web analytics
February 1, 2015 / 12 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Letters To The Editor

NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose)

NY State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose)

Schumer’s Shame

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham put his Democratic colleague Chuck Schumer to shame during last week’s Senate hearings on President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. In connection with what Hagel had said about the “Jewish lobby,” Graham challenged him to name one senator who was intimidated by that lobby. Hagel had no answer.

Compare Graham’s grilling of Hagel with the actions of Schumer, who for the sake of political expediency effusively endorsed Hagel after a brief and private meeting.

But let us look at the bright side. Schumer did get to say “l’chaim” at the inaugural ceremonies, and that is truly Yiddishe nachas.

Reuven Solomon (Via E-Mail)

Arguing Guns (I)

Robert Avrech’s account of his harrowing adventure during the 1992 Los Angeles riots was as riveting a story as one would expect from a seasoned screenwriter (”Jew Without a Gun,” front-page essay, Feb. 1), but I think some of the lessons he draws from his experience beg further scrutiny.

Avrech might feel secure as a “Jew with a gun,” but many studies indicate that keeping a gun in the home significantly increases the risk for a gun-related death in the home. The gun you bring into your home is far more likely to injure or kill a family member or friend than an armed intruder. For this reason the American Academy of Pediatrics states “the safest home for children and teens is one without guns.”

Intentionally or unintentionally, Avrech also creates the perception that the most effective way to deal with an intrusion is to engage the “bad guys” in a firefight. This is unwise in most circumstances. Even if you, as the homeowner, could manage to retrieve your gun from locked storage, retrieve your bullets (stored in a separate location for safety), and load your weapon before the intruder enters the house, shouldn’t you instead be using this critical time to get the family out of the house or into a safe room and, of course, call the police? For the safety of the family, I would hope so.

Finally, Avrech hypothesizes that “if you outlaw weapons, only the state and the outlaws will be armed.” Putting aside the dubious logic of this statement, I don’t know who Avrech thinks is conspiring to outlaw weapons. Recent proposals only restrict certain kinds of military-style guns and ammunition that have facilitated the horrific mass killings of recent years.

Such restrictions seem quite reasonable to most Americans since these types of guns are not needed for hunting or self-defense (as Avrech himself attests). Moreover, as far as I can tell, none of the proposed initiatives would interfere with Avrech’s enjoyment of his own Springfield pistol. So why all the drama?

David Fass Teaneck, NJ

Arguing Guns (II)

The Obama administration is intent on disarming Americans, which it will do with the convenient help of the United Nations.

The UN under the guise of a proposed global “Small Arms Treaty” that is premised to fight “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates” will also target the Second Amendment right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms as a defense against tyranny. It will create an international gun registry – clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.

Without due diligence, during some night in the future your front door will be kicked in by UN Blue Helmets.

Robert Dahlquist Orange, CA

Stop The Self-Promotion

While he likely meant no offense, I must take exception to reader Samuel Finck’s thesis that the tremendous resurgence of Torah Judaism in America is directly attributable to the last two Lubavitcher Rebbes (Letters, Feb. 1).

To be sure, their contributions were significant, but we cannot downplay the efforts of such luminaries as Rav Aharon Kotler, Rav Moshe Feinstein and the Satmar Rebbe, to name but a few.

It is time for the various strands of Orthodoxy to stop engaging in self-promotion and learn to function as a cohesive unit, and with Hashem’s help this unity will lead to the Ultimate Redemption with the coming of Mashiach.

Dr. Yaakov Stern (Via E-Mail)

Question Of Priority

A recent story in the New York Daily News caught my eye. The News reported on the new Lincoln Square Synagogue, built at a cost of $50 million, including $30 million raised in new funds. The building has bronze featured throughout and sanctuary benches made with wood from cedar from Lebanon.

Whenever I read a story like this about a nonprofit organization building a luxurious new structure, I wonder what happened to the recession we keep hearing about. And I can’t help but recall reading articles in The Jewish Press and elsewhere about the yeshiva tuition crisis and receiving letters in the mail asking me to help the hungry and the sick both in New York and Israel.

While each person obviously has the right to donate his money as he sees fit and each organization has the right to spend its money as it desires, the story leaves me troubled. (Though I’ll admit that for all I know, Lincoln Square Synagogue raises millions of dollars a year for charity.)

But it’s not just the Lincoln Square story that’s at issue. When there are plenty of empty seats in neighboring shuls and a rabbi or a group decides to spend money on a new shul (or shteibel), the question is the same. When an ornate new shul gets built, the question is the same. (Yes, I know about hiddur mitzvah.) And when thousands of dollars are given or raised to write a sefer Torah for a shul that already has a dozen, it’s the same question again.

Harold Marks
(Via E-Mail)

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Letters To The Editor”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Handout photo of texted message sent by a fearful Christopher Cramer from Saudi Arabia before his death.
Saudis Hold Body of U.S. Elbit Subcontractor After Mysterious Death in Tabuk
Latest Indepth Stories
HETi_logo2

It is offensive that in commemorating the Holocaust mentioning Israel was deemed inappropriate.

Questions-Answers-logo

Many questions, all with thee same, single answer

Eli Weiss

Shepherding in the Shomron isn’t your usual kind of shepherding – despite his business-minded beginnings, Eli has discovered that a strong ideological impetus powers the job.

Resnick-013015-Pilot

I said to myself, “This story has got to be told. We’re losing this generation of World War II and if we don’t listen to them now, we’ve lost it.”

His entire existence was about spreading simcha and glorifying G-d’s name on a daily basis.

An Israeli strike could theoretically damage Iran’s nuclear program; only US can terminate program

At some point we need to stop simply defending and promoting Israel and start living in Israel

“We Jews are the only people who when we drop a book on the floor pick it up and kiss it.”

Though Zaide was the publisher of The Jewish Press, a big newspaper,I always remember him learning

Speaker Silver has been an extraordinary public servant since his election to the Assembly in 1975 and has been an exemplary leader of that body since 1994.

He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.

Drawing Congress into the Iran nuclear debate is the last thing the White House wants.

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/letters-to-the-editor/letters-to-the-editor-238/2013/02/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: