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Letters To The Editor

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Honoring Rabbi Klass’s Memory

I am writing to you on behalf of myself and many friends in Far Rockaway who feel as I do. We love The Jewish Press. There is something for everyone, for every age group.

One thing I’d like to see more of is coverage of and interviews with mayors and townspeople of places like Hebron and Shiloh, heroes who settle the land and don’t let obstacles get in the way.

Whenever we go to Hebron for Shabbos we bring The Jewish Press with us. The soldiers all gather around and want us to read it to them. They understand English but have trouble reading it. So I sit with them and read and read.

Your paper gives chizuk to so many Jews around the world. May Hashem give you the strength to continue this wonderful paper for generations to come. You honor Rabbi Sholom Klass’s memory beautifully each week.

Miriam Hammer
Far Rockaway, NY

Lapid Op-Ed

It was very bold and brave for The Jewish Press to provide space to Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid (“That’s Just How It Is in the Knesset,” op-ed, May 3).

While other Orthodox publications find it easier to attack Lapid instead of engaging in a constructive discussion on the merits of his budget and national service proposals, you have given your readers the opportunity to be part of the conversation. May this small step help set our people and the Jewish state on a course toward solving our common problems.

Sergey Kadinsky
Flushing, NY

Gerer Rebbe And Israel

Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff correctly states in his front page essay (“The Religious Zionism of Rav Soloveitchik,” May 3) that Warsaw was a “center of Ger chassidism” but neglects to mention that it was the Gerer Rebbe who urged his chassidim to go to Eretz Yisrael at a time when other rabbinic leaders, fearing that those who would go to Palestine would come under the secular influence of the Zionists, chose not to do so.

The phenomenon of the Gerer Rebbe’s passionate “Zionism” in prewar Poland and the subsequent formation of Poalei Agudas Yisroel and its influence on the fabric of Israel’s Torah-adhering society, merit an in-depth study comparable to Rabbi Rakkefet-Rothkoff’s detailed account of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Zionism.

Chaim Najman
Riverdale, NY

Israeli Prime Ministers (I)

In “Political Expediency…Or Adjusting to Reality?” (op-ed, April 26) Eli Chomsky perspicaciously presented the conundrum that presently animates Israel’s political debate and policies.

His depressing list of prime ministers who on attaining power cavalierly abrogated their campaign promises is not indicative of political smarts but rather the sad reality that politics has been corrupted, with duplicity rewarded and probity penalized.

The old question “How do you know when a politician is lying?” merits the only appropriate response: “When his lips are moving.”

Fay Dicker
Lakewood, NJ

Israeli Prime Ministers (II)

I read with interest Eli Chomsky’s op-ed article. I must say that I agree with his basic premise concerning all the Israeli prime ministers except one – namely, Menachem Begin.

Begin did indeed modify or somewhat soften his stance when Sadat came to Jerusalem, but to say he was willing to partition the land is a misunderstanding of his stance. His position at the time can be summed up as “autonomy for the Palestinian Arabs, security for the Palestinian Jews.”

That is a direct quote from the man. In other words he wanted the Arabs to be able to manage their own affairs, e.g.: police, municipal councils, judiciary, etc., under Israeli sovereignty. He remained dead set against any kind of Palestinian state, demilitarized or otherwise. He felt it would become a Trojan horse and an infiltration base for foreign hostile sources – the Soviet Union at the time.

In Begin’s scenario, the Israeli flag would never have come down over Judea/Samaria. As Begin explained at the time, these areas were to remain an integral part of Israel. He was dead set against a separate country inside the borders of Israel and he never changed his views on the matter, even after returning the Sinai.

Yaakov Feller
(Via E-Mail)

More On Geller And Free Speech

Reader Isaac Perlman (Letters, May 3) writes that I missed the point when I argued (Letters, April 26) that the cancellation of Pamela Geller’s speech at Great Neck Synagogue had nothing to do with censorship.

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  1. Funny isn't it that the synagogue saw no problem inviting BDS supporters who seek the destruction of Israel to speak but would not allow the pro-Israel Geller to explain her views. I have seen Geller speak and she is anti-Muslim extremism and not against all Muslims. BDS supporter hate Israel and hate Jews and should never be allowed to speak in synagogues. Why would we allow anyone to speak to us in favor of the destruction of Israel and our fellow Jews.

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