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Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Prayers For Soldiers

Anyone who would like to be part of the war effort in Israel can call 011972-2-581-1911 (Jerusalem) and receive the name of an Israeli soldier to daven for personally.

May Hashem answer all our prayers for the good.

Nechama Myerson
(Via E-Mail)

The Incomparable Rav Kotler

Marvin Schick is always a great read and he didn’t disappoint with his glowing account of Rav Aharon Kotler, zt”l (“The Legacy of Rav Aharon Kotler,” Front Page Essay, Nov.16).

Dr. Schick paints a picture of his greatness as only an intimate of Rav Aharon could and of the central role he played in the development of today’s Torah world. In particular, Lakewood has gone from being just a school to an overriding concept and state of mind that continues to impact the entire panorama of Torah education.

Despite the challenges posed by the Conservative and Reform movements, I have always thought there was a certain inexorability to the growth of Torah in America after the Holocaust as an expression of God’s will. Rav Aharon’s great talent and vision were used by Hashem to bring that about.

Gideon Herter
Jerusalem

Chilling Out About Obama (I)

Ezra Friedlander’s point (“We Need to Chill Out About Obama,” op-ed, Nov. 16) really needed to be made. I have never seen so much twisting of fact and intellectual acrobatics concerning a president of the United States as are continuously directed at President Obama. Can it be that alone of all of our chief executives he is the only one who never gets anything right? Or that he sits up at night thinking of ways to do in Israel and the Jewish people?

How is it that even when Mr. Obama follows what other presidents have done with regard to Israel, he gets savaged for it while the originators of those policies – such as Ronald Reagan and the second President Bush – are fondly remembered by the Orthodox community?

Chanie Leibovitz
(Via E-Mail)

Chilling Out About Obama (II)

I have often been embarrassed by the vitriol with which so may members of our community speak about President Obama, and I hope Ezra Friedlander’s op-ed last week will serve to demonstrate to those over-the-top critics that Obama is not all that different from other presidents.

I have great problems with Obamacare, for example, but why was Obama treated so harshly over it by people who gave Mitt Romney a pass over his enactment of virtually the same thing in Massachusetts? And as Mr. Friedlander ably illustrated, the views and policies regarding Israel for which Obama is vilified are not at all different from those of prior presidents.

Shmuel Present
(Via E-Mail)

Chilling Out About Obama (III)

I wonder what planet Ezra Friedlander lives on. Barack Obama said early on in his first term that he was committed to recasting the U.S. relationship with Israel and reaching out to Muslims. What other president came up with that statement? Does that mean nothing?

What other president sandbagged an Israeli prime minister just before meeting with him on an issue as important as the basis for the future borders of Israel? True, no president has moved the U.S embassy to Jerusalem, but for Mr. Friedlander’s information, The Jewish Press has pointed out more than once in its editorials that Obama is the only president who has refused to include an affirmative sentence in his waiver statement committing himself to such a move once circumstances permit.

Michael Greenberg
(Via E-Mail)

About That ‘Restraint’…

The United States, Great Britain, and Russia all request Israeli “restraint.”

I have a simple question for each:

If there were a MexiHamas firing missiles into the United States, would our reaction be restraint?

If there were a ScotchiHamas firing missiles into London, would England restrain itself?

If the Chechens were firing rockets into the Kremlin, would Putin counsel restraint?

The answers are all self-evident.

William K. Langfan
Palm Beach, FL

JNF Can Learn From The Church

Russell Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund, said in his Nov. 16 interview with The Jewish Press that he has no problem with the organization’s policy of only leasing land to Jews, stating: “I have an organization called the Jewish National Fund. If I had an organization called the Catholic Church, it would be different. I think the Catholic Church should be giving services for people who are Catholic.”

Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Quick Resolution

Thanks to The Jewish Press, our shul was able to reunite a visitor with the siddur he had accidentally left behind.

By Wednesday night of last week – the same day The Jewish Press came out with my letter about the siddur – the siddur’s owner e-mailed me and let me know that numerous people had already contacted him after seeing the letter.

This incident says a lot about your paper’s reach.

Thanks so much for enabling our shul to fulfill the mitzvah of hashavas aveidah.

Rabbi Akiva Males
Kesher Israel Congregation
Harrisburg, PA

Specter Fought Like A Giant

Re “Arlen Specter Remembered As Iconoclast Who Enjoyed Tangling With Tyrants” (news story, Oct. 19):

I am proud to say that late Sen. Specter was a friend of mine. He was the toughest man I ever knew. No matter how difficult the situation was, he stood up like a giant and fought – and with a ready smile.

Everything I ever asked him to do to help Israel, he did – from linking Palestinian aid to compliance with Oslo; to fighting Arab terrorists; to supporting moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem; to opposing Strobe Talbott, a hostile Israel critic, for undersecretary of state.

Specter was Israel’s best friend among the 13 Jewish senators. (Few knew that two of his sisters were Orthodox, with one living in Israel.) His passing was a great loss to Israel, America, and to me. I already miss him terribly.

Morton A. Klein
President
Zionist Organization of America

A Survivor’s Plea

I was born in Poland, and as a young boy I listened to Hitler say on the radio that his aim was to decimate the Jewish people. He did just that, killing six million Jews on the European continent. Today I hear the same from Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He wants to build nuclear bombs to wipe Israel and America off the map.

Yet we aren’t doing anything to stop Iran, just as incompetent and ignorant European leaders, such as Neville Chamberlain, didn’t do anything to stop Hitler in the early 1930s.

President Obama has visited Israel only once – during the 2008 election season. He hasn’t been there since. He did have time, however, to travel to Cairo where he promised the Muslim world a new beginning. In that infamous speech, he criticized Israel for the sufferings of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians. He also criticized western Christian nations for oppressing the Muslim world while failing to criticize Muslim fundamentalists for killing Americans.

Therefore, as a Holocaust survivor concerned for our future, I plead with my fellow Americans: Please don’t vote for Barack Obama on November 6. We can’t afford another four years of this man.

Larry Wenig
(Via E-Mail)

Liberal Christian Hypocrisy

I don’t know what alleged specific accusations of human rights violations the fifteen leaders of the Christian churches are referring to in their calls for Congress to reconsider U.S. aid to Israel (“Liberal Protestants Show Their True Colors,” editorial, Oct. 19).

Are these leaders aware that there are three formal documents from the three main umbrella Palestinian groups of Fatah, the PLO, and Hamas, all calling for the destruction of Israel?

Are the ministers aware that there were more annual Israeli civilian deaths from Palestinian terrorism after the Oslo “peace” agreements than in the 50 years before the supposed peace agreements were signed? The wall the Israelis built to protect themselves from Palestinian suicide bombers isn’t the obstacle to peace. The obstacles to peace are the Palestinian suicide bombers themselves, and a Palestinian leadership that supports and glorifies the Palestinian suicide bombers by naming squares and parks after them.

William K. Langfan
Palm Beach, FL

Rosenblatt v. Silverman: A Culture War

The numerous comments we’ve received at JewishPress.com responding to Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt’s open letter to comedian Sarah Silverman (op-ed, Oct. 12) are fascinating. Once you get past the expletives, you can learn a lot about the culture that produced them. The statements and the tone of the comments demonstrate the differences, even the massive gap, between Jewish culture and Jewish-American culture.

Rabbi Rosenblatt addressed a public figure who has no problems exposing her inner self and saying whatever is on her mind on any subject, no matter how offensive or inappropriate it might be to anyone. The rabbi questioned what her underlying motives might be and offered what he believes is the answer. He couched his message, as Silverman sometimes does hers, in his notion of Judaic values and cultural identity.

Flood Damages Chabad Center

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

A surprise flood on Thursday night, December 17 and early Friday morning December 18, has destroyed the Chabad Preschool and the main offices of Chabad of South Broward Headquarters. The flood that came without any warning damaged a relatively small geographic area, specifically Hallandale Beach and the coastal cities nearby.

 

The hardest hit area of Hallandale Beach was Hallandale Beach Boulevard and 14th Avenue, the intersection where the Chabad center is located.  It will take several weeks to know the extent of the damages to the synagogue and mikvaos.

 

An emergency fund has been set up to help Chabad continue their schools, move into temporary offices, and continue all their programs. Donations may be sent to Chabad of South Broward, 1295 East Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL, 33009.    

 

 Donations can also be wired to ABA# 063000021, Wachovia Bank N.A.,

1000 East Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009, Chabad account # 2000023637296.

 

For more information or to offer assistance, please call 954-243-8680.

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