirds of Jews will vote in November for a Democratic Party that no longer exists. The party of FDR and Hubert Humphrey that they knew has been hijacked by radical leftists who angrily opposed the decision to put recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital back in the 2012 party platform.

Two-thirds of Jews will vote for a president who insults Israel’s prime minister while bowing at the waist to Arab dictators with the blood of Israelis and Americans on their hands.

As soon as Obama was caught on an open microphone telling President Medvedev of Russia that he will be “more flexible” in his second term, there should have been no illusions about what he has planned for Israel and America in a second term.

For the sake of their children and grandchildren, Jews should end their mindless support of Obama, a post-Constitutional president who rules like a dictator with executive orders and Chicago-style thuggery.

George Rubin
New York, NY

Feeble Response

The feeble response of President Obama and his administration to the vile murder of our ambassador and to the violent demonstrations against our embassies has shocked all decent Americans.

It seems our president not only believes in redistributing U.S. wealth but also in relinquishing U.S. power. What a shame and a sham to project the farce that an insignificant movie galvanized such anti-American mob action.

Are we to apologize for our sacred belief in free speech? I still remember when Nazis marched in Skokie. Even Nazis – who epitomize bestial behavior –were protected by our Bill of Rights. Is the administration simply scared of standing up to Muslim terrorists? Was the president so certain that all is well that he did not ensure our embassies were sufficiently protected on the anniversary of 9/11? Or was he too busy to care for such matters as he prepared for his appearance on the David Letterman show?

I was born in America. I love America and am proud of its ideals. This president does not understand how hurtful is the feeling when our leader seems to shy away from championing basic American values.

Obama blew his opportunity to manifest true presidential leadership. What a terrible embarrassment for our people. This is not the type of courage and leadership needed in a president.

Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen
West Palm Beach, FL

Editor’s Note: Rabbi Cohen writes the weekly “Halachic Questions” column for The Jewish Press.

Government And Metzizah B’Peh

I think the brouhaha over metzitzah b’peh is artificially driven. While I suppose that restricting the practice could conceivably – though this is really a far-fetched scenario – result in restrictions on bris milah per se, how can one take the position that the government has no role in protecting a newborn from the transmission of disease?

This is not a contrived concern or subterfuge. Do supporters of metzitzah b’peh really believe that the rampant presence of herpes and other viruses in the population has no relevance at all to physical contact with a baby’s open wound?

Aaron Michaels
(Via E-Mail)

Critiquing The Times

Re “Déjà vu All Over Again? (editorial, September 21):

The Jewish Press performs an important service to the community with its incisive critiques of New York Times editorials, columns and news articles. The Times often informs as well as reflects the public debate over significant issues, and the leaps of logic and lack of balance that are carried in its pages are often not all that apparent.

For years I treated the Times almost as the purveyor of the revealed word. Not anymore. Keep it up.

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