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


Letters To The Editor


Letters-logo

(Via E-Mail)

Netanyahu’s Modest Proposal (II)

Shlomo Greenwald’s op-ed was an articulate, well-written article that made me think – and consequently agree.

Well done!

Dodi Lee Lamm
(Via JewishPress.com)

Netanyahu’s Modest Proposal (III)

It is my fervent belief that until the Arabs agree to allow Jews to live in this proposed new state there can be no peace. This agreement would be evidence of a true wish for peace.

William Lewis (Zev) Wexler
(Via JewishPress.com)

All Things In Moderation

Re Sara Lehmann’s Feb. 14 “Right Angle” column (“Conservatives Not Welcome in New York?”):

While understanding many of Ms. Lehmann’s problems with New York City’s liberal agenda, I take offense to her objection to what she describes as “the draconian gun-control bill rammed through the New York legislature soon after the Newton massacre.”

As a psychologist working at a corrections facility, I see first hand the devastating effects of the easy accessibility to firearms, especially among the juvenile population. This access is rampant in many inner city neighborhoods where guns and drugs seem to go hand in hand as both accepted and expected possessions.

What I also find revolting is when mentally unstable individuals somehow are given access to guns and other lethal weapons with which, not surprisingly, they commit the vilest criminal acts.

That is why I am a very strong advocate of strict gun control laws and personally believe that only those who work in law enforcement or other security-related jobs or live in rural areas populated by wild animals should be permitted to bear arms. For everyone else, easy access to firearms – especially without proper training and regardless of mental stability and appropriateness – is a prescription for the kind of disaster we have witnessed on all too many occasions.

For these reasons I am dismayed with Ms. Lehman’s embrace of the “right to bear arms,” which she ironically seems to juxtapose with the “right to life” (which to me is the direct opposite).

But what I find most disturbing about people like Ms. Lehmann is that, in their eagerness to subscribe to a particular agenda, they become ideologues who filter out whatever aspects of their agenda may not be so appropriate.

As a true independent (not to mention a Torah-abiding Jew), she should realize that not everything endorsed by conservatives is so appealing, just as not everything subscribed to by liberals is so repulsive. Other examples, besides our much-too-lax gun control laws, include the conservatives’ position on environmental issues and their lack of sensitivity to the underprivileged. I feel the so-called liberal agenda in these areas are more compatible with our Torah values.

Unfortunately, in our current extremely polarized environment everything is viewed as black and white and there is little room for more nuanced thinking. For these reasons I do not subscribe to either the conservative or the liberal agenda but feel there is a need for a more moderate agenda that combines the best of conservatism and liberalism.

That would include being very pro-Israel in foreign policy but, on the domestic front, taking a rational approach to guns, the environment, and certain social issues including compassion to those less privileged. This is the agenda I would embrace.

Tzvi Hershkowitz
(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.

One Response to “Letters To The Editor”

  1. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    Does Mr. Hershkowitz feel that the police and military in Nazi Germany did not enjoy a sufficient-enough monopoly on legal firearms ownership?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Arab attackers smashed these windows on an Egged bus in Jerusalem's Old City.
Egged Bus Attacked Traveling to Western Wall in Jerusalem
Latest Indepth Stories
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.”

Eller-013015

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

IRAN-US-POLITICS-MILITARY

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

Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.

Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/letters-to-the-editor/letters-to-the-editor-291/2014/02/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: